WINDOWS UPDATE WARNING !
by Grif Thomas - 1/7/05 5:46 PM
Here's a little "heads up" for most users:
After visiting the Windows Update site recently for our Windows XP SP2 computers, both PRO and HOME versions, I've noticed some unsettling "Critical/High Priority" updates listed. Drivers for audio and video cards are starting to show up in the 'High Priority" area instead of the "Optional Software Updates" or the "Optional Hardware Updates" areas. The most common are for "Realtek" and "Intel" devices. There may be others. This occurs when using either the "Express Install" or the "Custom Install" selections. I haven't noticed the same thing with other operating systems, but I haven't been looking either, so it may occur there as well. Other operating systems use a different version of the Windows Update page and it may not report the same. XP SP2 uses the link below which is slightly different than the other web link.:
As a general rule, audio and video drivers ARE NOT something to be handled lightly and installation of the wrong one can cause definite operational problems on your machine. In my opinion, the usual adage goes: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".
As an example on my home computer, I have audio and video drivers which were updated recently and have driver dates for July of 2004. The Windows Update site is calling one driver from December of 2004 and another from August of 2004 as "High Priority" updates. Installation of these updates is certainly not "High Priority" and installing them is not necessary. Installing them is optional and a certain amount of testing would be a good approach to follow. IF I had a problem with my current drivers, then the best approach would be to visit the manufacturer's website and download THEIR drivers.
In my opinion, driver installations belong in the "Hardware Updates" section and should only be installed IF necessary.
Hope this helps.