I went ahead and downloaded the 64 bit R2.75.... ran the execution file and installed without a hitch.... now it shows I have an OLDER driver installed than previously.... 22.214.171.12446 (date: 14/05/2014).... how could that happen...? Surely driver installers that do the 'uninstall current driver first' would check to make sure...? And why would Realtek have an older driver available as the latest...?
This is all very confusing
If you have downloaded 126.96.36.19960, it is in cab, you have to unpack it and update via device manager.
There is no setup, which you can run. Select the folder, and the Windows will find the driver itself.
Version 188.8.131.5243 dated 2/03/2015 posted at Microsoft Update Catalog this April 2015.
For x64 / 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, 7, 8 & 8.1 [yup, the digital signature CAT files for 7443 have OSAttr of 2:6.0,2:6.1,2:6.2,2:6.3 (WHQL for these OSes) unlike the 7460 driver, which was WHQL for Win8.1 & higher only and had OSAttr of 2:6.3]
Note: Because the download from Microsoft Update Catalog is a CAB archive file, you need archiving tools like 7zip, WinRAR, Winzip, etc. to unpack the files inside and use Device Manager to manually install the 7443 driver. No automated setup.exe file is included in any of the CAB downloads from Microsoft Update Catalog. I hope I made that clear to Win8 users who are trying to obtain Realtek HD audio driver downloads from the Microsoft Update Catalog site.
as of this morning R2.75.exe is up on the Realtek web site
just an FYI
hope everyone is doing great
This is one of the reasons I don't download drivers from the RealTek site anymore.
The so-called R2.75 file from the RealTek site has the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 5/14/14, version 184.108.40.20646
In contrast, the version 2.7x drivers I downloaded from Station_drivers, have the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 4/19/15, version 220.127.116.1184
Also, I downloaded an older version of the drivers from the RealTek site last fall, with the following:
File RTKVHD64.sys, dated 11/14/14, version 18.104.22.16885
So, in reality, these so-called "new" drivers from RealTek are actually over a year older than drivers available elsewhere!
Not my experience. The driver installer just checks to see if a version is already installed, and if so, uninstalls it. After reboot, it then installs the drivers you selected. I know this because I've been able to restore an older version of the drivers this way, when a newer version I got elsewhere didn't work well.Surely driver installers that do the 'uninstall current driver first' would check to make sure...?
Agree -- and you'll notice the version numbers on this "new" R2.75 are lower than version numbers on previous driver downloads. Also, I checked my "backups" drive where I keep older versions of drivers and found an old "R2.75" file I downloaded from RealTek last year that had a 5/21/14 date on it, and version number of 22.214.171.12446 -- which, according to folks that have installed this "new" R2.75 driver package, matches the version number they now have.What really counts is the version number,
So, it looks like what RealTek did is simply repost last May's driver package.