I've just installed Windows 7 on my PC.
I went online to look for drivers. For my motherboard, Foxconn offers LAN drivers, on-board audio drivers, and chipset drivers. And for my graphics card, Nvidia offers a graphics card driver, obviously.
But then I stopped and wondered... what benefit would I gain from installing them?
- The LAN cable is plugged in and I'm online; no problems there.
- The on-board audio is working fine.
- A quick Google tells me that a chipset is responsible for moving data around my motherboard – which seems to be happening OK!
- And my graphics look perfect.
So why should I install the drivers? What would they give me, other than badly designed "management" interfaces, and pointless "notifications" whenever I plug in an audio jack?
If there are different considerations for each of the components – chipset, audio, LAN, and graphics (and any others you think I should be aware of) – please break it down in your answer.
Update: I've had a couple of answers already, saying that I'll get better stability, bugfixes, etc.
Can I slightly expand my question... Can I get all these same benefits if I install the drivers via Windows Update? And if I do this, would I avoid having to install the vendor-specific UIs, which I find so annoying?