Laptop OEM drivers


MartinX2

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What is the best way to install Laptop drivers after clean windows installation?
Nowadays windows install all drivers automatically during or right after the windows installation or first boot up (when laptop/pc is connected to internet).
So there is two ways to install OEM drivers and I want to make sure which one is the best.

1. Disconnect internet connection before windows setup to prevent automatic driver installation by windows.
So after the first boot up there will be no drivers and I can manually install OEM drivers from USB. After that connect to the internet and update rest of the drivers through windows update.

2. Install windows with internet connection, after the first boot up let windows do the work (let windows install all drivers and updates) and after that download all OEM drivers and install them on top of already installed drivers.
 
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CornishRattler

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Option 2 for me. I just let WU take care of the updates initially then turn off driver updates and get which ones I want. OEM drivers are sometimes way behind, graphics drivers come to mind for a start where Dell are concerned. If I want any Dell stuff I'll go there and get them
 

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    Windows 11 Pro Beta, 11 Dev, W10 VHDX Triple Boot
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    Dell Alienware M15 Ryzen Edition R6
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 8GB GDDR6
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    1 x Samsung 980 Pro 1TB
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Dch48

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Option 2 but only partially. I just let Windows install what drivers it wants and they practically always work and are more recent. I don't understand why people would install Windows with no internet connection. Then I look in Device Manager and see if there is anything that didn't get a driver. I look on the OEM site and also do a search for the device ID. Sometimes the OEM drivers are outdated or for an older OS version. Other than the graphics drivers, which I keep updated, if something works, I leave it alone. I do not install OEM drivers unless there is a need for things the Windows drivers don't provide. I only find this with sound or video drivers and only sometimes. I do turn off automatic installation of drivers from Windows Update after the initial set up. Laptop makers are notorious for not keeping updated drivers available. OEM drivers are not always the best ones.
 

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    MSI B550-A Pro
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    Realtek integrated
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    Acer Nitro 24" RG241Y 144hz refresh rate
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    Western Digital Black SN770 1 TB NVMe SSD
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    CM Storm Devastator
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    E-Blue Cobra Jr.
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    Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
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    Asus board (GA402RK)
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    16 GB Samsung DDR5-4800
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    Integrated Radeon 680M and discrete Radeon RX 6800S with 8GB GDDR6
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    Integrated Realtek with Dolby Atmos
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    Laptop screen 14" WQXGA, IPS, 120hz refresh rate
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    2560 X 1600
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    1TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD (WD Black SN850)
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    Battery power and Asus power brick/adapter. Also has USB-C charging
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    Laptop
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    Laptop fans in vapor chamber
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    Touchpad and Omoton bluetooth mouse
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    Built in RGB backlit
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hsehestedt

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Here's what I like to do:

BEFORE reinstalling Windows, make a backup of all drivers on the laptop by exporting them like this...

Open an elevated command prompt and run this command:

Code:
pnputil /export-driver * C:\Drivers

Note that you can specify any location in place of C:\Drivers and this process may take a few minutes.

Copy C:\Drivers along with all subdirectories to another HDD or flash drive so that you will have access to it after reinstalling Windows.

Reinstall Windows - I prefer to make sure that network connectivity is disabled, but this is usually not necessary.

After Windows is reinstalled, open an elevated command prompt. Change directories to the location where you now have those exported drivers. For example, if you now have the exported in D:\Drivers, you will run these commands:

Code:
D:
CD \Drivers

Finally, run this command:

Code:
pnputil /add-driver *.inf /subdirs /install

Just as with the export, this may take several minutes. Please note that the screen may go blank for a short time when the display driver is being installed. This is normal. You should reboot the system when the process has been completed.

Note: The first time that I do this on a system, I like to make sure that I have an image backup of the system just in case something doesn't work as expected, although this has worked every single time for me.
 

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    Windows 11 21H2
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    PC/Desktop
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    Home Built
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    Intel i7-11700K
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    ASUS Prime Z590-A
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    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
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    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
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    Realtek (on motherboard)
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    HP Envy 32
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    2560 x 1440
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    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
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    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
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    Logitech MX Master 3
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    Chromium Edge
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    Windows Defender
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    HP Spectre x360 15-BL012DX
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    Intel i7-7500U
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    32GB
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    Dual Intel HD 620 and Nvidia GeForce 940MX
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    4k 15-inch
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    4k (3840 x 2160)
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    1TB Seagate FireCuda 510 NVMe SSD
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    Chromium Edge
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    Windows Defender
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