New design, same drivers

What’s Intel ‘modern’ drivers for Windows 10

Intel releases new modern drivers to replace the now old "Intel Graphics" drivers which are meant to comply with the new Windows 10 requirements.

Intel 9th Gen chips

Windows 10 is changing the way that drivers work, and to comply with these changes, Intel has introduced a new set of graphics drivers known as “Windows Modern Drivers,” which are a new kind of drivers designed specifically for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 and later.

These graphics drivers are also referred as “Universal Windows Drivers” (UWD), they will replace the Intel Graphics drivers, which now are just referred as “legacy” drivers, and they’re optimized for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which is a requirement starting with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809).

The legacy drivers will continue to exist, and you can still use them, but in order to revert, you’ll have to uninstall the current driver from the “Apps & features” settings page, and then, you need to install the legacy driver manually. (Though, Intel recommends not to roll back as it may cause system instability.)

While the drivers are new, users are unlikely to see any changes in the experience using Intel Graphics.

The current version for Intel drives is 25.20.100.6444, and it’s available for devices running Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) and later, and it’s only available in 64-bit.

If you want to transition to the new drivers, you can download and install the latest driver from this Intel web page. Once you download the file, simply double-click the “exe” file and continue with the on-screen directions. Also, Intel is recommending not to install the driver using the INF file or “Have Disk” methods as it’ll add the driver incorrectly and you may come across problems.

If you want to know about the new drives, Intel has published a FAQ page with detail information everyone should know.