Back in November, Intel confirmed that it will begin pushing the Windows Modern Drivers to the supported devices. The old driver versions, which won’t be discontinued, will be considered legacy drivers.
Intel says Windows Modern Driver provides optimizations aimed at UWP apps and the chipmaker would only ship this kind of drivers to its devices. The users are allowed to roll back to legacy versions but it’s not something you’re recommended to do.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) or newer requires companies to release Modern Drivers. As a result, Intel has started focusing on its Universal Windows Driver (also known as Modern Driver).
Intel has now released a new version of the Windows Modern Drivers. The chipmaker has released version 126.96.36.19971 of its Windows Modern Drivers for Windows 10 and it is available for download.
The new driver version comes with the following features:
- Performance improvements and optimizations for Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden*, Monster Hunter World* and Battlefield V* on 6th Generation Intel® Core processors or higher.
- Improved support for 4K/1080p HDR video playback in Chrome* browser.
- Quality improvements in brightness and color when using HDR embedded panels.
- Performance Improvements in DX12 games and/or applications when running in Hybrid graphics systems.
- Enable VESA Display ID 2.0 providing improved support for HDR and higher resolutions.
- Enables HDR support on Daisy Chained Display Port Monitors.
- Improved performance and image quality when Conservative Morphological Anti- Aliasing (CMAA) is enabled for Games and 3D applications.
Here’s a list of fixes included in this release:
- Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur in Battlefield V* (DX11), Call of Duty Black Ops IV*, Cinema4D.
- System may hang intermittently when resuming from sleep or hibernate mode while using Collage mode.
- Stability improvements in PowerDVD* Video Playback.
“Microsoft is changing the way that hardware drivers work on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), Windows 10 (and later), and Microsoft Windows Server 2019 (and later). Hardware running on these operating systems can use Windows Modern Drivers (also known as Universal Windows Drivers – UWDs). Intel will begin distributing Windows Modern Drivers for its products beginning in November 2018,” Intel said in a blog post.
If you’re using the Intel Modern Drivers, you can grab the new update via Intel’s Automatic driver updater software or manually from their website here.