I am reinstalling windows on a new SSD that I got so that means I will need to reinstall my drivers for my mobo. I have an ASUS P8Z77 V-LK MOBO. Usually I just pop in the disc and download the drivers. I know it is reccomended to download the drivers off the website. I am pretty new to computers and computer building so I get a bit confused at this page: http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&m=P8... Do I just download the top driver for every single topic? Because when you drop down the choices there are a lot of them. Not really sure what the difference is. Also, under utilities, there are many different drivers. Do I download all of them?
Basically I am wondering what drivers I should look to download off the website. The CD usually did it all for me but does not provide the most up-to-date drivers.
Utilities are largely at your discretion. Look at the description, and if it sounds like something useful to you, download it; otherwise skip it.
otherwise I should just get the latest version under every category?
Real question actually: For example, under chipset there is both Management Engine Interface and Intel Chipset Driver V220.127.116.119. I get both of those even though they are under the same category correct? They are different right?
I honestly hate to be a bother like this (cause I really do sound like an idiot) but there are many options for other categories as well. SATA has Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver and Intel Rapid Start Technology. LAN has Realtek LAN Driver and Realtek Ethernet Utility. VGA has Intel Graphics Accelerator Driver and Intel VGA Driver . There are a couple others but basically I am asking how do I know which to get. I apologize if this is a simple topic that I am over complicating but I have always relied on the CD so not really sure what to do here.
I totally understand your problem because I had the same. After a lot of researching the web, what the hell all this Intel management and start and .... means, I know how you must feel.
The main problem in this case is that the ASUS driver page doesn´t make differences between optional and recommended drivers. The second is that there is no driver archive, so you see two, three or more versions of the drivers history. Third, the driver names differ a little bit which can be confusing. For example LAN and Ethernet or VGA/Graphics Accelerator and Display driver means the same thing. I will make a list for you, what you have to download.
Management Engine Interface V18.104.22.1683 (mostly energy saving)
Management Engine Interface V22.214.171.1243 for Windows XP 32bit & Vista 32bit & Win7 32bit & Win8 32bit---(WHQL).
Management Engine Interface V126.96.36.1993 for Windows XP 64bit & Vista 64bit & Win7 64bit & Win8 64bit---(WHQL).
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