Microsoft explains why some driver updates are backdated on Windows 11/10

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If you often look for updates on Windows 11 or Windows 10, you could have seen old chauffeurs and also also inoperative chauffeurs under the optional updates area. In the previous couple of years, customers have actually obtained driver updates provided as “INTEL – System”, which is backdated to 1968 in spite of having actually been provided right after updating to Windows 11.

Most of these chauffeurs– which might show up bothersome because of their weird requirements– are readily available under the Optional Updates setups panel of Windows 11 and also Windows 10. In a brand-new post, Microsoft has actually clarified why and also exactly how these chauffeurs are backdated on Windows.

For those not aware, there are mostly 3 sorts of driver launches– chauffeurs provided by Windows/Microsoft, business like Intel and also Nvidia, and also personalized chauffeurs established by computer suppliers.

Intel driver updates

According to the firm, the days on all Windows chauffeurs are set to June 21, 2006 to minimize compatibility concerns.

How chauffeurs are backdated on Windows

Windows Update rates chauffeurs on numerous variables consisting of the day. For instance, if a driver readily available in Microsoft’s driver collection is an excellent suit to the equipment ID of the tool, after that it will certainly end up being the leading prospect and also customers will certainly have the ability to download it.

However, if there is greater than one driver matching the equipment ID, a driver with one of the most current timestamp is immediately selected. If there is a connection in between numerous chauffeurs in this situation also, Microsoft will certainly consider the highest possible data variation number matching the construct launch day.

But there’s a catch– Windows chauffeurs will immediately have a more recent timestamp than the one given by the maker when you set up a brand-new Windows construct. As an outcome, your maker chauffeurs will certainly obtain changed by Windows chauffeurs and also this might damage certain attributes on your tool.

Windows chauffeurs are obviously backdated to stay clear of the scenario highlighted above.

By backdating Windows chauffeurs, Microsoft is enabling maker chauffeurs to preserve concern over the Windows- given driver.

In an additional paper, Microsoft claimed that Intel chauffeurs are backdated to 1968 (the year when Intel was started) for the exact same factor– reduced the ranking of Intel’s chauffeurs when maker chauffeurs are readily available.

“This is necessary because it’s a supporting utility that should not overwrite any other drivers. Updating Intel(R) Chipset Device Software is not needed – do not worry if you don’t have the latest version,” Intel kept in mind in a now-deleted post.