Windows 10: Need help with motherboard drivers
Need help with motherboard drivers
I have a new motherboard on the way and i want to get drivers downloaded to a usb to have ready to install. There are so many i don't know what ones i need. My motherboard is an ASUS Z97-A/USB 3.1. Could someone let me know what ones i need thanks. I will be running windows 10.
You may not need any of them very much. I doubt that any of them are needed to get Windows up, running, and on the Internet. If I was fearful, I'd have the Intel LAN drivers handy. In the (very unlikely) event that Win 10 didn't install those, the machine couldn't get on the net.
I'd suggest the latest versions of the Intel chipset software and the MEI (Management Engine Interface). Maybe the Intel graphics drivers (mainly if you plan to use the onboard graphics) and the Realtek audio drivers (if you plan to use the onboard sound), although you may automatically get them through Windows Update. The Intel Rapid Storage drivers may be nice, although you may need to set your SATA controller to RAID in the BIOS in order to install them. (You won't need to actually be using RAID.)
I have always avoided using the Asus motherboard utilities. If you wish to use them, you can install them at any time.
I was a little surprised to see that there are no drivers for the USB 3.1 controller. The only thing there is a firmware update, which may be needed if your board has not had it applied already. Ditto for the motherboard BIOS. (WARNING: a failed motherboard BIOS update can make the board unbootable. Asus has some means to recover from that, but I don't know how likely those are to succeed. A BIOS update is recommended only if it contains fixes or updates that you need, like to update RAM support or for a new CPU.)
I strongly recommend that you set Windows 10 to not update drivers through Windows Update. You can't block all updates, but you are allowed to prevent driver updates. Automatic driver updates appears to be something that sounds like a good idea but that may not always work in practice.
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