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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Cookiegal, Nov 15, 2019.

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  1. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    So I have a Lenovo M83 ThinkCentre Desktop - serial number MJ00CJ6B. In view of the latest updates from Intel I'm just not sure which ones I need to apply. Generally I don't allow Microsoft updates to update drivers and I have that blocked however some may have been done in the past. I did visit Lenovo's web site and entered the serial number but there are several drivers available for various components and I'm just not sure which ones I need, if any. Below is my TSG SysInfo. Any advice on this would be appreciated.

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4670 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 7986 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: 917 GB (832 GB Free);
    Motherboard: LENOVO, SHARKBAY
    Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated
     
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  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Hi, I'm always in the ''if any'' camp. If all is working a OK, is there any reason to update?
    Are you having any problems that could be driver related?
     
  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    I don't think so but I'm still not sure if my system is affected by the Intel security risk so that's really the one I need to know if I should update it and which one it is.
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    If you've been installing the "Security Monthly Quality Rollup" update which is released every month, your desktop should be patched for the Intel security risk.

    Not to change the subject, but have you thought about upgrading your desktop to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit?
    You should still be able to make the upgrade for free.

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  5. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    Yes, I never install the preview but always wait for the actual rollup to install it. I didn't realize it had anything to do with Intel.
    Nope. I hate change. I'm clinging to this until I have to give it up in 2023 and then I'll probably buy a new computer.
     
  6. flavallee

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    I hated Windows 8 from its very beginning and have stuck with Windows 7.
    1 of my 5 full-time desktops has been running Windows 10 from its very beginning in July 2015 so I can stay proficient with it.
    I have no intention of switching all of them to Windows 10 until I have no choice.
    I'm hoping to keep using Windows 7 until somewhere between October 2021 and January 2023.

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  7. britekguy

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    When it comes to Intel (and particularly in regard to Windows 10 "New" drivers) they have been pushing same out at an incredibly fast rate compared to historically, and the same device drivers are often getting frequent updates. I have lost count of how many updates the Intel 3165 WiFi card in the system I'm writing on has received over the past several years, but it's definitely more than I can count on two hands.

    This being the case, I really suggest you download and install the Intel Driver & Support Assistant and accept the driver updates they push out as they push them out for any Intel hardware on your system. It has become abundantly clear to me over time that they are not supplying these to Microsoft in a timely manner or, if they are, Microsoft is not integrating them into their Great Driver Library in the Cloud in a timely manner.

    I have never had an issue with any of the updates applied via this mechanism, and since I keep monthly full system image backups along with more frequent "as needed" user data backups I have a fallback should disaster strike for any reason.
     
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  8. britekguy

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    You and me both!! It was the worst tectonic shift in the Windows UI ever and premised on the incorrect assumption that all the world would primarily interact with machines via touch screens.

    My partner's old Toshiba Satellite has a touch screen and came with Windows 8, which I supported for several years. The moment I was convinced that Windows 10 was stable enough the upgrade took place and I have never looked back.

    Windows 10 has done, in my opinion, an excellent job in marrying what we all knew and loved from all the Windows versions up through Windows 7 with the few features of Windows 8 that were good. If one uses something like Start 10 (paid, but inexpensive) or Classic Shell/Open Shell (open source), neither of which I recommend as I believe one should always learn the native UI of any OS one chooses to use, you get something that's almost indistinguishable from Windows 7 in most day-to-day use aspects.
     
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  9. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    I've always heard it was best to get the drivers from the manufacturer, even Intel states on their web site that the drivers may not be the same as the manufacturer's version for your specific computer.

    I hated Windows 8 too but I DO use Classic Shell to keep my XP desktop look. I hate tiles! :D
     
  10. crjdriver

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    Unless there is something wrong, I would not update drivers. If it is not broke......
    For a laptop, the only place to get drivers is from the support page for that laptop. With a desktop, it is [usually] best to do the same thing.
    My understanding of the security issue is that is a dual approach; a bios update for the microcode and an operating system patch or update.
     
  11. britekguy

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    Ideally, it is best to get the drivers from the computer's OEM, but that is increasingly impossible when either the device maker does not supply them to the computer OEM in a timely manner or the computer OEM simply doesn't do their customization in a timely manner or at all.

    Since one of the biggest reasons for driver updates in general is security patches, as well as keeping up with changes Microsoft is rolling out in their OSes, I have found it better to have the latest drivers from either the computer's OEM or the device OEM for component parts. I have never encountered any issue with using the latter, and I've been doing it across brands, and mostly with laptops, for a very long time now.
     
  12. flavallee

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    No Start menu "tiles" for me either! :mad:

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  13. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    It was also my understanding when the security vulnerabilities were first mentioned that fourth generation Intel processors like mine were not affected. I don't know if something has changed with regard to that.
     
  14. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator Thread Starter

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    You'd be very bored if I showed you my desktop. I don't like clutter so there are only a minimum of icons and a Windows solid blue background. :D
     
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    That is boring; here is mine.
     

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