Windows 10 is pushing old drivers updates that you should avoid

Windows 10 optional driver updates

Microsoft has created another mess of Windows Updates on
Windows 10, although this time the update wasn’t botched.
According to user reports, Microsoft has started rolling out
old and inappropriate drivers to some machines, including one
of our devices from Asus.

Users are reporting that inappropriate
driver updates are getting pushed to Windows 10 devices which
aren’t registered for the Insider program.

The update in the question is “Intel – System”, which was
pushed out last week alongside other optional driver updates
for Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update).

We’ve also observed users report another bug where the same
driver update will reappear for download after successful
installation.

“I installed the ‘Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. –
Keyboard – Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2
Keyboard for HP Hotkey Support” Optional Update that was
available. Update History and Reliability Monitor confirm a
successful update but it still shows up on the optional updates
list,” one user noted in the Feedback
Hub.

Windows 10 driver update problem

In some cases, Windows Update could also show old drivers,
including drivers with a release date of 1968. Microsoft
appears to be backdating drivers intentionally to avoid
installation of Windows-provided driver when you have a custom
manufacturer-provided driver.

If you do happen to see the ‘Intel – System’ or other
inappropriate drivers displayed under
“Optional Updates” section in the Windows Update page,
don’t install it.

In case the update has already been pulled by Microsoft, you
shouldn’t see it any longer anyway.

Unfortunately, if you’ve applied the driver updates, there’s a
piece of bad news – your device driver has been downgraded and
you’ll need to download the latest and most compatible version
from the manufacturer’s website.

Going by reports across the forums, those folks who have
uninstalled the driver or skipped the update, haven’t
encountered any issues in doing so. Also, the update isn’t
being forced, so users haven’t encountered any widespread
problems.

That said, be careful when you use the Optional Updates screen
in Windows Update and you’re obviously doing updates it at your
own risk.

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