[Fresh Windows install on my PC] Windows drivers or provider drivers?

  1. plloiuujn's Avatar
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       #1

    [Fresh Windows install on my PC] Windows drivers or provider drivers?


    Hi guys,
    It feels like forever since Iíve installed Windows on a PC.


    I got my 2018 Acer Nitro 5 and Iím waiting to do a clean install now. Provider drivers are outdated af (2017/2018). Is there any reason not to let W10 do all the driver stuff?


    I remember there was a time when Iíd turn off the network, install the drivers from the provider (this laptop doesnít even have a CD slot lol) and then turn network on and let Windows update them. Iíve had issues in the past with certain drivers (e.g. integrated Intel GPU on my old Lenovo) that seemed to be different between the provider and Windows Update.

    Thanks!
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    If Windows clean installs and all is well, fine.
    You should only need to worry about drivers if there's a problem.
    If your PC is old, you might need to use older drivers if there's a particular problem.

    Never use driver updater programs unless there's a driver you really can't find at all.

    The one situation where you will need to download something specific from your manufacturer is if the device has special hardware features such as backlighting or special keys that are not supported by a clean install.
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  3. spunk's Avatar
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    As stated, you probably don't need any drivers.
    Press the Windows key+X and choose Device Manager. Are there any devices with yellow flags? If not, then you don't need ANY drivers unless a device isn't working properly or as stated, if the features aren't enabled. If you do see a device with yellow flag, then download the drivers from the Acer Support/Download Drivers site, not from any 3rd party driver finder software
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  4. plloiuujn's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    If Windows clean installs and all is well, fine.
    You should only need to worry about drivers if there's a problem.
    If your PC is old, you might need to use older drivers if there's a particular problem.

    Never use driver updater programs unless there's a driver you really can't find at all.

    The one situation where you will need to download something specific from your manufacturer is if the device has special hardware features such as backlighting or special keys that are not supported by a clean install.
    spunk said:
    As stated, you probably don't need any drivers.
    Press the Windows key+X and choose Device Manager. Are there any devices with yellow flags? If not, then you don't need ANY drivers unless a device isn't working properly or as stated, if the features aren't enabled. If you do see a device with yellow flag, then download the drivers from the Acer Support/Download Drivers site, not from any 3rd party driver finder software
    Thanks for answering!

    Yeah well I was thinking of using my old approach.

    Download the drivers from the manufacturerís website even though they are old (2017/2018) on a USB. Install Windows. Disconnect the network. Install drivers from USB. And then let them update from WU where needed
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    I would let Windows install drivers first and only revert to the manufacturer's website drivers for what you need after Windows is done.
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  6. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2
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    As stated. Windows 10 has a large driver data base and will probably install most drivers when Windows Installs.
    After the first Windows Update, It will find most other drivers that weren't loaded with Windows. After that, Anything that doesn't have a driver, you would go to the Manufacturers site to download
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