Message users from time to time on January 10 will see reports on device drivers for Windows Update installation that are incompatible with the new version of OS. Windows 10 drivers are often accidentally pushed onto devices, and incompatible drivers can cause a variety of problems.
Last year, Intel accidentally pushed incompatible audio drivers to Windows 10 devices via Windows Update, leading to multiple users being disabled. Some Windows 10 updates were also interrupted in 2019 due to driver compatibility issues.
When Microsoft realizes that the driver is incompatible with Windows 10, it will prevent the affected device from installing a new version of Windows 10. When Microsoft finds reports of incompatible drivers, Microsoft also informs its OEM partners, such as HP, Lenovo or Dell.
Microsoft has finally changed its approach to dealing with incompatible drivers, according to an internal document: the new approach allows Microsoft partners (such as Intel, HP, Dell, and Lenovo) to request that the driver be blocked so that it cannot be pushed to users via Windows Update. After the partner submits the request, Windows Update will not provide a functional update to the device running the incompatible driver.
\"Then Microsoft will suspend the upgrade of the operating system for the device until the issue's patch is released and everything will return to normal without affecting the user's subsequent updates.
\"Problems that affect the operating system after the upgrade, such as driver crashes, BSOD or data loss, security issues, missing connections, etc., will also be fixed after the upgrade,\" Microsoft said in its document.
Another change is being made to prevent Microsoft from pushing its new driver through Windows Update again a day before\/a day after pushing the so-called \"Tuesday\" patch. It also won't push the new driver again for two days before Microsoft releases the Windows 10 feature update.