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Should I Install The Drivers That Came With My Motherboard

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    Windows 8 Pro

    Should I Install The Drivers That Came With My Motherboard


    Hello All,

    I have a desktop PC with an MSI A78M-E45 motherboard. I just did a fresh install of Windows 8.1 Pro and everything is working perfectly (display, hard drives, USB, etc.).

    I was wondering, since everything is working fine should I even bother to install the drivers that came with my motherboard?

    I was also wondering, if I don't install the drivers is it possible that there might be some hardware that is either not installed or installed with a (windows) driver that either doesn't exactly match the hardware and/or limits the hardware's capabilities?

    For example, let's say my motherboard has USB 3.0 ports and Windows uses it's own drivers but they are for USB 2.0. The average user might not even notice since most people don't pay attention to what version of USB they are using.

    Thank you,

    Jan

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    Windows 10


    Does Device Manager report that you're missing any drivers?

    Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.

    In the screenshot below, all is ok.

    Click image for larger version
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    Well, if you really want to, you can. It's because all those drivers were in the CD you don't have anymore. I don't see the point in doing so, but yeah, go ahead.
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    Drivers on a CD that is included with a motherboard have the advantage that you know they will work with that motherboard. But they have the disadvantage of not being updated since they were originally loaded on the CD.

    My approach has been to install those drivers from CD right after installing the new motherboard (so I know I have the right drivers in place), and then go to the motherboard site to see if they have any updated versions -- and if so, download and install those.
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    This adage always applies:

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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    Problem is that some of drivers (specially for video and sound) coming from windows installation and MS are just basic drivers without any way of controlling them or even with much lower performance. Drivers from manufacturer's disk, if it's older than a year are most probably outdated comparing to ones from manufacturer's site, they should be preferable to others.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Does Device Manager report that you're missing any drivers?
    No it does not. One strange thing, however. Before I installed the drivers from MSI there were several entries in Device Manager that were using Microsoft drivers (Bluetooth for example). After I installed the MSI drivers they were then listed as Intel, Realtek, etc.

    I guess what happens is Windows has the ability to "drive" almost all common hardware and comes with those drivers by default. Then, when you install the drivers from the manufacturer, management of the device is handed over to that driver.

    This makes me wonder..., Let's say you don't install the manufacturer's drivers for a hardware device and Windows uses it's own drivers. Will the hardware operate in a limited capacity since Windows drivers are generic and don't know how to hand any extended features that the device might have? Is there even such a thing as a generic driver that only covers the core functionality of a device or do drivers always have to cover all the features?
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by kaylagarcia View Post
    Well, if you really want to, you can. It's because all those drivers were in the CD you don't have anymore. I don't see the point in doing so, but yeah, go ahead.
    What I ended up doing was only installing some of the drivers. I used two methods to determine which drivers to install:

    1. Check the version of the MSI driver and compare it to the version shown in Device Manager. If the MSI driver was newer I installed it.

    2. If I was installing a utility/application (not a driver per say) I did some Google searches to find out what the software was for and if there were any complaints about it. If I felt like the program was unnecessary (Live Update for example) I didn't install it.

    ~Jan
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    Posts : 70
    Windows 8 Pro


    I wanted to mention one other thing about downloading drivers from the web.

    I went to Asus.com to download drivers for my other computer (an N550JK laptop) and looked at all the available downloads. For some reason ASUS shows drivers from two or more different manufactures for the same device!

    For example, the Bluetooth driver list had three downloads from Intel and one from Realtek. Different versions AND different manufacturers! What I did was make intelligent guesses as to which manufacturer's drivers I needed to download and then selecting the driver version was easy, just grab the highest number. I am worried, however, that I could have downloaded the wrong driver for one or more of my hardware devices.

    Curious, what would happen if I installed a Reltek driver on Intel Bluetooth hardware? Do the installers check the hardware to make sure it matches what the driver was designed for? If not, what would happen? Would the device be totally broken or would it have partial (core?) functionality only?

    Thanks again,

    Jan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Drivers on a CD that is included with a motherboard have the advantage that you know they will work with that motherboard. But they have the disadvantage of not being updated since they were originally loaded on the CD.

    My approach has been to install those drivers from CD right after installing the new motherboard (so I know I have the right drivers in place), and then go to the motherboard site to see if they have any updated versions -- and if so, download and install those.
    Good idea! I had a bad experience doing this, however, on my other computer (an ASUS N550JK laptop).

    A few weeks ago I replaced my HDD and so I did a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro. After I installed Windows I did not install any of the ASUS drivers until after all the live Windows updates installed. Then I installed the software from ASUS.

    When I tried to run a few programs that were specific to my laptop model (MAXX Audio, for example) it did not work. Also, the quick launch hardware button on the top of my laptop didn't work either. Both of these worked with the laptop running in it's factory condition so I know something broke.

    What I ended up doing was another clean install. This time I disabled my internet so Windows wouldn't download any updates or make any changes. I immediately installed the ASUS drivers/software and then enabled the internet connection and let Windows do it's thing.

    After Windows finished with all of it's updates I checked the programs that were broken before and they worked again just like they did from the factory.

    ~Jan
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