Intel’s driver update improves Windows 11 & Windows 10 performance

Windows 10 Intel driver update

Intel DCH driver 30.0.101.1191 is an update you’ll want to grab
if your Windows 11 or Windows 10 device is acting up. This
driver patch is now being made available to users around the
globe with Intel’s 6th gen processor or newer, and it aims to
fix issues with Desktop Window Manager.

For those unfamiliar, Desktop Window Manager
is a window manager built into the operating system for taskbar
thumbnails, app windows, animations, high-resolution monitors,
and other visual effects.

Desktop Window Manager is a part of Windows and it shows up as
“DWM.exe” or “Desktop Window Manager” in your Task Manager
results. It is vital to the operating system’s graphical user
interface and it cannot be disabled as the role of DWM has
increased even further in recent builds of Windows 10/11.

Most of the time, Desktop Window Manager should run smoothly in
the background and it won’t consume a huge chunk of your
device’s processing power. On our devices, Desktop Windows
Manager is typically using 2-8% CPU and less than 100 MB RAM.
And that’s good enough for smooth performance.

However, a bug in your Intel driver package or the OS itself
could result in high resources usage. In this case, Desktop
Window Manager will end up eating more RAM or CPU than you
think it should, and it can also cause stability issues with
Windows 10 or Windows 11  versions.

While
Microsoft is working on multiple fixes for Windows 11’s
performance woes, Intel has now published a new driver
update that fixes a critical stability problem in Desktop
Window Manager (DWM) on devices using Intel integrated
graphics.

“Stability improvements with Desktop Window Manager (DWM) on
6th generation Intel Core Processors through 10th generation
Intel® Core Processors, Intel noted in its changelog.

Other improvements in Intel DCH 30.0.101.1191

Additionally, Intel has also fixed various issues with its
graphics driver as part of the December 2021 Update.

For example, Intel says it improved performance for titles like
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary when played in classic
graphics mode. A bug that could result in frequent crashes or
lags when playing certain titles has been fixed in this
release.

Affected games include Battlefield 2042 and FIFA 21. Intel has
also fixed graphic anomalies seen in Shadow of the Tomb Raider
or Rise of the Tomb Raider.

How to get Intel’s latest driver on Windows

Intel’s fixes will be rolled out to modern devices via Windows
Update in the coming weeks or months, as this entirely depends
on the OEM.

If you can’t wait, you can simply use Intel’s Driver & Support
Assistant tool and replace the OEM driver with the one offered
by the chipmaker.

To install the update manually, use these steps:

  • Download Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool
    from Intel’s
    website.
  • Open the Update Assistant tool. If you can’t find the tool,
    look for an Intel icon in the system tray.
  • Check for updates on Intel’s website.
    Intel driver update for Windows
  • Select and install the updates.

As always, you can also download the offline installers from
the company’s
drivers page and run the .exe file to replace the existing
driver.

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