When installing drivers, should I be installing the chipset drivers first, or doesn't it matter? i.e. can I jump straight to the nic driver?

  • Windows should automatically install the device drivers when the device is detected.
    – Ramhound
    Aug 27, 2014 at 11:42
  • Through experience it shouldn't matter. @Ramhound - What if Windows doesn't have the driver in its store to begin with, especially if you have no network connectivity to download from Windows Update...
    – Kinnectus
    Aug 27, 2014 at 11:44
  • The obvious answer is if Windows is not aware of the driver. It will ask the user for the driver then automatically install the driver. 99% of network devices will work with the default lan device driver.
    – Ramhound
    Aug 27, 2014 at 11:46
  • @Ramhound, windows 7 didn't detect the nic driver at all. for the gc, it just installed a generic driver which only allows a resolution of 640x480. Aug 27, 2014 at 11:58
  • I was speaking of the network driver, the chipset driver , is another story. In any case just providing windows the driver is enough the order really isn't important
    – Ramhound
    Aug 27, 2014 at 19:31

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In windows 98 ages... Yes. Especially the chipset has onboard nic. Now it doesn't matter. But I still prefer to install the chipset driver first.

Sometimes, it is more important to install chipset driver with integrated graphics device before you install individual graphic card driver.

  • Aye, old habits die hard. Glad to see someone here who knows old hardware but doesn't perpetuate out-of-date knowledge that is so commonplace.
    – Jason
    Aug 27, 2014 at 15:53

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