Question Does windows 10 install network drivers automatically?

Jacob 51

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I have a TP Link archer T2U a600 (the USB one with dual band and one antenna) and I had to install the drivers for it when I first plugged it in.

Recently, I did a complete format of the hard drive and installed the windows again. Surprisingly, the network was working without me having to install any drivers. My motherboard doesn't have WIFI or Bluetooth inbuilt.
Seriously, where did it store the drivers if not on the HDD?

My motherboard is a Zebronics H61 with a Core i3 3240 and a GT 1030.
 

Colif

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it includes basic drivers for most adapters, then it will grab newer ones from windows update or the store
Its on the installer. Drivers aren't that big. Mostly.

It tries to find all the drivers on pc without you needing to. Its pretty good at it. Most things that will have win 10 drivers have them by now.

Hardware makers had to supply Microsoft with copies of drivers so they will work with win 10. So MS has a copy of at least one of them on its Update catalog and some of the more standard ones are probably on the installer package.
 

revodo

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Like others have said, Windows 10 stores a ton of basic drivers, enough to get you up and running. Network drivers are especially important, because once you get online you can download any other drivers you want.
 

Jacob 51

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Like others have said, Windows 10 stores a ton of basic drivers, enough to get you up and running. Network drivers are especially important, because once you get online you can download any other drivers you want.
I've Seen That They Don't Have Nvidia Graphics Drivers In Them
 

Jacob 51

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Not true. Windows 10 has limited, but fully working Nvidia drivers. They still need to be updated after you get up and running to get maximum performance, though.
I had to install them for my old GT 710 after reinstallation of windows, but I guess it takes time to install the driver itself and I didn't give it much time.
 

Colif

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GT 710 are a special case. I have seen them fail to work with the latest GPU drivers as the features are so different between a GT 710 and a 3090 (extreme examples)

But for most gpu they have drivers that will work.
 
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