The components for which Intel releases drivers or controllers can become a multitude in our computers. Among them, the most important are the graphics drivers, which allow you to optimize the performance of your integrated graphics chips.
The North American company updates them regularly, but until now the problem was that it was the manufacturers of our computers, laptops or desktops, who had to integrate the generic Intel innovations in customized packages. The user could download the Intel ones on his own and install them, but the manufacturer’s modifications were overwritten, which could cause damage.
Now Intel, as we read in Windows Central, has announced that the graphics drivers have been unlocked, so users are free to install them on Windows 10 computers without causing conflicts or overwriting manufacturers’ modifications.
Intel unlocks its graphics drivers from Fall Creators Update onwards
In the update notes for the first Intel drivers that have been unlocked yesterday, the 27th, corresponding to version 188.8.131.5241, the company explains the reason for releasing them now:
“We hear how much our users want the freedom to update their systems to our regularly released generic graphics drivers and enable our latest enhancements, feature updates, and game fixes. As of this release, Intel graphics drivers DCH are now unlocked to update freely between computer manufacturer (OEM) drivers and generic Intel graphics drivers in the Download Center. “
However, this freedom will not reach any team. In order to install these unlocked drivers, users will have to have a computer that has a processor with at least the sixth generation of Intel processors, and Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The latter will not be a problem in practically any case, considering that Microsoft forces you to update to the latest versions of Windows 10 on most computers.
As the company also explains, even if we manually install the unlocked updates, those of the manufacturers will continue to arrive without problems via Windows Update, and making complementary improvements to those released by Intel. The improvements by installing the update will affect the games ‘Gears Tactics’ and ‘XCOM: Chimera Squad’. Intel thus guarantees that they are playable on chips that have Intel Iris Plus graphics or better. On the other hand, remember that there is an Intel application for Windows 10 that allows you to optimize video game performance.