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Question Windows 10 and drivers

Turbonium

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Mar 15, 2003
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but on a fresh install, Windows 10 seems to detect all devices, and install any necessary, and updated versions, of drivers (which I find rather incredible, as things have come a long way).

Still, is it recommended to manually download and install drivers off manufacturer websites? Say, for a GPU, for example?

I'm just not used to this ease-of-use with Windows.
 

mikeymikec

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May 19, 2011
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If the manufacturer of a given piece of hardware has released a Windows 10 driver, I would probably use it.

If there's nothing particularly special in the machine and it's from an era older than Windows 10, I think Win10 can be relied upon to get reasonably decent drivers the vast majority of the time.

Another thing to bear in mind that if the GPU is a few years old, even if the manufacturer shows a newer driver, it doesn't necessarily mean it's better. IIRC my R9 380X stopped getting better+newer drivers a couple of years ago; they (AMD) still release new drivers but it's not like anything is changing for an older graphics card usually, maybe if a new game doesn't work properly then maybe a driver fix will become available, but in terms of general performance/stability improvements, probably not.
 

vic11con

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Most of the times you don't need to install the drivers manually but sometimes if you feel like you can definitely do it manually. Or you can use some drivers updating tools or softwares.
 

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