Microsoft says it will temporarily suspend Windows 10 driver updates

Windows 10 driver updates suspend

Microsoft releases cumulative and driver updates for all
supported versions of Windows 10 every month. Windows 10 driver
updates are supposed to ensure that your computer hardware is
compatible with upcoming feature updates and industry
changes, without you having to do anything.

While
driver updates pushed out via Windows Update can be
problematic in some cases, the latest drivers are still
necessary for various hardware elements. For example, Intel is
pushing a
driver update that prepares devices for Windows 10 October 2020
Update.

Windows Update setting is one of the best ways to quickly view
all of the updates available for the hardware components and
important updates are automatically downloaded without user
permission.

Starting December 2020, Microsoft says it will pause the
rollout of Windows 10 driver updates if the driver is not
submitted by the OEM or vendor before December 3, 2020.

Any driver that is pending review will not be approved and
released to consumers via Windows Update before the beginning
of the new year. As expected, the reason is minimal operations
during the holidays (December 2020 – January 2021) and
Microsoft doesn’t want to release untested drivers to
consumers.

Of course, if you still want to download and install drivers,
you can head to Intel or Nvidia’s download page and install the
available updates manually. You can also download the offline
installers and use “Device Manager” to update drivers without
help from Windows Update.

Microsoft noted
that drivers submitted before December will get approved for
rollout in Windows Update. This means that you might still get
one or two driver updates next month, but it entirely depends
on the efficiency of the OEM or software vendor.

Both preview updates and driver updates are only being
paused for the month of December. The rollout of these updates
will resume in January when Microsoft’s engineers are back to
work.

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