Windows 10: Clean install, all seems to work. Do I still need to install drivers?

  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       14 Nov 2015 #1

    Clean install, all seems to work. Do I still need to install drivers?

    Hey folks.

    Just did a windows 10 clean install in my system. ASUS p8z77-m + 3770k + samsung 850 evo + 2TB HDD.

    I got no exclamation marks in device manager and everything seems to work. LAN and Sound are alright for instance.

    Do I still need to install the drivers available at ASUS page? They are the chipset driver, management engine, intel RST and realtek audio.

    What do you think?
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  2.    14 Nov 2015 #2

    My guess is no. You seem to be good to go.
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  3. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       14 Nov 2015 #3


    I was told once that not installing drivers is a one-way ticket to BSOD.

    And also that samsung SSDS benefit from intel RST, especially because my mobo has intel sata ports and not installing it could lead to SSD freezing.

    I'm not sure though
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    Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64 Win10Prox64
       14 Nov 2015 #4

    You don't need to install RST if you are not using RAID. However, I always install latest Intel Chipset Drivers from Intel which will update the drivers for all devices on MB.
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  5. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       16 Nov 2015 #5

    So even though all seems to be working fine I'd still need the chipset driver? What difference will it make?
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  6. spapakons's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1803 (April 2018 build 17134.48)
       16 Nov 2015 #6

    Installing latest chipset driver will update all system devices and eliminate any compatibility or performance issues. For other devices, it is generally preferable to replace generic Microsoft drivers with manufacturer's (OEM) drivers. This is because Microsoft drivers offer basic functionality and do not enable all the device's features. So in essence the device is not working at its full potential or gives access to all its features without an OEM driver. This is mostly important for graphics adapter which performance matters most. In audio, the worst it can happen is that you won't have all the audio effects supported by the device available, or you won't be able to change from stereo to more channels, for supporting devices. In network you have problem connecting to certain routers or see other strange behavior. I always prefer to install as many as possible OEM drivers and let Microsoft drivers only for devices I couldn't find an OEM driver.
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