Updating hardware drivers through Windows Update

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Gordon, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    The received wisdom in the XP world, was "do not use Windows Update to
    update hardware drivers". Has that changed at all in Vista? (I'm being
    offered optional updates to my wireless card in Windows Update...)

    Gordon, Mar 19, 2008
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    Malke Guest


    Malke, Mar 19, 2008
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  3. Gordon

    Gordon Guest

    Thanks - I thought so!
    Gordon, Mar 19, 2008
  4. IMO this has always been overblown. It really doesn't have anything to do
    with Vista. It is just a matter of some folks being of the opinion that the
    same drivers are somehow better if gotten from the manufacturer rather than
    from WU. They are all the same drivers anyway, except that they should show
    up on the mgs's site a few days or weeks before WU. MS doesn't write or
    modify them. I will be flamed for this but so be it.
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 19, 2008
  5. Gordon

    RalfG Guest

    No flame but they are not always the same drivers at Windows Update. At
    least not the more complex ones. By way of example Windows update
    continually tries to offer me a nearly 2 year old driver for my ATI card,
    despite the fact that I already have the most current one installed. As well
    as that the driver being offered does not include the appropriate Catalyst
    configuration utility. The extended settings are either missing when just
    the WU driver is installed or if Catalyst CC is already present on the
    computer it becomes corrupted when the version doesn't match the driver's. A
    similar thing happens with the audio drivers from WU. The WU driver
    installed automatically with a clean install of Vista but right away some of
    the audio outputs were non-functional. Certain speaker configurations
    wouldn't work in Windows or even be shown as an option in Media Center.
    There are other examples that I've encountered as well, such as WU WiFi
    adapter drivers that invariably blue screened and even incorrect webcam
    drivers (wrong camera model being detected).
    RalfG, Mar 20, 2008
  6. My point is that the advice to never use WU drivers is overblown.
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 20, 2008
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