This question may be for all driver updates but since it is for a network adapter, I will ask it here and I will explain my reasoning. Will a driver update for one brand of computer work for another brand of computer?
Here is why I am asking. I have an Asus K53E running Windows 7. Its network adapter is a Realtek RTL8188CE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC. According to Asus, the serial number for this laptop says it is running Windows Vista and that there are NO Realtek drivers in it. Windows 7 was what was running on it when I took it out of the box and the box says it is running Windows 7. Last year, I updated to Windows 10, ran it for a few months, did not like it, and took it out. To take Windows 10 out and reinstall the previous operating system, I had to go to the hidden partition and reinstall from there. It reinstalled Windows 7 with the Realtek network adapter. So, Asus is useless to me.
I am starting to get the "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and must close" message, a lot, which leads me to believe I need to update the network adapter. Realtek's website does not have an update for the RTL8188CE. (And neither does Asus, for that matter.) I searched the web and found an update for the adapter. It is for a Lenovo. Several models are listed. And so I was wondering, will that update work with my Asus?