[German]Microsoft has released an Windows update named as “Intel – System – 6/28/2016”. This update is optional, but raises a lot of questions.
I was informed from a blog reader via e-mail. He did send me the following screenshot showing the update window.
The update window did not contain too much information about that optional update, but raises a few questions.
- #1: Update “Intel – System” has been released, according to the screenshot above at 06/28/2015. But it has been offered now, in December 2016 for some Windows systems.
- #2: Microsoft doesn’t provide any information about that update till yet. The links given in update window points to web sites, where no information about that update is given.
A web search found this forum entry, where somebody asking similar questions. Also my German blog reader wrote, that his update doesn’t fit for his system. He wrote:
I like to inform you, … that I received the optional update ‘Intel System 188.8.131.52’ shown in the screenshot below on my Windows machine. I’ve an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel B85 Mainboard from Gigabyte. I ‘ve installed only chipset drivers and Intel Rapid Storage Software. I did not install the Intel Management Engine, because I don’t need this functionality (and it’s shipped with vulnerabilities). The version shown for this mysterious optional update doesn’t fit with the Intel driver software installed on my system.
I guess that something went wrong at Microsoft’s Update Servers. My recommendation is: disable automatic update installation in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. And hide the optional update discussed above. If somebody has additions information, feel free to left a comment.
Thanks to a comment given within my German blog, I was able to download the update packe from Microsoft Update Catalog. Inspecting the .cab file, I found an ACPI driver and a PCI driver. The strings located within the INF driver installer files are.
ManufacturerName=”Intel” ; TODO: add ManufacturerName
DiskName = “ACPI and BIOS Control”
XtuAcpiDriver.DeviceDesc = “Intel(R) Extreme Tuning Utility Device Driver”
The Intel-Extreme-Tuning-Utility tool may be found here.