Device drivers are critical bits of software that let Windows and your computer interact and communicate with hardware. It’s important to be careful and cautious when updating drivers, and to stick to reliable sources for such updates.
Because I check over my Reliability Monitor errors frequently, I notice this week that Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant startup item has started throwing “stopped working” errors. I don’t need this, so I disable that item immediately. You might do likewise.
Oho! Here’s an interesting information item, courtesy of the Windows 10 Minimum Hardware Requirements at Microsoft Docs. See Section 3.0 “Minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 for desktop editions.” Note: this lengthy, detailed document shows its current publication date as 05/02/2017 as I write this article. However, it has surely been updated since then, because
An ingenious graduate student at Eindhoven University explains how an attacker can totally bypass OS and hardware security, given physical access to a Thunderbolt 3 port and the right tools. You’ve been warned!
Before I start messing around with my production PC I always make sure I have a current backup. So why am I not surprised that my current backup is now on a drive that itself needs recovery? Sigh.
My Lenovo X380 Yoga is still hanging at 62% on Fast Ring upgrades, but now I’m seeing a different error code. It only convinces me further that UUPdump.ml is the right path to a successful upgrade — for this PC, at least.
Microsoft’s Shiproom Schedule pinpoints the planned release window for the May 2020 Windows 10 Feature Update from May 26-28. Get ready!
Because recent driver shenanigans on a test PC have caused WU to hang on Insider Preview upgrades, I’ve been using UUPdump.ml to upgrade that machine instead. Along the way, I’ve observed it’s faster, and it does more, too. Good stuff!
OK then: I have to thank one of our eagle-eyed readers. On April 29, I posted that you can now forcibly upgrade your Intel GPU drivers for 6th generation processors and newer. I also reported that such drivers wouldn’t over-write OEM customizations, either. As it turns out, I was ALMOST right. There is a catch:
The little-known GatherOSState. exe program captures Windows 10 activation data so it can be restored after a clean install to keep Windows 10 activated. It also works with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 keys as well. Good stuff!