After Microsoft announced changing the way that hardware drivers work on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Intel released its first Universal Windows Driver (UWD, also known as Windows Modern Driver) version 126.96.36.19944 to support it.
Microsoft requires the use of Universal Windows Drivers for Windows 10 version 1809 (also known as Windows 10 October 2018 Update), Windows Server 2019 and the later versions. To meet its requirement, any driver updates for Intel products on these operating systems will be the Windows Modern Drivers since this month. And the graphics driver 188.8.131.5244 is the first UWD rolled out by Intel.
According to Microsoft, Universal Windows Driver is a single driver package that can run across multiple different device types, from embedded systems to tablets and desktop PCs. It consists of a base driver, optional component packages, and an optional hardware support app.
Below are the improvements in UWD 184.108.40.20644.
Rescan button to detect newly installed games without having to restart the system
Reduces RAM consumption when using OpenGL
Improves battery life when using Display Refresh Rate Switching (DRRS) on supported monitors
Vulkan Driver Stability Improvements
12 newly supported games:
Far Cry 5
Path of Exile
The Sims 4
Euro Truck Simulator 2
The following issues have been fixed in UWD 220.127.116.1144:
Minor graphics anomalies observed in NBA 2K19, FIFA 19 (DX12) and Assassin's Creed: Origins
Intermittent crashes or hangs occurring in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, FIFA 19 (DX12) and World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (DX12)
Windows Advanced Display Settings may show incorrect bit-depth on some primary monitor, which leads to inaccurate colors
Custom Resolution 980 x 588 @ 60 Hz not getting added in capable resolutions
Three or more virtual displays not being supported in Extended Configuration (ED) mode
Intermittent crashes or hangs occurring when using Miracast in extended mode on Intel Pentium Silver and Intel Celeron Processors
Minor performance regression observed in 100.6373 in Battlefield IV and Dragon Age Inquisition
The following issues are known to exist in UWD 18.104.22.16844:
Intermittent crashes or hangs may occur in Assassins Creed: Odyssey, Battlefield V, Call of Duty Black Ops IV, and other games
Minor graphics anomalies may be observed in Project Cars 2 (with Anti-aliasing enabled), and other games
The optimization checkbox for gaming tuning in the Graphics Control Panel does not refresh after restoring settings in some systems
Now the Universal Windows Driver 22.214.171.12444 is available. You can get this update directly from your computer manufacturer or through Windows Update. You can also use the Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool to automatically scan your computer for the latest Graphics driver from Intel. For more information, you can click here to read the complete release notes.
Note: DO NOT use the INF/Have-Disk method to install or uninstall this driver as it bypasses the Intel installer designed to install these new drivers, thereby possibly resulting in minor to major system instability. Therefore, Intel will not provide the ZIP file for the next several driver releases while users transition to this new Microsoft driver platform.
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Welcome to share your experience of using Universal Windows Driver 126.96.36.19944 in the comment section below. If you want to revert to a Legacy driver after installing UWD 188.8.131.5244, you need to uninstall the driver via Windows Apps and Features and reboot the system first. Failure to do so may result in minor to catastrophic issues on your system as well as system instability. For more solutions to driver-related issues, please go to the Windows Driver Solutions section on this site.
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