Information that describes Microsoft Windows 8 In-Box versus Lenovo Out-Of-Box device drivers.
The above symptom is associated with but not limited to the following systems:
System is configured with:
A specific install process is not defined to install a Microsoft In-box driver. In-box drivers are installed when the operating system is initially installed. Lenovo does not provide In-box drivers and does not provide support for In-box drivers. The In-box drivers are Microsoft digitally signed and are included with the operation system install media. Microsoft is responsible for providing support for In-box drivers.
After a system is installed with Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, the personal computer user is searching for specific hardware device drivers.
Microsoft defines an “In-box” driver as a device driver supplied by Microsoft and resides on the operating system install media. An “Out-Of-Box” driver is one supplied by the system manufacture for a specific hardware device. Lenovo provides the Out-Of-Box drivers for hardware specific platforms. If a Lenovo hardware specific Out-Of-Box driver is not available, then the Microsoft In-box driver is required. The Microsoft In-box driver is supported by Microsoft.
Lenovo provides Windows 8 driver packages that are backwards compatible with older systems. These drivers are common to many hardware platforms and to currently supported machines. The following are examples of In-box and Out-Of-Box device drivers.
In-Box Example - ThinkPad X200 audio driver:
Lenovo provides Conexant audio drivers for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Windows 7. Lenovo does not provide a Windows 8 Conexant audio driver. In this instance, the use of a Windows 8 In-box audio driver is required for Windows 8 audio.
Out-Of-Box Example - ThinkPad UltraNav device driver:
This driver is supported on multiple operating systems and on multiple hardware platforms. However, the availability of a common device driver for an older ThinkPad system does not imply that all device drivers are available for every operating system.
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