Replace default Windows 10 Intel graphics driver

After installing Windows 10 I experienced problems with screen corruption, (unwanted) screen cloning and occasional graphics driver crashes.

The graphics driver also seemed to cause performance and stability problems for some programs.

Intel Graphics driver version 10.18.15.4256 installed by Windows Update worked poorly for me.

 

Windows 10 forces particular driver updates as standard.

I wanted to use the latest Intel graphics driver to avoid the problems described above.

 

This was accomplished by:

1. Identfying the CPU using CPU-Z and finding the latest compatible graphics driver at: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/

2. Downloading and unpacking the .zip driver package.

3. Updating and choosing the driver using Device Manager.

4. Disabling driver updates.

 

I found a number of ways to disable driver updates here:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/take-back-control-driver-updates-windows-10/

The method that worked for me was changing the value of registry key SearchOrderConfig from 1 to 0.

Under: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching

Conclusion

The default graphics driver delivered by Windows Update may not be the most reliable version.

In some cases it can be relevant to install a different driver version and disabling driver updates.

Windows Update stuck at Preparing to install

Windows Update problems on new Windows Server 2012 (R2) machines are fairly common.

 

Common advice is to clear: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution

This usually works, but unfortunately it also resets parts of the Windows Update history.

In some cases it’s not necessary to clear the SoftwareDistribution folder.

 

If Windows Update is stuck at Preparing to install for a long time (hours), the problem may be resolved simply by restarting the Windows Update service.

From an elevated command prompt run:

net stop wuauserv

Usually the Windows Update service will be started automatically.

In case it isn’t, start it with:

net start wuauserv

 

This simple procedure solved the Windows Update problem I experienced today. Afterwards it was no longer stuck, but installed updates normally.