Windows Update Query - nVidia - Display - NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by FalconMan, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. FalconMan

    FalconMan Guest

    Hi there,  I am fairly conscientious when it comes to downloading the Windows Online Updates that I am periodically prompted to do. There is a recent "Important Update" request (nVidia - Display - NVIDIA GeForce 8200M G) that is bigger than usual - 85.8Mb. I have a 350Mb per month data package, which is more than adequate for my use (I don't download music, videos, etc), but downloads like this Windows Update really have an impact on my data allocation, especially when I am not to sure what its use is / why it is needed? Please could you provide me with some clarity on the importance of this update, what it is required for, etc. Thanks (from sunny South Africa)

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    FalconMan, Apr 8, 2010
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  2. Do *not* get hardware updates from the Windows/Microsoft updates web page
    unless your hardware happens to be Microsoft manufacturered... Always get the
    hardware drivers (when you need them) from the actual manufactureÑ of said
    Ǝиçεl, Apr 8, 2010
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  3. In the overwhelming majority of cases, all "Critical" updates
    should be installed. These address serious issues that can affect a
    large number of computers. There will be only rare occasions when a
    Critical update will not apply. Of special importance are those that
    address security vulnerabilities. If people had installed the available
    critical updates in July of 2003, the Blaster and Welchia worms would
    not have spread throughout the Internet the following month. In the
    unlikely event that problems do develop, you can always use the Control
    Panel's Add/Remove Programs applet or a System Restore Point to
    uninstall the troublesome hotfix.

    For the "Recommended" updates, simply study the information
    provided to see if these updates apply in your specific situation. If
    they don't apply, or you're not experiencing the problem(s) addressed,
    you needn't install them. For instance, I have no use for WinXP's
    MovieMaker, so I ignore any updates to it. Again, in the unlikely event
    that problems do develop, you can always use the Control Panel's
    Add/Remove Programs applet or a System Restore Point to uninstall the
    troublesome hotfix.

    In general, though, I've found it best *not* to download the
    "Driver" updates from Windows Update, unless they're for a hardware
    device originally manufactured by Microsoft. Device drivers provided by
    each component's manufacturer's web site are likely to perform better
    and offer more features than will the watered-down, "generic" drivers
    that those manufacturers provide to Microsoft for distribution via
    Windows Update.


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    Bruce Chambers, Apr 9, 2010
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    FalconMan, Apr 10, 2010
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    Chuck Guest

    My HP laptop has an Nvidia 8200G M embedded video system. I'd suggest
    that you go to the Nvidia web site for the update. If the update is
    what I believe it to be, and you are using video drivers from some time
    ago, it will likely noticeably speed up the video system, as the last
    update did to my laptop.
    Chuck, Apr 16, 2010
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