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How would you proceed regarding updates after installing windows 10 from zero?

saturn32
New Contributor I
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Hi community,

 

I never asked this but I would like to know which order I should follow when I do a fresh install of W10 on a new NUC 8th gen. Should I install Intel DSA directly after W10? What about W10 updates?

 

I would proceed like this so please correct me so I can do it the best possible way:

1) Install W10

2) BIOS update to the latest version with the Windows installer (.msi file).

3) Either Intel DSA installation and subsequent updates or manual updates (first graphics drivers, then the rest). There is also the possibility to download the drivers package. Which option is better?

4) PC restart and open Windows Updates so it can update Windows

 

Am I missing anything? Is it the right order? 

 

Thanks in advance!

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AlHill
Super User
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You Install Windows 10 just like you would on any other computer.   Then, you install the chipset INF.

 

If you want, before you do the install, you can update the NUC bios.

 

IDSA, if you want, is the last to install.

 

Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Windows 11 is the new Vista]

ClariceStarling
Valued Contributor II
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Yes, most people are surprised to learn IDSA doesn't install everything ... who knew?

saturn32
New Contributor I
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Thanks Doc!

 

I am noticing the last Chipset drivers for the 8th gen NUCs are from July 2018. How can I check which version do I have installed?

 

Would you rely on ISDA to get all drivers installed or does it make maybe more sense to do as many drivers updates manually as possible and then see what the ISDA finds?

I assume you'd leave the W10 updates as the final step.

 

Thanks for your feedback!

 

 

AlHill
Super User
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Look up you nuc model number here to get the latest chipset inf download for your nuc.

https://ark.intel.com

 

No, I would not rely on IDSA.  I would not even install it.  I do my updates to my nucs manually, again by using https://ark.intel.com

 

Yes, W10 updates is my final step.

 

Now, once you get your nuc up and running, with all the updates you want/need, and it is running well, there is not really much need for further updates.   Of course, graphics get updated on an irregular schedule, and the wifi/BT/LAN get updated.   I find these updates usually cause more problems than not.   If you are not playing games that require some fix or feature in the latest driver, stay with the stable driver provided by https://ark.intel.com

 

And, never, ever use a 3rd party driver update tool.

 

Ocassionally, Windows Update may offer you a driver for graphics, LAN, BT, Wifi.  If you are having any issue with those products, you may want to allow Windows Update to download and install.   Also, I never let (should it suggest) WU to install any firmware.   I do this manually as well.

 

Why all the manual installs?  Simple - trust.  I have eight NUCs and two Sticks.   All run very well.  I had trouble with one NUC, where I was trying to keep the graphics updated to the latest.  It kept crashing.   I tried the driver suggested by WU, it kept crashing.   I used the driver listed in https://ark.intel.com for that nuc, and it is stable and works as it should.

 

Provide the complete model number for your NUC for more information.

 

Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Windows 11 is the new Vista]

ClariceStarling
Valued Contributor II
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The good thing about IDSA though is that once it's installed, going forward it automatically alerts you when a driver has been updated!

AlHill
Super User
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The bad thing about IDSA is that it is often wrong, and causes a lot of network traffic.   I get better support from Windows Update for drivers.

 

Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Windows 11 is the new Vista]

ClariceStarling
Valued Contributor II
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@AlHill   I don't understand ... if you have a NUC, why wouldn't you want updates from Intel?  Wouldn't they be customized for a NUC?

AlHill
Super User
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I do get updates from Intel.  I just want to be in control.  Not all updates are good updates.  Some are bad.  Some cause problems.   Some should never have been published.

With experience, you will learn.

 

Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Windows 11 is the new Vista]

ClariceStarling
Valued Contributor II
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Okay ... Intel probably won't like that!

AlHill
Super User
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I can deal with that.

 

Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Windows 11 is the new Vista]

AlHill
Super User
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I was not clear.  I do not get updates from Intel DSA.

 

Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Windows 11 is the new Vista]

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