Why HD 4000 drivers from Microsoft are Outdated ?

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  1. charly1811

    charly1811 New Member

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    Hi everyone . Today windows update noticed me an update about a Driver . After installation a saw that it was about my graphic card . The Driver they sent me is outdated . After Installed the update i went to Intel Driver Update utility to check if this is really the lastest driver MS sent me .
    That's what I got
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    I have uninstalled the MS version and installed the Intel one .
    But can you explain me why MS drivers are outdated ?
     
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    Just a guess -- but for whatever reason Microsoft currently supports the Surface Pro with whatever version of the drivers are automatically downloaded and installed. That's generally the way it is with laptops/hybrids -- driver updates come from the manufacturer of your system, not the makers of the components in it.
     
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    carmamir New Member

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    Just install Intel HD4000 drivers. They will work, as you do not need to use Microsoft drivers (or Dell/HP or whoever selling laptops/tablets/pc's)
     
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    The might work, they might not -- but I think if Microsoft was ready to implement them, they'd auto-install. For whatever reason(s), they don't [yet]
     
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    What actual difference is it going to make anyway!?
     
  6. jnjroach

    jnjroach Administrator Staff Member

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    Intel creates Reference Drivers, most OEM's tweak the drivers to interact with their systems (Cooling and Power Management). Microsoft releases their drivers that have been tuned to the Surface.
     
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    There is no harm in using the intel.com drivers which are secured with a 2-part PNPID (i.e. generic driver). The method for installing them is to first uninstall the Microsoft Provided driver via device manager. Then run the intel.com installer. Don't apply the Windows-update provided driver again, since it is secured via custom 4-part PNPID and will overwrite the newer generic intel.com driver. The Microsoft provided driver is well-tested for the scenarios MS supports and is updated on a regular cadence, but not as frequently as the intel.com driver. This blog post may help to understanding the rationale: https://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2009/10/22/driver_5f00_distribution.aspx
     
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    I can't install the newer intel drivers, after allowing the intel site to scan my surface and dl the drivers I launch it and it says the drivers aren't meant for my hardware. If I uninstall the current drivers and try and install the new drivers it says my pc does not meet the requirements. Any way around this?
     
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    Don't use that method as it'll usually always say that. Go to my thread here on how to install.

    http://www.surfaceforums.net/forum/...drivers-intel-hd4000-graphics-fixes-bugs.html
     
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    The MS sanctioned driver has some issues with Photoshop and causes the driver itself to crash. The latest from Intel is more stable.
     

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