Microsoft to improve Windows 10 drivers quality mechanism

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Windows 10 driver update

Driver installation through Windows Update has caused
significant issues in the past. For example, a number of driver
flaws interfered with the installation of major feature updates
in 2019 and old drivers were offered even though newer versions
were installed already. In some cases, new drivers were offered
that were not designed for the device.

Microsoft has been working on multiple changes to tackle these
kinds of situations whereby a driver update causes
compatibility issues.

In February, Microsoft revealed that it plans to add Optional
Updates screen to Windows Update. Another idea was documented
that said hardware partners would able to block updates when
incompatible drivers are installed.

Microsoft says they’ll get better at evaluating the quality and
reliability of a Windows 10 driver update by targeting cohorts
(specified telemetry data).

To ensure that a driver is fully compatible with particular
hardware, Microsoft plans to analyze the ‘cohorts’, which
refers to a set of systems and devices that shares the same
targeting attributes including HWID, CHID, and OS version.

On the basis of the aforementioned cohorts, Microsoft will be
able to determine any driver that fail to meet the measure
requirements.

“All driver measures will be used to evaluate driver quality by
targeting cohorts, as they are enabled to support evaluation by
targeting cohort,” Microsoft noted in
an old document discovered by us.

If a problem is reported with drivers, Microsoft should be able
to determine the affected devices based on the cohorts.
Likewise, Microsoft will block botched driver updates only for
the affected devices and such devices are determined by their
hardware ID, revisions and OS version of Windows 10.

“All driver measures will be used to evaluate driver quality by
targeting cohorts, as they are enabled to support evaluation by
targeting cohorts,” the company added.

During that period, Windows 10 will not offer the drivers to
any PC that has a known incompatibility.

Microsoft previously said that temporary block on Windows
updates can also be requested by a hardware partner.

Microsoft is also working on other measures to ensure that
Windows 10 and driver updates are delivered without
compatibility issues. According to Microsoft, the deployment of
driver updates won’t happen around major public holidays and
the new changes will go into effect from June 15, 2020.



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