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A few questions about installing the chipset drivers

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    A few questions about installing the chipset drivers


    Out of curiosity...and I know this might sound like a dumb question.....Lets say you've installed the Intel chipsets first as you are supposed to do...then you install the rest (Intel Management Interface, graphics, SATA, Audio, Network and any other driver updates that are required).
    What happens if 6 months later a newer version of the Intel Chipset software becomes available?
    !. Do you install it or not?
    2. If you do install a newer version of the Intel chipsets do you then have to install all your other hardware drivers ((Intel Management Interface, graphics, SATA, Audio, Network) again? i.e does it affect the previous drivers that you might have installed in a recommended installation order. The reason I ask is because I know its critical that Intel Chipsets are installed before anything else and Im not 100% sure why though I have a good idea.
    Would installing a newer version of the Intel Chipsets affect any previous hardware drivers you installed or would it just make the new chipsets more compatible with any new devices you might install in the future without interfering with any previous drivers for any hardware that you have already installed?
    Sorry if that sounds like a stupid question. Im just trying to get a better understanding of how the Intel Chipsets work

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    Forever West
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    I find that most times if the computer is working properly there is no pressing need to update many drivers unless a new feature has been added that wasn't available when the motherboard was in production. Some updates offered by Microsoft may not be exactly right for the hardware in the computer, especially for add-in cards like Video/Graphics as the vendor of a card buys the chipset on it then implements as they desire. I use the Sapphire line of ATI/AMD video cards and have never had success using Windows drivers with them.

    Same for BIOS updates. I've had to do only one BIOS update and it was years ago to allow support for HDDs over 512MB after 540MB HDDs became available.
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    Windows 8.1


    I think there was a bit of confusion to what I was asking in an earlier post. Ive read it back and probably didn't explain what I was asking as clearly as I could have done. So Am I right in thinking that after a clean installation of Windows 8 from Windows 8 DVD (not a factory restore image) . As long as I've installed the Intel Chipset software first (followed by the drivers for all your other devices)...I can then go ahead and install any other newer drivers as they become available in the years ahead in any order. This includes the main chipset drivers, video, audio, Intel Management Engine Interface, Intel Rapid Storage (SATA) etc.without having to worry about the order I install them in or it affecting any of the drivers I have already installed previously?
    So basically, if Im understanding you all correctly..It is only that first initial Intel Chipset software installation you do immediately after a clean install of Windows that is important and has to be installed before any of the other drivers but it is a one time thing..and only applies when you first install Windows 8. After that...you can install anything in any order (including being able to update the Intel Chipset driver itself to a newer version any time you like) ?
    Last edited by rickb278; 05 Oct 2014 at 12:51.
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    Forever West
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    So basically, if Im understanding you all correctly..It is only that first initial Intel Chipset software installation you do immediately after a clean install of Windows that is important and has to be installed before any of the other drivers but it is a one time thing
    That is a much simpler question so the answer for it would be Yes. Installing the chipset first helps in Windows knowing what resources are available.
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