Installing motherboard and ssd drivers after clean install


  1. Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Home, 2004
       #1

    Installing motherboard and ssd drivers after clean install


    I did a clean win 10 install following the guide by Brinck forund here on Tenforums.
    I have also downloaded the most recent drivers for my motherboard (Asus, B360M-K Prime) from Asus site (chipset, SATA, LAN and Audio) (found here)

    I have a few questions regarding the chipset, SATA and SSD drivers that i am hoping you guys could help me with:

    1) Under the "chipset driver" section on Asus' site there are two different types of downloads: a) Intel Chipset Driver (~5MB) and b) Management Engine Interface (~100MB).
    Do i need both and which do i intstall first?

    2) Under the "SATA" driver section there is only one type of download: "Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver software". However, when I unzip this folder there are two folder inside: "Install" and "Driver". The "Driver" folder contains drivers and 64-bit drivers, while the "Install" folder contains SetupRST (installs Intel Rapid Storage Technology user interface).
    Do i need to install both and do i install the drivers from the "Driver" folder first?

    3) I'd like to install the driver for my SSD (Intel SSD 660P 512GB NVMe M.2). I went to Intels site and searched on my product. I think that what i need is "Client NVMe* Microsoft Windows* Drivers for Intel® SSDs" (found here). Here i have two options for my 64-bit OS: "Client-64bit_f6flpy.zip and "Setup_NVME.exe". What is the difference and which one do i need?
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  2. Posts : 27,797
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #2

    Hi Damum

    1) Yes to both. I would install chipset first. Not sure it matters. It is likely that Windows has already install the latest. They would be listed in Device Manager under System Devices.

    2) You don't need, l seen threads where people avoid installing IRST. If you want to install run setup and let it install driver. With most if not all Asus installs there is an exe to handle setup. They try to make it easy.

    3) Can't answer difference. Would be nice if they would add just a little bit of documentation. There is the Intel tool, upper left portion of that link you provided. It will interrogate system and handle all Intel installs. Another member may know difference. If I were to do this manually I would go with the Setup exe. The file labelled client looks like it is just drivers.
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  3. Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Home, 2004
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Caledon Ken said:
    Hi Damum

    1) Yes to both. I would install chipset first. Not sure it matters. It is likely that Windows has already install the latest. They would be listed in Device Manager under System Devices.

    2) You don't need, l seen threads where people avoid installing IRST. If you want to install run setup and let it install driver. With most if not all Asus installs there is an exe to handle setup. They try to make it easy.

    3) Can't answer difference. Would be nice if they would add just a little bit of documentation. There is the Intel tool, upper left portion of that link you provided. It will interrogate system and handle all Intel installs. Another member may know difference. If I were to do this manually I would go with the Setup exe. The file labelled client looks like it is just drivers.
    Hello Caledon Ken and thank you for your answers. Yes Asus do make thing a little easier with their "AsusSetup" stuff. The problem is when a folder contains subfolders and each contain a AsusSetup - which one to install... (see below).

    Question 1 is solved - i think.

    Question 3 : I did som more digging around the SSD driver and you're right: client stuff are just the drivers so i'll be going with the setup-NVME.exe. file. So this question is solved too, i think.

    I am still confused about question no. 2: Inside the downloaded zip folder there are two folders: Driver and Install. The install folder is for the IRST (it has SetupRST and AsusSetup .exe files) - this is the one i could avoid.

    Inside the driver folder there are two "options":
    a) Straight into the folder there are som .ini files and a single AsusSetup,
    b) but there is also a folder named 64-bit. Inside the 64-bit folder there are several .ini., .sys and .exe files, including a AsusSetup64

    The download was for a 64-bit Windows 10, but should i run both AsusSetup files (both the one named AsusSetup and the one named AsusSetup64)?
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  4. Posts : 40,004
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #4

    Windows will install some non-Windows drivers.
    Download and install the Intel driver and support assistant > install drivers (typically better performance)
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  5. Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Home, 2004
    Thread Starter
       #5

    zbook said:
    Windows will install some non-Windows drivers.
    Download and install the Intel driver and support assistant > install drivers (typically better performance)
    Thanks @zbook. That seems easy and straight-forward. What drivers will it install? Chipset, SATA and SSD?
    Would it not be better to install them from my motherboard manufacturer?

    Edit: Intel says that Intel® Driver & Support Assistant does not support chipset drivers (see here).
    Last edited by Damun; 24 Apr 2020 at 04:55.
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  6. Posts : 27,797
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H1
       #6

    Q2 - Run AsusSetup.

    Re chipset. Did you check version number after windows installed in device manager? Is it greater than version from Asus?
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  7. Posts : 40,004
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #7

    Damun said:
    Thanks @zbook. That seems easy and straight-forward. What drivers will it install? Chipset, SATA and SSD?
    Would it not be better to install them from my motherboard manufacturer?

    Edit: Intel says that Intel® Driver & Support Assistant does not support chipset drivers (see here).
    1) It's always best to install the best tested drivers displayed on the computer or motherboard manufactuer's website.
    2) If a driver is needed that is not displayed then use the component manufacturer's website: Intel, Nvidia, AMD, Killer Networks, Realtek, etc.
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  8. Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Home, 2004
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Caledon Ken said:
    Q2 - Run AsusSetup.

    Re chipset. Did you check version number after windows installed in device manager? Is it greater than version from Asus?
    Short answer: I did not check because i apparently did not know where to look.

    I thought that i'd check it in device manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, but right after installing windows ithis is just some generic driver. This only gets updated after i install the SATA drivers from ASUS. This confused me a little because this driver clearly is not the chipset driver. But i thought it was.

    Later i found out that you can see chipset driver version by checking the version string in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\InfInst. (using regedit). Unfortunately too late...

    Is there a way to see chipset driver version in device manager?

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    zbook said:
    1) It's always best to install the best tested drivers displayed on the computer or motherboard manufactuer's website.
    2) If a driver is needed that is not displayed then use the component manufacturer's website: Intel, Nvidia, AMD, Killer Networks, Realtek, etc.
    I figured that the best drivers for my motherboard were the latest Asus ones.
    I wouldn't know if i am missing a driver that is not displayed...
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  9. Posts : 40,004
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #9

    Damun said:
    Short answer: I did not check because i apparently did not know where to look.

    I thought that i'd check it in device manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, but right after installing windows ithis is just some generic driver. This only gets updated after i install the SATA drivers from ASUS. This confused me a little because this driver clearly is not the chipset driver. But i thought it was.

    Later i found out that you can see chipset driver version by checking the version string in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Intel\InfInst. (using regedit). Unfortunately too late...

    Is there a way to see chipset driver version in device manager?

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    I figured that the best drivers for my motherboard were the latest Asus ones.
    I wouldn't know if i am missing a driver that is not displayed...
    Example: The current drive may develop ware to where it requires replacement.
    The drive is replaced with a Samsung drive.
    In this case the Samsung Magician software is likely to have the best driver.
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