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Enable "Automatically get device drivers" during install?

  1. #1

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    Windows 8 Professional 64 bit

    Enable "Automatically get device drivers" during install?


    I am unsure whether I should enable ”Automatically get device drivers, apps, and info for new devices” when installing Windows 8 Pro?

    What exactly will it do?

    If I enable this, will Windows then automatically install software packages/drivers from the manufacturer, like for example the Logitech Setpoint software for their keyboards and mice – and similar software for other devices? I don’t want or need that. Or will it behave like in Windows 7?

    On my other PC with Windows 7 I see in Windows Update that there are a couple of optional updates, including that Logitech stuff, as well as some driver for a BenQ monitor I have – and also nvidia video drivers. This kind of stuff I don’t want or need installed automatically as important updates in Windows Update - so I am worried if enabling this automatic driver stuff in Windows 8 is different than Windows 7? Meaning that it will get installed “secretly”/automatically?

    However, it’s fine that Windows finds them so I can manually go and check if I want to install any of it.

    The key is that the updates are optional in Windows 7, but I have seen a few people complain about Windows 8 installing stuff like video drivers and mouse drivers automatically.

    I hope someone can help me, thank you

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    Posts : 660
    windows 8.1

    See here for more info Device Installation Settings - Windows 7 Help Forums

    This tutorial with info is also for windows 8.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Professional 64 bit

    Thank you for replying.

    Can you confirm that the settings you link to are the same as the one called "Automatically get device drivers, apps, and info for new devices" that you can enable/disable during initial setup of Windows 8 (here it is only possible to enable or disable though, which is a bit confusing)?

    My main question though is if Windows 8 will behave the same as Windows 7 in terms of device driver updates, if I enable the "Automatically get device drivers, apps, and info for new devices"? Here I am thinking if they are still just marked as "optional" as opposed to important or recommended.

    I haven't changed these settings you link to in my Windows 7 installation (they just sit at default), but I still just get drivers listed as optional in Windows Update - so that it doesn't automatically install them. This is how I would like it to be in Windows 8 too
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Enable "Automatically get device drivers" during install?
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