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#1 Guest_NipNip1964_*


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:10 PM

Hi all



Dell Inspiron 17R SE (7720) laptop with Windows 8 64-bit.


Can members please give me their advice on drivers?  As a noob to things 'under the hood', is it recommended that I update a driver just because I am running an older version?  For instance, the Dell website gives a list of drivers that it says need updating based on my laptop's 'service tag' and OS.  When I cross check against those I can find (in Device Manager), some are indeed older versions.  Is there a security risk or instability issues by not updating?



Many thanks :)

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:22 PM

When You see a newer driver on the Dell website it will also give a suggested action.


If the site says Recommended under Importance, then I suggest they know their hardware.

If it says Optional under Importance then Not so critical.All the drivers will have this type of information available.


Under this one "ALPS Touchpad Driver"  Details it says,

Level of Importance:Recommended

Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle. The update contains feature enhancements or changes that will help keep your system software current and compatible with other system modules (firmware, BIOS, drivers and software).


Then after reading why, you need to decide.


If you do not have any problems, why fix it.


Sorry but this is the type of question that has no single answer.


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#3 Guest_NipNip1964_*


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Posted 14 March 2013 - 08:31 PM

Thanks Roger, that makes a lot of sense :)

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