Microsoft Windows 10 Driver Update Delivery Method Is Changing And Will Be Based On Priority And Activity?

Microsoft Windows 10 will undergo a significant change in the way drivers for installed hardware is delivered and installed. The company is considering altering the basic criteria which decide how and when to deploy driver updates through the Windows 10 Update platform. It is amply clear that Microsoft will be prioritizing system stability and assurance of minimal to zero negative impact of new drivers.

We had just reported how Microsoft Windows 10 OS’s internal mechanism is causing custom drivers to fail abnormally during their installation. Microsoft has clarified that the driver blocking bug is due to the Memory Integrity setting in Windows Security App. However, it is quite likely that Microsoft is seriously considering altering the fundamental pathways that govern, monitor and allow the installation of drivers on Windows 10. Common Windows 10 users should benefit from increased system stability and minimal issues with driver updates. However, a few users have complained of Microsoft forcing the installation of older drivers and prioritizing stability over improved functionality.

Driver Updates Through Windows 10 Update Platform To Undergo Fundamental Change:

Microsoft Windows 10 always ships with a high number of device drivers that ensure the system is up and running with all the hardware. The drivers ensure specific hardware such as network adapter, graphics card, storage, and also the peripherals, including touchpad, keyboards or mouse work right after installation. Post-installation, of Windows 10, Microsoft uses Windows Update to detect and install appropriate drivers for connected hardware.

Previously, all Windows 10 computers received major or minor driver updates automatically via Windows Updates. In other words, all the driver updates were released on the same day for everyone. However, this has caused some serious issues to many Windows 10 OS users. While drivers are critical for better functionality, performance, and security, a few driver updates have been causing erratic behavior and system crashes in Windows 10.

Some of the most common and acute problems faced by several Windows 10 OS users occurred right after, drivers from Intel and other manufacturers landed on Windows 10 machines via Windows Update. Some of the many issues included muted audio, system instability, random reboots, slow performance or even system crashes. A few of the worst affected users couldn’t even update Windows 10 due to compatibility problems.

How Will Microsoft Deploy Latest Drivers Through Windows Update Platform?

Taking note, Microsoft has indicated that it will roll out driver updates in a phased manner. In other words, not all users of Windows 10 will receive the latest drivers at the same time. The latest drivers through Windows Update platform will first arrive on active devices before rolling out to everyone. Microsoft has explained that the devices, which are considered ‘highly active’ and there is a higher chance of getting diagnostic data, will receive the driver updates first.

“It targets specific clusters of HWID/CHID combinations so that the driver’s quality can be evaluated in a way that evenly represents the total device population.”

This essentially means Microsoft will deploy the latest drivers to computer systems which allow diagnostic data to be collected. Microsoft will evaluate the data, and also take into consideration feedback from the initial receivers of the drivers. Based on the collective data, Microsoft will either approve a wider rollout of the drivers or recall the same for fixing any issues they might have or create.

Microsoft has assured that a trial rollout before a general deployment ensures the highest level of quality updates for all consumers. With the change, the company appears to be aiming to improve the driver and Windows Update experience. Hence users can expect to wait a little longer to receive new drivers for their hardware, but at the same time, can expect fewer driver issues, and certainly a more reliable Windows 10 machine.


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Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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