first preview of Windows 11 is available for testers in the
Windows Insider program and those planning to upgrade to the
beta version of the operating system will want to install a
newly released Intel GPU driver version 188.8.131.5284. That’s
because the headline feature of Intel’s July 2021 non-beta
release is support for Windows 11.
According to Microsoft, Windows 11 is the best operating system
for gaming and it comes with multiple features like Auto HDR
and DirectStorage API integration to improve the performance of
your favourite games. While DirectStorage will require the NVMe
drives, Auto HDR is supported on any device with an HDR monitor
and updated GPU drivers.
Version 184.108.40.20684 of Intel’s Graphics driver is based on
WDDM 3.0 and it includes support for Windows 11’s new
features. No further details are imparted in the changelog
notes as to exactly how Intel is improving compatibility, but
presumably, if you have the new operating system installed,
you’ll want to grab this new driver to avoid issues.
Auto HDR is a feature that was first introduced with
Microsoft’s 9th-age Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox Series X/S).
According to Microsoft officials, Auto HDR on Xbox resulted in
improvements to both colours and luminance, and the same
experience is now coming to PCs with Windows 11.
Auto HDR will be a part of the new OS and users can expect
improvements to the colour range when using a high dynamic
range (HDR) monitor.
Auto HDR requires DirectX 11, but it will work in all games,
even in games where HDR settings are not natively supported. To
use Auto HDR on Windows 11, Intel’s latest DCH version
220.127.116.1184 or newer is recommended.
WDDM 3.0-ready driver
Intel GPU 18.104.22.16884 driver is based on WDDM 3.0, which is
necessary for WSL GUI support in Windows 11. WDDM 3.0 enables
support for a feature called ‘WSLg’, and this is also present
in the current preview build.
Thanks to Intel’s updated GPU driver, you can now seamlessly
run Linux graphical apps via WSLg on Windows 11. This will be a
major boost for developers as they can run full-fledged Linux
apps right in Windows, and Microsoft is promising a native
Furthermore, Linux GUI app will be able to use Windows
features, such as hardware acceleration, system audio,
microphone, and other features. While this feature is aimed at
developers, anyone can now try Linux apps on their Windows
device without installing third-party virtual machines.
In addition to Auto HDR and Linux GUI support, the driver also
features DirectML enhancements.
How to download Intel GPU 22.214.171.12484 driver
As expected, today’s GPU driver update works on Windows 10 and
Windows 11 devices with integrated as well as dedicated
graphics. 6th gen Core or newer processors, Celeron 500 and
Pentium processors are also supported. If you’re on Windows 10,
you need version 1809 and newer to install the update.
To install the Intel 126.96.36.19984 driver, open Intel’s Support
Assistant Tool from here or
manually download the update in .exe or the .zip format from