Why Windows 10 is pushing outdated drivers via Windows Update

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pushing outdated drivers and it could cause issues if you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
Update.

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’
section.

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

The information about each driver and its version number or
release date is retrieved from the INF package, which is
basically a text file that contains all the details and it’s
created by the OEM.

The information contained in the INF file is supposed to
reflect the creation date, but sometimes the date is
intentionally backdated by the manufacturer to deliver the
latest version to the users.

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

We were told that Microsoft is considering UI changes to
improve the optional updates experience based on the feedback
from users.

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Also, optional drivers are generally outdated and include OEM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
versions.

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