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Whether to install these drivers or not?

  1. #1

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1

    Whether to install these drivers or not?

    I have a laptop Haier 7G-5H. It was given by university a few months ago. It is still in warranty. I got a dvd with it which has all the drivers for it.
    I formatted the windows and installed fresh copy of OS. Now i have to install the drivers. I am aware of what must be installed and what must not be. But there is a problem. In the dvd, there is a folder for intel widi, rapid start, rapid storage and smart connect technology. I am not sure, that i should install them as well or not. I am holding them to be installed because i don't want to clog the system with something installed that is not inside. I mean suppose i install the software and there is no hardware inside.
    So, how to know which drivers to install from above mentioned 4 (i installed the other ones fine. display, audio, intel management engine, touch pad, lan and wlan etc.) but these 4 are confusing me.

    When i go into BIOS setup, i see the options to disable or enable the intel anti-theft technology, intel rapid start (as the laptop has legacy mode and UEFI mode too) and i installed the OS by disabling "secure boot". So, please guide me about these four ones.

    1. Intel widi
    2. Intel rapid start
    3. Intel rapid storage
    4. Smart connect technology
    5. Bluetooth (i am not sure if it has bluetooth or not but device manager is not showing anymore unknown hardware)

    Last edited by awaixjvd; 20 Jul 2015 at 09:10. Reason: some info left

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  2. #2

    Unless you use them, disable the following in the BIOS/UEFI

    Intel Rapid Start
    Intel Rapid Storage
    Smart Connect Technology

    As for Intel WiDi, unless you use wireless display, disable it if you can.

    Bluetooth can be installed, but disabled. Enable it when you need it.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 12
    Windows 8.1

    Thanks for your answer.
    But how to know whether i have blue tooth hardware and intel widi hardware (for wireless display)? because i am unaware of these things. Also in device manager there is no more un-installed hardware, everything is installed.

    But for example the the smart key (the ones which are for brightness, volume and such other functions by pressing Fn and short key) is not shown in device manager but one must install the driver to make them function.

    This is why i am asking, how to know which hardware i have? I have been using "driver magic" which shows all the hardware info and i couldn't find anything that is left from installing.
    I have disabled the rapid start, rapid storage and smart connect technology from BIOS.

    Just bit confused though.
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  4. #4

    The Intel Wireless Display driver that you listed is to enable the support for wireless displays. It's a Intel HD Graphics feature that is built into the CPU. If you don't have a wireless display device, and don't ever intend to use one (you probably don't/won't) then you don't need to install the driver.

    To know if you have a Bluetooth device on your laptop, look up the specifications for your model. If you cannot do that, install the driver, and look to see if the device is listed in device manager.

    It sounds to me like you're all set, and don't need any more drivers.

    Check device manager for any "Unknown" devise, or devices with a little yellow exclamation point next to them. If you see none, you are fine.
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