Which drivers are better and recommended; Automatic drivers from Windows Update or Manual drivers?


NndnG

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Hi,

In Windows 10 and Windows 11, almost all drivers get download automatically.

Moreover, manual drivers are also available for each component on manufacturer's support website.
Nowadays most of users and tech guys go for Automatic drivers from Windows Updates.

Which drivers are better and recommended for better performance of components?

Moreover, can we be assured about drivers from Windows Update; drivers from Windows Update are exactly same which are required for components?

Please elaborate and advice.

With Regards
NndnG
 
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Nowadays most of users and tech guys go for Automatic drivers from Windows Updates.
Most tech guys I know (those of us that build) download drivers from the vendor site where available. These are typically GPU, sound, motherboard, and other drivers not necessarily supplied by Windows or are basic in nature such as GPU drivers. Here though Windows provides a base GPU driver, if you want to tweak the GPU, you'll need the control panel, which is included in the vendor drivers.

Anyway, this is a debate that rages on - Windows vs Vendor, but both are equally important if you understand your devices and what you expect from them as explained by the GPU drivers above. Same with a keyboard/mouse - Window provides a base driver, but if your keyboard/mouse has with special features/functions you'd want the vendor specific drivers, not the Microsoft ones.

In the end while Windows provides a base set of drivers, it does not include ALL drivers for all devices. With that, the best way to tell if a driver is missing is to look to Device Manager and if you see "Unknown Device" with yellow question marks/points, you know there's a driver missing.
 
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