Re: Windows Update offers drivers I already have
"Shenan Stanley" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote...
> Andrew McDonald wrote:
>> Why does Windows Update insist on serving up drivers I already
>> have? Just installed the latest 186.18 drivers for the NVIDIA
>> GeForce GTX 280, but Windows Update reckons there's an update
>> available, published "yesterday". Does it not do a version check?
>> I'm assuming NVIDIA wouldn't publish a later version on WU than
>> through their own website of course. But the same thing seems to be
>> happening with the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi...
>> This is with Vista Business x64 SP1.
> Simply put:
> Microsoft did not create your hardware, depending on them to provide you
> with the drivers for said hardware is (IMO) unwise. lways get the drivers
> on your own - direct from the hardware device manufacturer's web
> page/support and drivers downloads.
> And yes - versions *older* than what you have will be pushed through
> Windows Update - since the process to get them approved for listing is
> often much longer than the time it takes to figure out fixes needed/wanted
> in the current driver.
Thanks Shenan. I do usually get drivers from the manufacturers' websites,
it's just disconcerting that WU performs no version check when proferring
new ones. The NVIDIA ones in my example are WHQL certified; I at least
understand if WU offered downgrades in the case where your current drivers
weren't, even though they might expose a higher version number.
Since I'm running the Windows 7 Beta on another machine, I'll see if the
same behaviour occurs and file feedback if it does.