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Win 10 drivers for ASUS X401a

ms2000 1,316 32 July 7, 2016 at 09:26 PM
I can not find the drivers on Asus web site - they only have upto Win 8.1
https://www.asus.com/nz/Notebooks..._Download/

Whereas third party site has some - where did they get it from?
http://www.driverscape.com/manufa...401a/27994

Others who installed Win10 had mouse related issues - some fixed while does not seems to have fixed it. I would like to upgrade before end of this month to get into Win 10. DOD is also upgrading to Win 10, so why not - coupled with Win 7 won't be supported for long.

Another Laptop, I upgraded with Win10, the touchpad was slow until the manuf driver was installed.

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How this usually works is a manufacture will officially offer support on a model for a number of years. After that time they will stop releasing drivers etc This is part of the benefit of a "business class" machine as this period is usually longer. Traditionally very few consumers upgrade their operating systems. However windows 10 changed that.

However component manufactures often times support parts much longer then the individual OEM's. So Asus might not list a driver for the Intel Wifi card in a system but if you go out to intel they usually will. This doesn't always work especially with graphics drivers in laptops but most of the time it works. I used to have an ASUS vivobook that windows 10 was not officially supported by ASUS but it took the upgrade fine. I ended up grabbing the Synaptics trouchpad driver from http://www.synaptics.com/

Windows 10 does a pretty good job of analyzing your hardware and finding drivers for it assuming your online. So you should be safe to upgrade, but as a backup it would be best if you did an image based backup prior to the upgrade so you had something to rollback on. If you had problems like a slow system after an upgrade I have found a clean install of Win 10 usually works to fix those problems.

I would not recommend using a 3rd party "Driver" site for any driver if you can get it from the PC manufacture or hardware manufacturer first. ON the site you linked to they had a graphics driver that they say supports windows 10 but the date is from late 2012. While that driver might work fine on Windows 10 it was never officially supported as Windows 10 was not a thing back in 2012.
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How this usually works is a manufacture will officially offer support on a model for a number of years. After that time they will stop releasing drivers etc This is part of the benefit of a "business class" machine as this period is usually longer. Traditionally very few consumers upgrade their operating systems. However windows 10 changed that.

However component manufactures often times support parts much longer then the individual OEM's. So Asus might not list a driver for the Intel Wifi card in a system but if you go out to intel they usually will. This doesn't always work especially with graphics drivers in laptops but most of the time it works. I used to have an ASUS vivobook that windows 10 was not officially supported by ASUS but it took the upgrade fine. I ended up grabbing the Synaptics trouchpad driver from http://www.synaptics.com/

Windows 10 does a pretty good job of analyzing your hardware and finding drivers for it assuming your online. So you should be safe to upgrade, but as a backup it would be best if you did an image based backup prior to the upgrade so you had something to rollback on. If you had problems like a slow system after an upgrade I have found a clean install of Win 10 usually works to fix those problems.

I would not recommend using a 3rd party "Driver" site for any driver if you can get it from the PC manufacture or hardware manufacturer first. ON the site you linked to they had a graphics driver that they say supports windows 10 but the date is from late 2012. While that driver might work fine on Windows 10 it was never officially supported as Windows 10 was not a thing back in 2012.
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How this usually works is a manufacture will officially offer support on a model for a number of years. After that time they will stop releasing drivers etc This is part of the benefit of a "business class" machine as this period is usually longer. Traditionally very few consumers upgrade their operating systems. However windows 10 changed that.

However component manufactures often times support parts much longer then the individual OEM's. So Asus might not list a driver for the Intel Wifi card in a system but if you go out to intel they usually will. This doesn't always work especially with graphics drivers in laptops but most of the time it works. I used to have an ASUS vivobook that windows 10 was not officially supported by ASUS but it took the upgrade fine. I ended up grabbing the Synaptics trouchpad driver from http://www.synaptics.com/

Windows 10 does a pretty good job of analyzing your hardware and finding drivers for it assuming your online. So you should be safe to upgrade, but as a backup it would be best if you did an image based backup prior to the upgrade so you had something to rollback on. If you had problems like a slow system after an upgrade I have found a clean install of Win 10 usually works to fix those problems.

I would not recommend using a 3rd party "Driver" site for any driver if you can get it from the PC manufacture or hardware manufacturer first. ON the site you linked to they had a graphics driver that they say supports windows 10 but the date is from late 2012. While that driver might work fine on Windows 10 it was never officially supported as Windows 10 was not a thing back in 2012.
Very well said. I would add that you can often use the manufacturer's drivers for an older versions of the OS in Windows 10 by installing them in compatibility mode. And as the owner of an Asus laptop upgraded from 8.1 to Windows 10 you are right to be concerned about the touchpad drivers. Every time Windows 10 has a major update they install their "better" Windows 10 drivers, which break all of the gestures I use, like two finger scrolling. I have to manually uninstall the Asus touchpad software and then reinstall it to get my gestures back. Asus doesn't have Windows 10 drivers for my laptop but the Windows 8 drivers work fine. I keep a copy of the touchpad executable on the desktop to speed up the process. (Which doesn't mean I don't find it annoying, as I've had to do it 4 or 5 times in a year).
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Very well said. I would add that you can often use the manufacturer's drivers for an older versions of the OS in Windows 10 by installing them in compatibility mode. And as the owner of an Asus laptop upgraded from 8.1 to Windows 10 you are right to be concerned about the touchpad drivers. Every time Windows 10 has a major update they install their "better" Windows 10 drivers, which break all of the gestures I use, like two finger scrolling. I have to manually uninstall the Asus touchpad software and then reinstall it to get my gestures back. Asus doesn't have Windows 10 drivers for my laptop but the Windows 8 drivers work fine. I keep a copy of the touchpad executable on the desktop to speed up the process. (Which doesn't mean I don't find it annoying, as I've had to do it 4 or 5 times in a year).
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Several good points

My mind thinks having to uninstall a driver is a headache - perhaps because I am not dealing with one pc. I have another HP Desktop Computer COMPAQ 6005 PRO Phenom II X3 3.0 GHz Slim case - there are no drivers on HP site. Another ASUS mobo, custom built pc - the same story - all have WIn 7 Pro now

Are u saying download win8.1 drivers (not Win 7) and set it up for compatibility mode-then install it as administrator? As simple as this?
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Several good points

My mind thinks having to uninstall a driver is a headache - perhaps because I am not dealing with one pc. I have another HP Desktop Computer COMPAQ 6005 PRO Phenom II X3 3.0 GHz Slim case - there are no drivers on HP site. Another ASUS mobo, custom built pc - the same story - all have WIn 7 Pro now

Are u saying download win8.1 drivers (not Win 7) and set it up for compatibility mode-then install it as administrator? As simple as this?
No, actually Windows 10 will do a fine job finding working drivers for just about everything. I'm saying install Windows 10, let it update (it will also automatically update drivers) and then see if anything doesn't work as expected. You might find everything working properly, and if so, you are good to go. If anything isn't working right, then download the latest drivers from the OEM site and install them. If they won't install, try compatibility mode.

I've installed Windows 10 on dozens of systems and most of them find adequate drivers on the first pass. With newer systems it's really just laptop touchpad drivers that I've found to be problematic. Older systems tend to have issues with unsupported graphics cards.

LiquidRetro is quite right - if the OEM doesn't have drivers, try the actual manufacturer of the part. Driver sites are your last recourse, as they tend to be quite sketchy (i.e. they just want to sell you their service or include some sort of spyware). LiquidRetro is also 100% accurate in saying you should take a system image prior to upgrading - I've never done a Windows 10 install without doing one first, and it's saved my bacon a couple of times.
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So if I summarize all of your recommendations:

1) Clean install Win 10 and do all the Win10 updates
2) At this time, if any devices not working well, install drivers
Note: What is if the manufact already have Win 10 drivers - I guess you can install them right after Win 10 install?
2.1) Download the latest drivers be it 8.1 or 7 and try install them - if it fails, then install them in compatibility mode.

PS: It looks like there won' t be a Win11.
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an article I saw today
http://www.pcworld.com/article/30...f0923.html
Thanks for the utility,Get Windows 10 app - can't rep you ah!
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I upgraded to 10 then went back. it screwed up my nic driver and I couldn't remove the generic one. I couldn't remove the nic from device manager until I renamed it
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I upgraded to 10 then went back. it screwed up my nic driver and I couldn't remove the generic one. I couldn't remove the nic from device manager until I renamed it
@stufine - is yours ASUS X401A that had the nic issue?

This is the kind of issue, I do not wish to encounter at all -would rather keep win7
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Quote from stufine View Post :
an article I saw today
http://www.pcworld.com/article/30...f0923.html
"get windows 10 app" is "Windows10Upgrade9194.exe"?

I downloaded it and ran on Compaq 6005 Slim desktop pc - it only checks for HD, CPU and memory and confirms the pc is ready - but we are talking driver issues!
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When I installed win 10 on Lenovo S415, I did not allow win to download at the same time it was installing the Win 10 (and I had a CD burnt). Once Win10 OS installed, I installed all the win 10 drivers I downloaded from Lenovo. Followng which I let win10 to update. Nothing major - once or twice some errors came up or mousepad froze - rebooting is what we did to fix.

Is this a good method - I guess this is how we used to install OS on a new HD?

Update:
Called Microsoft - they were making comparison with win10 upgrade - and saying there is no driver issues since you use your existing drivers. That makes me to think that if there no win 10 drivers (for clean install), go with Win 7 drivers (as win 8 does not have many drivers either on manuf site) right after Win 10 OS install. Then let the Win 10 to upgrade - perhaps even create a restore point. If Win 10 put other drivers on top and malfunction, you can roll it back.

Any thoughts?
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When I installed win 10 on Lenovo S415, I did not allow win to download at the same time it was installing the Win 10 (and I had a CD burnt). Once Win10 OS installed, I installed all the win 10 drivers I downloaded from Lenovo. Followng which I let win10 to update. Nothing major - once or twice some errors came up or mousepad froze - rebooting is what we did to fix.

Is this a good method - I guess this is how we used to install OS on a new HD?
About the same.

My install went fine and nic worked, it was the rollback that caused my nic to quit.
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