The built-in drivers support the basic functions of your Brother machine. I found automatic driver update couldn’t be turned off and MS officially told THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE THIS BECAUSE OF SECURITY which is just lie. Even though the installation media for Windows 8 is free, you’ll still need a valid product key to install it. As mentioned before, if you’re doing the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, you can now clean install Windows 10 and activate using your old Windows product key.
If you take advantage of Microsoft’s free offer to upgrade Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to Windows 10, the default method is an in-place upgrade. A clean install of Windows 10 requires more effort, but eradicates all those potential headaches as well as any lingering bloatware on your PC.
If you have a Windows 8 key, remember it won’t activate 8.1, so upgrading to Windows 10 might be the easiest option if you don’t have a Windows 8 disc. For each program, figure out how you’d reinstall it. If you purchased it, do you have a disc or can you log in to the site where you purchased it to download again, and do you have any required product key to activate it? You’ll want to answer these questions before wiping out the programs during a clean install.
You can also download them from Intel if you want but as I said if the hardware isn’t detected Windows 10 will download it for you. Click “The printer that I want isn’t listed.” Once you select this, the “Add Printer” screen will pop up.
The Windows 8 or later built-in drivers support the basic functions as described below. Click the product category of your Brother machine to see more details.
First, rollback the Realtek drivers via Device Managers as instructed earlier in the article. Apart from using wushowhide.diagcab method, here is another permanent method to avoid Realtek drivers from being auto-updated. This, of course, applies only if you have a Realtek network adapter. From the Programs and Features window, double click on Realtek HD Audio Manager to uninstall the program.
Sometimes, the best way to fix deep-seated Windows issues is to burn everything to the ground and start from scratch. Reinstalling Windows refreshes the operating system, which gets rid of most corruption, errors, and viruses. Microsoft has tried to make this process easier with the Refresh and Reset features starting with Windows 8, but power users still might consider a good ol’ format and clean install. A clean install using a stock Windows disc or flash drive also gets rid of programs and bloatware installed from the factory.
We already know that bluetooth driver OS updates are obligatory for all Windows Home users and can be deferred for different periods of time for those on Windows 10 Professional & Enterprise. One of the Windows 10 related complaints I hear regularly on SuperSite for Windows and through social media is the mandatory delivery of universal drivers through Windows Update. The -overall switch tells the installer to install/update every .inf file that’s available for the given hardware configuration of the machine you’re using at that time, not just a few of them. This will bring a machine up to the latest possible .inf files for all the compatible hardware detected by the installer. You can actually go into Device Manager/System Devices, and choose Update Driver Software on the components to download the ones Windows has.
The printer driver name will be displayed in the Printer name field. We recommend typing your Brother model name in the Printer name field for easy understanding. The availability of Windows 10 S built-in drivers is different depending on the model number of your machine.
You can download Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 directly from Microsoft and and follow the directions to create the disc or flash drive. Currently, Microsoft doesn’t appear to offer a download for the first version of Windows 8.