The world’s largest computing chip has provided that it will give the modern windows drivers to its chips from November 2018 onwards.
Intel has another graphics driver accessible, but it’s not the same as previous versions and comes with a huge alerting be careful if launching back to previous versions, or you could mess up your system. More on that in a moment.
The latest driver is the first to help Microsoft’s Windows Modern Drivers, it’s also called a Universal Windows Driver (UWD). What this basically means is that Intel is embracing Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) system for its current and flow and future designs drivers. These consist of single bundles that can be introduced on any good Windows device, be it a PC, 2-in-1 workstation, tablet, or whatever.
“Microsoft is changing the way in which that hardware drivers work on Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Windows 10 (and later), and Microsoft Windows Server 2019 (and later). Hardware running on these working systems can utilize Windows Modern Drivers (otherwise called Universal Windows Drivers – UWDs). Note that Microsoft requires the utilization of Windows Modern Drivers for Windows 10 1809 (RS5) and later. Intel will start broadcasting Windows Modern Drivers for its product starting in November 2018,” Intel clarifies in a support document.
One of the advantages is that UWP drivers can be doled out to customer consequently by means of Windows Update. The development shouldn’t big effect on the user, however, Intel advises that once you upgrade, it’s not recommended to roll back to a past, non-UWD release as it “includes an elaborate process that could result in system anxiety.” Simply put, the new drivers are not in backward compatible with previous drivers.
“This implies if later you need to return to an inheritance driver you should uninstall the driver through Windows Apps and Features and reboot the framework before introducing a heritage driver. Inability to do as such may result in minor to cataclysmic issues on your framework and also framework shakiness,” Intel clarifies.
“Try not to use the INF/Have-Disk method to introduce or uninstall this driver as it bypasses the Intel installer intended to install these new drivers, subsequently credibly bringing about a minor to major system insecurity. Hence, we’re not giving the ZIP record to the following a few driver releases while users change to this new Microsoft driver platform,” Intel further warns.
Beyond the new framework that Intel has adopted, the latest driver release is notable because it adds support/optimizations for a dozen games, including Fallout 4, Far Cry 5, FIFA 18, Paladins, Path of Exile, The Sims 4, Smite, Borderlands 2, Euro Truck Simulator 2, PUBG, Rocket League, and The Witcher. These are in addition to already supported games, including American Truck Simulator, Battlefield 1 and 4, Call of Duty: WWII, Destiny 2, DOTA 2, GTA V, League of Legends, Overwatch, and World of Tanks.
The latest driver also improves upon Intel’s automatic game tuning feature, reduces RAM consumption when using OpenGL, adds Vulkan driver stability improvements, and improves battery life when using display refresh rate switching (DRRS) on supported monitors, according to the release notes. A bunch of bug fixes is included as well.