Windows 10 offers old/inappropriate Intel driver updates (Sept. 2020)

[German]Strange thing that came to my attention on Twitter. Windows Update offers people optional drivers, but they don’t really fit for the machines in question. Microsoft rolls out apparently optional INTEL driver updates of the type INTEL – System – <Date> <Version>.


Colleague Barb Bowman made this strange observation and documented it by a screenshot on Twitter. In the respective Tweet (just click on it) she writes that it is PCs from Dell, ASUS, HP.

Windows 10 Treiber Updates

These systems all run with Windows 10, but are not in the Windows Insider program. On all systems, old and unsuitable driver updates suddenly appear as optional updates under Windows Update. These are entries of the type:

Intel – System – 7/18/2017 12:00:00 AM -
Intel – System – 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM -
Intel – System – 1/1/1970 12:00:00 AM -
Intel – System – 10/3/2016 12:00:00 AM -
Intel – System – 1/1/1970 12:00:00 AM -
Intel – Other hardware – Mobile 6th/7th Generation Intel (R) Processor Family …

One driver is dated 1968 and one in 1970 (INTEL system driver). They are all INTEL drivers, but according to Bowman they do not fit on the machines. A user writes on Twitter that Intel seems to have changed its policy regarding driver updates for OEM computers. And Microsoft has adopted this in Windows Update. As a reason for the old dates for the drivers, the user states that they want to make sure that the drivers now offered are not installed over the OEM drivers. Because the OEM drivers were also delivered with a lower major version.


Addendum: There is also a Microsoft Answers forum post, where a user claims the following:

Why is Windows 10 Update trying to install Surface System and Surface Keyboard on my Dell laptop (Dell Latitude E6420)?  It’s showing that the update status is pending install.  My OS is Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.  Updates were last checked (automatically) today at 12:18 PM CT.

Seems strange, this behavior. This is not the first case, in the German blog post Windows 7/8.1 und die optionalen INTEL System-Treiber-Updates I had already reported something like this in 2016. Question: Have such updates been offered to any of you?

Addendum: It’s a feature, as a German blog reader pointed out. Within this INTEL readme we can read for chipset driver:

Note: Intel(R) Chipset Device Software uses an unusual date
for the devices it is targeting. The date 07/18/1968 is
symbolic – Intel was founded that day. The reason this
date is used is to lower the rank of Intel(R) Chipset Device
This is necessary because it’s a supporting utility that
should not overwrite any other drivers. Updating Intel(R)
Chipset Device Software is not needed – do not worry if you
don’t have the latest version.

And there is this blog post, where Microsoft explain, why they ship drivers with really old dates.

I received also feedback from German readers, that the driver has been installed (although the date should prevent that) and messed some devices.

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7 Responses to Windows 10 offers old/inappropriate Intel driver updates (Sept. 2020)

  1. Darren Miner says:

    You can use the Show or Hide Updates troubleshooting tool from Microsoft to block most of the drivers. However, the Intel chipset drivers cannot be blocked by this tool. You must install the PSWindowsUpdate module into PowerShell and use the provided command for hiding the chipset updates.

  2. wyxchari says:

    Yes, I get those optional updates too. Until when will they be there? Surely there are people who install them.

  3. EP says:


    it seems this driver problem occurs with Windows 10 version 2004.
    I cannot reproduce the problem with 1909 & older.

    also about the Microsoft answers forum post, the user there is using “Windows 10, version 2004” Pro

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  5. Farinelli says:

    Same happened to me, I choosed a few to install and i had problems, today a black screen with the “DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL” error so I restored to my last restauration point and all seems to be normal again. Don’t install those updates and if you want to i’d recommend you to create a restore point

  6. Beaker says:

    Windows Update is currently installing “Intel – System – 2035.15.0.1807” on my system. This seems to be an update for the Intel Management Engine/AMT. But I have a Ryzen 3600 on a X470 board…

    • Shane Pouliot says:

      I’m seeing the same update on a custom build I run in my office. It’s utilizing an Intel HD Graphics 630 with an Intel Core i3-7100 though. The only thing throwing me off about this one is the date.

  7. Mick Woods says:

    I have the same problem and I am running the latest 20H2 windows 10 pro build it’s showing a canon driver – but even if I click the “download and install” button it just checks for updates again and it’s still there!

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