Realtek LAN Driver Realtek website or Microsoft Update Catalog?

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  1. camelia's Avatar
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    Realtek LAN Driver Realtek website or Microsoft Update Catalog?


    Hello,

    Are the LAN Drivers from Realtek website and Microsoft Update Catalog same version?

    Should I download the latest LAN Drivers from Realtek website manually or wait to get the update via Windows Updates after a Windows 10 clean install?

    Realtek website has the LAN Drivers version 10.026 released 2018/5/11

    Thanks
    Came
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  2. Grom0X's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
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    Hi, download it direct from Realtek site.
    Realtek LAN
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  3. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Home
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    camelia said:
    Are the LAN Drivers from Realtek website and Microsoft Update Catalog same version?
    Microsoft - latest tested driver. As long as it works, MS does not bother updating it.
    Realtek - latest released driver. It might contain bug and security fixes, new features.

    I like to keep drivers updated, particularly because of security, especially network driver.
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  4. Plankton's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    TairikuOkami said:
    Microsoft - latest tested driver. As long as it works, MS does not bother updating it.
    Realtek - latest released driver. It might contain bug and security fixes, new features.

    I like to keep drivers updated, particularly because of security, especially network driver.


    I never looked at it that way....you've opened my eyes to that point. Now to update!
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  5. Plankton's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Question: With the Realtek driver, going with the latest updated version. Will it keep my "Realtek Audio Manager" or will I loose that? I remember updating once before and all I got was the driver and not the software.
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  6. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Home
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    For the record, MS has the latest version in its database, it just does not release it to public.

    Microsoft Update Catalog
    Plankton said:
    Question: With the Realtek driver, going with the latest updated version. Will it keep my "Realtek Audio Manager" or will I loose that? I remember updating once before and all I got was the driver and not the software.
    That depend, if you download just the driver or the full package.
    The size matters: 10MB - just a driver, 100MB+ - a full package.

    Microsoft Update Catalog
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  7. Plankton's Avatar
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    TairikuOkami said:
    For the record, MS has the latest version in its database, it just does not release it to public.

    Microsoft Update Catalog

    That depend, if you download just the driver or the full package.
    The size matters: 10MB - just a driver, 100MB+ - a full package.

    Microsoft Update Catalog


    Thanks......
    So I just downloaded the driver from Realtek....and it's just the driver (as usual)...No audio manager, it's gone now. Where is the full package on the realtek site?
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  8. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Home
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    Realtek does not list its latest audio drivers, MS does it for them.

    Latest Realtek HD Audio Driver Version - Windows 10 Forums
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  9. Posts : 1,049
    10 + Linux
       #9

    camelia said:
    Hello,
    Are the LAN Drivers from Realtek website and Microsoft Update Catalog same version?
    Should I download the latest LAN Drivers from Realtek website manually or wait to get the update via Windows Updates after a Windows 10 clean install?
    Realtek website has the LAN Drivers version 10.026 released 2018/5/11
    Thanks
    Came
    Hope this will help. Without Realtek latest, we have Internet speed issues.

    Network Card Driver Missing: Realtek MTD-10.0.15063.29094 / 10.19.627 - Windows 10 Forums
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  10. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
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    I don't rule out checking with the maker of the motherboard for drivers, they are allowed to modify things when building the board and making changes in the BIOS on the board as they see fit/desire.
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