Solved Do I need to install the video drivers?

May 23, 2012 at 19:41:45
Specs: Win 7
It has been almost four weeks since I installed Windows on a
clean disk, and just realized that I never installed the drivers
supplied by the video board manufacturer. Is there any good
reason to install them?

64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1
Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 4850 video board with 1 GB GDDR3
connected by HDMI cable to a 24" 1920 x 1200 Dell monitor

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
May 24, 2012 at 00:14:13
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Windows will recognise and install the drivers for most popular, and certified, hardware so it has probably already installed the latest drivers that Microsoft have tested and you don't need to do anything further. You can check in Control Panel/Device Manager that you haven't got any asterisks against hardware items just to be sure.

The only reason you may want to install drivers yourself is if you find some display functions aren't working properly, but this would be more apparent if you were using it as a gaming machine, and although there will almost certainly be newer drivers available, whilst they will probably work fine, because they haven't been Microsoft certified you could, in theory, have problems after installing them.

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#2
May 24, 2012 at 17:11:05
Subject to what has already been stated I would be inclined to say "that's nice" and leave well alone unless you have the need.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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