Microsoft explains why Windows 10 is pushing outdated drivers

Windows 10 driver updates

Windows 10 is now
pushing outdated drivers and it could cause issues if you
have the habit of installing updates without paying attention
to the driver version number and its release date.

As we reported last month, Windows 10 now allows users to
download and install optional drivers directly from the Windows

Previously, this feature was available via the Device Manager,
but Microsoft recently removed the feature from Device Manager
and added it to Windows Update under ‘Optional updates’

Some users have been served drivers updates listed as “INTEL –
System” and the release date is set to 1968. In fact, Windows
Update also offers multiple drivers with the same name, release
date and version number.

Windows optional drivers

We reached out to Microsoft for clarification on what’s going
on, and the company provided us with additional details.

In a statement, Microsoft told us that the information about
each driver in Windows Update is retrieved directly from the
INF package created by the driver manufacturer. While most
drivers reflect the creation date, there are some cases when
the date is intentionally backdated by the manufacturer.

Microsoft noted that each driver represents the best optional
update for a unique device (display, keyboard, mouse, etc) on
the system.

Microsoft also told us that they understand the confusion users
are experiencing and they’re “considering UI improvements to
this page in future releases”.

These drivers, which are found under the Optional Updates
settings panel, have been pushed to devices that are not
registered with the Windows Insider Program.

It’s also worth noting that these drivers are “optional” and
you should consider installing them only when you have a
problem with a particular device driver.

For example, if you’re having issues after Intel DCH driver
update, you can open the Settings app and apply the optional
display driver update, which includes customization made by
your OEM.

Also, optional drivers are generally outdated and include OEM
customization as opposed to the driver provided by vendors,
such as Intel, Nvidia and AMD.

You should always download and install drivers manually from
the manufacturer’s websites if you want the most up-to-date

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