Intel releases its first Universal Windows Driver to boost UWP apps

Giles Ensor avatar. By: Giles Ensor
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This article is all about Intel’s new Universal Modern Driver for the Windows Modern Drivers platform. I know that doesn’t sound very exciting but read on to find out why it matters…

Microsoft introduced the Windows Modern Drivers platform with the October 1809 Update. Yes, that one. Microsoft now requires all developers to release drivers that will work on (all?) PC devices.

These drivers will be available and updated using Windows Update with the idea being that the manufacturer releases the base driver, and the OEMs fiddle around with it so it works with their systems. All sounds like a recipe for disaster, but what do I know?

Windows 10 cumulative update

If you head over to Intel’s Introduction of Windows Modern Drivers for Intel Products, you can find out all the pertinent information. There is a lot of good info there. You may also be interested in Intel’s FAQ page that has all you need to know about Intel and Windows Universal Drivers architecture.

What issues are there?

There are two issues that are worth mulling over while you are drinking your own cup of tea, or coffee if you aren’t British.

  1. Intel has decided not to release it universally (see what I did there?). This means that if you are running older graphics controllers, you will be stuck with legacy drivers.
  2. There is no clear indication concerning who will be maintaining these legacy drivers, if anyone.

There is also a third problem with but it’s not such a concern, as you really shouldn’t do it. If you want to roll your system back to a legacy driver (after updating), you basically can’t. Well, you can but Intel says it is, “a complex process that can result in system instability“.

Wrapping it all up

It will be interesting to see how the new Windows Modern Drivers platform develops over the next few months. In my opinion, the idea behind it is actually quite good, but I am wondering if it will all go as smoothly as Microsoft hopes.

What’s your take on this story? Let us know in the comments below.

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