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New install of W10 and missing drivers?

Discussion in 'General Tips and Tricks' started by Seth Anthony, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. Seth Anthony

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    So you've just completed a new install of W10, did the updates, but you go into Device Manager and see that drivers that should have been installed with the updates, are not.

    Do the update again and click on "Optional Updates", then, "Hardware Updates". In almost all cases, the missing drivers will be there. For whatever reason, hardware that doesn't have a driver at all, shows up as optional updates in Window's update.
     
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  2. Tony D

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    I guess hardware is optional. :biggrin:

    I’ve never run into that, but with this W10, things change.
     
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    I do a lot of new installs, and normally the missing drivers are installed automatically with Window's Update. Provided of course the update server has them...which it usually does.

    When I wrote the post, I was doing a new install on an HP all in one, and low and behold, after the updates, there were 3 or 4 devices with no drivers. That was the fourth time it happened in the last couple of weeks. With the first two, I had to manually get the drivers like a chump lol. I then thought, "This can't be right", so on the third one I happened to click on the optional updates which normally shows W10 software updates, and voila!, the missing drivers were all there.

    Maybe Microsoft disabled automatic driver updates??? I sure hope so, as in general, automatic driver updates are generally fixing what isn't broken.
     
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    Could be. Let's keep an eye on it.
     
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    I think MS changed it from default to optional.
     
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    Yes, that's what it seems like.
     
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    The optional updates are hardware specific updates. Usually when you do new installs you get your core OS updates and then the MS approved hardware vendor updates, past that you get the optional but you are better off in most cases getting them from the specific hardware sites (like bluetooth).
     
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    I've now confirmed this again on 3 or 4 new installs since I wrote the original post.

    8_Ball,

    What you're describing is something different than what my posts are about :)
     
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    My apologies Seth I probably ready your post wrong.
     
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    I've run into it a few times not sure why it happens.
     

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