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New Windows 10 update could finally fix a huge problem with drivers


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A major Windows 10 update coming later in 2021 could finally fix a big problem with the operating system, as it will move third-party drivers to an isolated folder on your hard drive.

 

This may not sound terribly exciting, but it’s quite an important move. Drivers are incredibly important bits of software that allow Windows 10 to communicate with the hardware installed in your PC.

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Hmmm this could certainly help with Windows stability.

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13 hours ago, ENTERPRISE said:

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Hmmm this could certainly help with Windows stability.

Question is,are they STILL gonna keep installing what they think is the latest greatest driver for the device automatically? I mean they already kinda DO keep 3rd party drivers separate in the updates section...Never mind,just ck'd before posting and within the last couple of updates they've removed them. lol?

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6 hours ago, schuck6566 said:

Question is,are they STILL gonna keep installing what they think is the latest greatest driver for the device automatically? I mean they already kinda DO keep 3rd party drivers separate in the updates section...Never mind,just ck'd before posting and within the last couple of updates they've removed them. lol?

 

Yeah I do find that irritating, that is a reason why after wiping my Nvidia drivers with DDU, I actually reboot the PC with my network disabled so I can install the already downloaded drivers without windows butting its head in.

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On 4/2/2021 at 1:10 PM, ENTERPRISE said:

 

Yeah I do find that irritating, that is a reason why after wiping my Nvidia drivers with DDU, I actually reboot the PC with my network disabled so I can install the already downloaded drivers without windows butting its head in.

Oh see, I always thought the trick was to beat your ISP's download speeds and Windows' automatic update by just having an insanely fast SSD and the drivers ready to install on reboot on the desktop.

Silly me. :wheee_orange:

I'll try your way next time. ?

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Seriously, I never thought about just disabling my NIC first before doing a DDU run.  That's actually started helping me the last few days. :)

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I'm not familiar enough with Windows/NTFS to get what this changes compared to what is currently done.  Is it just the directory separation + some sort of special permissions for the "OEMDRIVER" directory? 

 

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Just read a bit more about it, and here's an article with a bit more info: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-10-is-getting-oemdrivers-a-folder-for-third-party-drivers/

Looks like it is more of a security and house cleaning change.  The System32 folder was really only meant to hold critical trusted files for the OS, but over time 3rd-party developers used it store non-system drivers and executables. 

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