My system: Dell Inspiron 15 3537 | Windows 8.1 (pre-installed even though it was marketed as having Windows 8) | Intel i3 | 6GB RAM | Intel HD Graphics | Toshiba 500GB HDD w GTP | DVD+-RW | No touchscreen
I have a list of driver updates Dell recommends, but I'm uncertain if I actually need to update them and, if so, which ones and what order. I've generally gone by the rule of thumb if it isn't broken, but I don't want to miss out on anything that might actually improve my system's performance. Any guidance and explanation would be greatly appreciated.
I read on a digital video help forum that sometimes a driver with an older date/version may be better to use if provided by the manufacturer rather than a more generic driver provided by an OS, but I'm not sure how to tell if I'm using a generic driver or one more customized. Are these the drivers Dell provides or would I need to go to the actual manufacturer of each piece of hardware? I know this is sometimes the case with video cards.
Also, is the best method for updating drivers to do it through device manager/driver update or could that possibly grab a wrong driver? I'd rather dl the exe and do it myself if so.
My biggest concern is the graphics driver.
Current Version: Intel 10.18.10.3316 Date: 10/3/2013
Recommended Update: Intel 188.8.131.5220 A03 Date: 7/17/14
Another concern is the chipset and BIOS updates. I thought BIOS was replaced by UEFI with Windows 8. Will updating BIOS or the chipset cause my system to slow down because I noticed a slow down after doing so with my Inspiron 15 5537 which is almost exact in specs except it has a touchscreen.
Here are the drivers in question. Thanks for taking a look!