My sister recently bought a new Thinkpad T430. The T-Series is the Thinkpad, and Thinkpads are the laptops of choice if you need Windows (or Linux). She installed Windows 7, and out of the box neither Ethernet nor Wifi worked. No problem, I sent her the Wifi driver and she could continue to setup and update the system. It's expected that the DVD doesn't contain drivers for recent hardware. But what surprised me was this:
Not even Windows Update had the drivers for the Intel chipset, the Intel Ethernet device, the Broadcom Bluetooth controller and some other stuff.
As a Linux user, I don't understand how that can be possible. Especially for Intel devices.
- Does Windows Update only ship drivers that were developed by Microsoft?
- Is there an issue with software quality (or certification) of third-party drivers?
Please don't list alternative software that downloads or updates drivers. I'd like to know why the built-in version doesn't work.