Windows 10: Which drivers do I install?

  1.    14 Apr 2016 #1

    Which drivers do I install?


    Hi! I'm just very confused about which drivers I need to install - the ones from my motherboard's manufacturer's website, or the ones from Intel? For example, I have the GA-H81M-DS2V motherboard and the Intel Management Engine driver on Gigabyte's website is 11.0.0.1158. However, on Intel's website, the latest driver update is 11.0.4.1186. I know that motherboard manufacturers can tweak things to best suit the motherboard, but it doesn't seem right for the drivers to be out of date. This is the same with my graphics driver (different on the two websites). I would really appreciate some help!

    Thanks in advance
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  2. Posts : 3,209
    10.5 Home 1803 x64
       14 Apr 2016 #2

    The latest driver is usually the best one, motherboard manufacturers do not always keep up with the latest drivers.
    Unless you have a dual graphic card or something special like that, tweaking from a manufacturer is not really an issue.
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  3.    14 Apr 2016 #3

    Izzy, I would follow Tairiku's advice, but remember to set a System Restore Point first.

    You can also go to Device Manager, select your device, and let MS choose.
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  4.    14 Apr 2016 #4

    Some drivers like what you are referring to are compatible with a long list of motherboards. So, it is possible that Intel updated the overall installer to include new boards, but the driver for your particular one isn't any different, regardless of the which file you use. If you really aren't sure, go with the one on your motherboard's website. Most likely, it is the last version available for your particular motherboard, and won't net you anything different than the newer Intel file. There shouldn't be any harm going with the Intel file, either.
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    Wndows 10 x64 Home version 1803
       14 Apr 2016 #5

    TairikuOkami said: View Post
    The latest driver is usually the best one, motherboard manufacturers do not always keep up with the latest drivers.
    Unless you have a dual graphic card or something special like that, tweaking from a manufacturer is not really an issue.
    I agree.

    I'd go with that advice Izzy. Sometimes the drivers on the motherboard manufacturers site aren't kept up to date.
    Realtek HD drivers, graphics drivers and Intel ones are generally out of date.
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  6.    15 Apr 2016 #6

    Thank you to everyone. One last question, where do I stand on chipset? Motherboard or Intel?
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