Intel removes old BIOS update and driver downloads

[German]A information for users of Intel hardware. The company has probably started to remove the downloads of BIOS updates and drivers that have reached the support end from its websites.


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The information has come under my eyes several times in the last few hours – and I thought I’d post it briefly in the blog. Here the tweet of SlashDot with the information.

ZDNet must picked it up first in this article. Intel plans to remove drivers and BIOS updates for desktop components and motherboards released in the 1990s and early 2000s from its website, according to this article. The action is planned by Intel for Friday, November 22, 2019, as can be seen in the following BIOS update announcement.

BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A]

Version: 0163 (Latest) Date: 10/23/2018

End Of Life – This download, BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A] 0163, will no longer be available after November 22, 2019 and will not be supported with any additional functional, security, or other updates. All versions are provided as is. Intel recommends that users of BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A] 0163 uninstall and/or discontinue use as soon as possible.

Intel recommends that users no longer use the BIOS updates and products concerned. It is currently unclear how many Intel products are affected by this step.

I think this action isn’t as dramatic as it sounds – the majority of these components have probably ended up in scrap metal by now. I assume that Intel has also looked at the download numbers of the affected drivers and BIOS updates. If it bumps to 0 for years, you can remove it. Or how do you see it? If you absolutely need older drivers (e.g. for network cards or mainboards), you can download and archive them from Intel.


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4 Responses to Intel removes old BIOS update and driver downloads

  1. berry johnson says:

    Intel and other motherboard device need update according to time. Updating the related driver is more important for coordination between hardware an software.
    Same as BIOS Update also require for starting the computer and sending and receiving data between operating system and computer hardware devices. Look mentioned guide can be more beneficial for users.
    https://blogs.innovanathinklabs.com/drivers/16-best-free-driver-updater-software-for-windows-10-8-7/

    • guenni says:

      @Berry Johnson: Hope it’s not SEO spam, otherwise I will block further comments.

      Gerneral: Keep your fingers away from such ‘free driver updater software’! As a long time Microsoft Answers Forum moderator I’ll quote such tools as a no go (in best case it’s snake oil, in worst case it damages your system). So beware.

  2. Chitresh says:

    hi guenni,
    Should i really need a third party software to update my driver. I have seen a *** Link removed *** driver updater program and they say it is completely free from damages. Should i go for this

    • guenni says:

      I’m not convinced about 3rd party driver manger – as a Microsoft Answers community moderator I’ve seen too many cases of ruined systems caused by such tools.

      BTW: In case it was a SEO link to that review page – it’s a useless attempt. I’m blocking weekly hundreds of such links ;-).

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