I just bought a new PC laptop (Acer 3820T-6420) which came with Windows 7 home. I have a legal copy of Windows 7 ultimate which I plan to install. I plan on formatting my HD and installing windows 7 to get rid of the bloatware.
I find the default windows install, includes most default drivers. Do I need to install the drivers from the manufacturer? I find some the drivers have these annoying popups and dont seem necessary.
Edit: I am trying to install the minimum drivers. From past experience, there are drivers I must have and there are other drivers I may want to have and and then there are other drivers that I dont need at all. For example, if I install windows and the networking works, do I bother installing the 'Lan Atheros' driver listed below? Do I need the Intel Chipset driver? Will it actually give me any benefit? I know there are some drivers I definitely need like the wireless one.
If there are some drivers I should include which ones are they? The following is the list from the Acer website for my machine:
Chipset Intel Chipset Driver 184.108.40.2065 2.3 MB 2010/03/17 AHCI Intel SATA AHCI Driver 220.127.116.111 16.1 MB 2010/03/17 AMT Intel Intel iAMT Driver 18.104.22.1689 5.3 MB 2010/03/17 Audio Realtek Audio Driver 22.214.171.12429 77.4 MB 2010/03/17 Bluetooth Atheros Bluetooth Driver (3.0) 7.01.000.18 57.3 MB 2010/10/19 Bluetooth Atheros Bluetooth Driver 6.04.002 64.8 MB 2010/03/17 Bluetooth Broadcom Bluetooth Driver (3.0) 126.96.36.19900 59.0 MB 2010/10/19 Bluetooth Broadcom Bluetooth Driver 188.8.131.520 57.7 MB 2010/03/17 CardReader Alcor Card Reader Driver 184.108.40.206 6.7 MB 2010/03/17 Lan Atheros LAN Driver 220.127.116.11 4.6 MB 2010/03/17 Modem liteon Modem Driver 18.104.22.168 2.0 MB 2010/03/17 TouchPad ALPS Touchpad Driver 7.105.2015.1107 8.5 MB 2010/03/17 TouchPad Synaptics Touchpad Driver 22.214.171.124 29.2 MB 2010/03/17 Turbo Boost Intel Turbo Boost Driver 126.96.36.1992 2.8 MB 2010/03/17 VGA Intel VGA Driver 188.8.131.524 37.1 MB 2010/09/16 Wireless LAN Atheros Wireless LAN Driver 184.108.40.2069 31.4 MB 2010/03/17 Wireless LAN Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver 220.127.116.11 20.5 MB 2010/03/17 Wireless LAN Intel Wireless LAN Driver 18.104.22.168 381.1 MB 2010/03/18 Wireless LAN Intel Wireless LAN Driver (INT6300H) 22.214.171.124 128.4 MB 2010/04/09 Wireless LAN Intel Wireless LAN Driver (6250) 126.96.36.199 128.5 MB 2010/09/28