• w2tpmf@lemmy.world
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    4 months ago

    Was your last experi nice with Windows with Vista or something? 7,8,10,11 have all been almost entirely work free for installing any hardware that isn’t exotic or boutique stuff.

    I am not one of the people weighing in based on an arbitrary experience or a small sample set. I’ve installed Windows literally tens of thousands of computers. The only thing can think of in the last 10 years I needed to find a driver for is some USB barcode scanners that emulate serial devices, and the driver for an android phone to be able to flash the boot loader.

    Every device that a computer actually needs to run just work.

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      Windows 10 once had the brilliant idea of de-installing the AMD graphics drivers and replacing it with its own while I was playing a game.

      Best AMD can do is show you a message box, it’s been going on for years and years and Microsoft doesn’t look willing to fix their shit. It’s possible to tell windows update to not overwrite “third-party” drivers, but only for all devices, not specific ones. Meanwhile it shouldn’t be doing that shit in the first place.

      Windows install once barfed a rescue partition on a disk that it thought was empty, even though I had specifically told it to install to a completely different disk. Ever since then I unhook all drives that aren’t the install drives before launching the thing.

      The overall theme with windows is that if it works, it works, if it doesn’t, you’re fucked. And just a centimetre off the beaten path nope, it doesn’t work.

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      even on Windows 10/11, I’m still frequently hearing about issues at work where the necessary ssd drivers are only included in the default windows installer (not the recovery shipped with the device) like half a year later. at least with Dell this seems to be a common theme.

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        only included in the default windows installer (not the recovery shipped with the device)

        That would be an OEM issue, not Microsoft. They’re supposed to modify the recovery image with whatever it needs, Windows doesn’t just do it automatically.

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          The OEM version is working fine, as the drivers are embedded there. My point was that without this recovery partition you tend to run into issues on newer devices, as the MS bundled drivers get updated only infrequently.

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            Yeah that checks out. I constantly have to chase down drivers when doing Windows installs. The way I read your upper comment was the issue being with the recovery partition.