There have been occasional reports that Windows Update has installed driver updates that are not compatible with current hardware, such as last year when Intel accidentally deployed incompatible audio drivers to Windows 10 devices through WU, causing many users’ audio devices to be disabled. Even now, some devices are unable to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 because of incompatible drivers.
Microsoft’s current approach to incompatible drivers is to prevent these devices from being upgraded to new versions if they are found to have incompatibilities with the new version of Windows 10. In addition, Microsoft will notify OME vendors, such as HP, Lenovo and Dell, to work together to resolve the issue.
According to an internal document, Microsoft will make adjustments to the process. After the adjustment, Microsoft partners (such as Intel, HP, Lenovo, and Dell) are allowed to request a blocking of drivers so that Windows Update cannot be reached. After the partner submits the request, Windows Update will not provide feature updates to devices that run incompatible drivers.
“System updates will be temporarily stopped for these devices,” the document reads. These devices are not derestricted until the patch is released through the service. This does not affect media installation. “
“These issues include issues that directly affect system operation after the upgrade, including drive crashes, blue screens, data loss, security issues, lost connectivity, and more,” the company said, adding that new drivers will be blocked from being installed through Windows Update two days before and after Patch Tuesday. And Microsoft won’t push new driver updates two days before and after the Windows 10 feature update is released.