> Following my initial setup of Vista an optional video driver appeared in the
> automatic update. I installed it and upon restart my computer would not make
> it past POST. I tried booting from the Vista disc, then the system repair and
> finally the system restore. Nothing worked. I had to do a fresh install of
> Is this normal? I want to update the video drivers obviously, but at the
> same time I don't want to risk having to reinstall Vista again.
It is not uncommon for drivers from Windows Update to cause issues,
although your case was pretty extreme. This is why I - and other
knowledgeable people - recommend that you *never* install drivers from
Windows Update. Also, the First Rule of Driver Updates is "if it ain't
broke, don't fix it". Normally if everything is working you want to
leave things as they are. The exception is that heavy-duty gamers will
usually want to update their video and sound drivers to squeeze every
last bit of performance out of the hardware to get the fastest frame
rates. If you're not one of those people, you don't need to update your
drivers. See general drivers information below:
Never get drivers from Windows Update. Get them from:
1. The device mftr.'s website; OR
2. The motherboard mftr.'s website if hardware is onboard; OR
3. The OEM's website for your specific machine if you have an OEM
computer (HP, Dell, Sony, etc.).
Read the installation instructions on the website where you get the drivers.
To find out what hardware is in your computer:
1. Read any documentation you got when you bought the computer.
2. If the computer is OEM, go to the OEM's website for your specific
model machine and look at the specs (you'll be there to get the drivers
3. Download, install and run a free system inventory program like Belarc
Advisor or System Information for Windows.
- Belarc Advisor
- System Information for Windows
If you have installed drivers from Windows Update, you can roll them back:
How to Roll Back a Device Driver in Windows XP - http://tinyurl.com/86yb6
Roll Back Troublesome Device Drivers in Windows Vista from the How-To
Geek - http://tinyurl.com/346lox
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MS-MVP Windows - Shell/User