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Should I install my drivers from Asrock's site or the manufacture's?

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Go to solution Solved by Kilrah,

You want GPU and chipset from the manufacturer and you likely won't need any other, Windows will load them automatically.

So I'm about to wipe my computer and install Windows 11, I know I need drivers and such and I want to have them all downloaded in advance so I don't forget about them (I'll back up the files of course) but I can't decide from where to download the drivers. Asrock provides a download page for all the drivers I need, but I don't know if they're the most up-to-date or if they're tailored for my motherboard. I was originally planning on going to the manufacture's site like amd's drivers page, realtek for their internet and audio drivers, etc. But I don't know which source I should download the drivers from, could anyone point me to the right direction?

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You want GPU and chipset from the manufacturer and you likely won't need any other, Windows will load them automatically.

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I download drivers for hardware that windows doesn't see automatically. After that, my view is if it ain't broke, don't update

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1 minute ago, Kilrah said:

You want GPU and chipset from the manufacturer and you likely won't need any other, Windows will load them automatically.

Got it, thank you!

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9 minutes ago, Radium_Angel said:

I download drivers for hardware that windows doesn't see automatically. After that, my view is if it ain't broke, don't update

This is really the best strategy. People, especially those new to PC's seem to get very bent out of shape about "drivers" and believe its this long arduous process. In reality, get the OS installed and let Windows Update run a few times, outside of the GPU and chipset drivers that I ensure to manually install myself, everything else just works through WU on a reasonably modern system. 

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