Intel has announced major changes in its releases of graphics drivers, and introduced a new kind of driver specifically targeting Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019, optimized for UWP. These drivers, also known as Windows Modern Drivers or Universal Windows Drivers (UWD), are required by Microsoft as of the October 2018 update for Windows 10. You can read more about UWDs here and Intel also has a page with frequently asked questions about the new version published. drivers.
Starting today, future releases of Intel Graphics drivers will be UWD and they will replace your current drivers, which are now considered obsolete. Although it is possible to revert to older drivers if necessary, you must manually remove the modern driver from the Apps and Features page in Windows.
To get things going, Intel releases version 18.104.22.16844 of its graphical driver suite, which is a UWD and is only available for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update and later. It is also only available in a 64-bit flavor. Apart from the transition to the new driver model, it also includes the start support for Artifact and Farming Simulator 2019, and also adds support for the following titles:
- Fallout 4
- Far Cry 5
- FIFA 18
- Path of Exile
- The Sims 4
- Borderlands 2
- Euro Truck Simulator 2
- PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS
- Rocket League
- Witcher 3
There are also a few new additions and improvements in this version, including automatic game reconciliation updates:
- Automatic game reconciliation Feature updates.
- Reduces RAM usage when using OpenGL.
- Improves battery life when using Display Refresh Rate Switching (DRRS) on supported monitors.
- Vulkan Driver Stability Improvements.
In addition, this version resolves a number of issues from previous releases, including performance improvements in some games:
- Small graphic anomalies can be observed in NBA 2K19, FIFA 19 (DX12), Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
- Intermittent crashes or crashes can occur in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, FIFA 19 (DX12), World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (DX12).
- Windows advanced display settings may show incorrect bit depth on some primary monitors leading to inaccurate colors.
- Custom resolution 980 x 588 @ 60 Hz may not be added in capable resolutions.
- Three or more virtual screens may not be supported in Extended configuration (ED) mode.
- Incidental crashes or crashes when using Miracast * in extended mode on Intel® Pentium® Silver and Intel® Celeron® Processors
- Minor performance regression can be observed in 100.6373 in Battlefield IV and Dragon Age Inquisition.
If you want to install the latest driver and want the first taste of Universal Windows drivers, you can go to the download page here. Intel recommends using the “Have Disk” method or the INF file to install the latest drivers because it redirects the installer that is designed to replace older drivers and cause instability. Therefore, installers will only be available in .exe format for the next few releases. You can view the full release notes here, which also contain the full list of compatible hardware.