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Windows 10: Confused with Intel driver updates

Windows 10 2004 offers optional updates for Intel drivers that confuse users trying to install them.

During the Windows 10 Updates 2004 July 2020, Microsoft enabled the optional updates experience, allowing users to select the optional drivers they wish to install.

This week, Microsoft confused users who have difficulty figuring out which Intel driver to install.

Intel drivers

We saw the "Optional Updates" section and saw four different driver updates that are supposed to be for the same "Intel - System" device.

It is even more confusing because three drivers have dates that indicate they were created in 1968, 17 years before the first circulation of Windows 1.0.

In a 2017 post, Microsoft explains that the use of older dates is targeted as it allows Windows to select the most recent driver when multiple drivers are detected for the same device hardware.

"Intel Chipset Device Software uses an unusual date for the devices it targets. This is to make sure it does not replace other drivers. The date 07/18/1968 has a symbolic meaning - the day establishment Intel ", Intel explained in a tweet.

Even after the explanation, there is still confusion

Even by explaining how Windows 10 chooses the most suitable driver for it computer you, in this condition pictured above, we still do not understand exactly what is happening.

According to a research conducted by BleepingComputer, the drivers dated 18/7/1968 are Intel Chipset Drivers, while the driver with the version 1910.13.0.1060 is for the Intel Management Engine.

Because everyone is offered as "Intel - System", when it is clearly different components;

To make matters worse, Microsoft offers two different drivers that have the same version number 10.1.16.6.

Microsoft needs to be more specific in what each driver offers and it will be good to offer only the best choice for a specific device.

Offering three different drivers, with both being the same version, of course confuses them users as to what should be installed.

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