Device Drivers From Windows Update



Jentle Jiant
07-09-2005, 10:36 PM
Ever since SP2 was installed, Update has had a very large new driver
for my display card, an ATI Radeon 9700 pro W. TV out. (20+mg, on my
dial-up connection is very large!)

I have read in this group, and others, various warnings against
accepting device drivers from Update, So have not downloaded it.

I have tried to get updated drivers from my machine's maker, Dell, but
the files they offer are always rejected by my computer as being
incorrect for the device. No amount of Tech SUpport communication has
been helpful.

So, I have the following three questions:

1: Why should I not accept the drivers from Windows Update?

2: How does Driver Rollback work? If I need or want to rollback, do I
need to have discs with the most recent driver's? Or is rollback
accomplished in the same way that Restore points are done.

3: Is there a way I can create usable backup discs of my existing
video drivers, or indeed ALL my device drivers?

Thanks

Jentle Jiant

Charlie
07-09-2005, 10:36 PM
I can answer question 2 - You are correct that it's similar to System Restore
in that it simply gets you back to your previous driver configuration.

I am most interested in question 1 - I would like to know the same thing.
At one point I thought it was a bad idea to accept driver updates from MS
through Windows Updates, until I realized that they were coming from the
manufacturer in most cases.


"Jentle Jiant" wrote:

> Ever since SP2 was installed, Update has had a very large new driver
> for my display card, an ATI Radeon 9700 pro W. TV out. (20+mg, on my
> dial-up connection is very large!)
>
> I have read in this group, and others, various warnings against
> accepting device drivers from Update, So have not downloaded it.
>
> I have tried to get updated drivers from my machine's maker, Dell, but
> the files they offer are always rejected by my computer as being
> incorrect for the device. No amount of Tech SUpport communication has
> been helpful.
>
> So, I have the following three questions:
>
> 1: Why should I not accept the drivers from Windows Update?
>
> 2: How does Driver Rollback work? If I need or want to rollback, do I
> need to have discs with the most recent driver's? Or is rollback
> accomplished in the same way that Restore points are done.
>
> 3: Is there a way I can create usable backup discs of my existing
> video drivers, or indeed ALL my device drivers?
>
> Thanks
>
> Jentle Jiant
>

Jentle Jiant
07-09-2005, 10:36 PM
On Wed, 18 May 2005 11:21:03 -0700, "Charlie"
<Charlie@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

>I can answer question 2 - You are correct that it's similar to System Restore
>in that it simply gets you back to your previous driver configuration.

Thanks for that info. I take that to mean I do not need to have a
backup file for the older drivers? Is that correct?


>
>I am most interested in question 1 - I would like to know the same thing.
>At one point I thought it was a bad idea to accept driver updates from MS
>through Windows Updates, until I realized that they were coming from the
>manufacturer in most cases.
>

Well, the explanatation I vaguely remember froma previous post in
this,, or some other microsoft newsgroup was that each manufacturer
customizes the card and drivers in various manners, so the generic
files from the maker may not be suitable.

It does not make sense to me. But then neither does the fact that the
drivers from Dell are not accepted by the computer.

Anybody reading this have any other ideas?

Thanks

Jentle Jiant
>
>"Jentle Jiant" wrote:
>
>> Ever since SP2 was installed, Update has had a very large new driver
>> for my display card, an ATI Radeon 9700 pro W. TV out. (20+mg, on my
>> dial-up connection is very large!)
>>
>> I have read in this group, and others, various warnings against
>> accepting device drivers from Update, So have not downloaded it.
>>
>> I have tried to get updated drivers from my machine's maker, Dell, but
>> the files they offer are always rejected by my computer as being
>> incorrect for the device. No amount of Tech SUpport communication has
>> been helpful.
>>
>> So, I have the following three questions:
>>
>> 1: Why should I not accept the drivers from Windows Update?
>>
>> 2: How does Driver Rollback work? If I need or want to rollback, do I
>> need to have discs with the most recent driver's? Or is rollback
>> accomplished in the same way that Restore points are done.
>>
>> 3: Is there a way I can create usable backup discs of my existing
>> video drivers, or indeed ALL my device drivers?
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> Jentle Jiant
>>


Device Drivers From Windows Update