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Frequently Asked Questions for Intel® Graphics and Windows 8*/8.1*


Last Reviewed: 27-Dec-2016
Article ID: 000005483

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How to identify your Intel® Graphics Controller See How to Identify your Intel Graphics Controller or Intel® Chipset Identification Utility.
Which Intel® graphics products have drivers for the Windows 8* and Windows 8.1* operating systems?
Intel® Graphics: Windows 8 driver available? Windows 8.1 driver available?
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 Yes Yes
Intel® Iris™ Graphics 5100 Yes Yes
Intel® HD Graphics 5000 Yes Yes
Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Yes Yes
Intel® HD Graphics 4400 Yes Yes
Intel® HD Graphics 4200 Yes Yes
Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Yes Yes
Intel® HD Graphics 2500 Yes Yes
Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Yes Yes2
Intel® Atom™ Processor Z2760 with Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator Yes (from computer manufacturer only) Yes (from computer manufacturer only)
Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics Yes1 (from Windows Update* only) No
Intel® Celeron® Processors 700/800/B700/B800/G400/G500 Series (formerly codenamed Sandy Bridge) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes2
Intel® Celeron® Processors 900/1000/G1000 Series (formerly codenamed Ivy Bridge) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes
Intel® Celeron® Processors 2000 Series (formerly codenamed Haswell) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes
Intel® Celeron® Processors J1000/N2000 Series (formerly codenamed Bay Trail M/D) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes (64-bit only)
Intel® Celeron® Processors P4000/U3000 Series (formerly codenamed Arrandale) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes1 (from Windows Update only) No
Intel® G41/G43/G45/Q43/Q45 Express Chipsets Yes1 (from Windows Update only) No
Intel® Pentium® Processors 900/B900/G600/G800 Series (formerly codenamed Sandy Bridge) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes2
Intel® Pentium® Processors 2000/G2000/G2100 Series (formerly codenamed Ivy Bridge) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes
Intel® Pentium® Processors 3000/G3000 Series (formerly codenamed Haswell) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes
Intel® Pentium® Processors G6000/P6000/U5000 Series (formerly codenamed Arrandale/Clarkdale) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes1 (from Windows Update only) No
Intel® Pentium® Processors J2000/N3000 Series (formerly codenamed Bay Trail M/D) with Intel® HD Graphics Yes Yes (64-bit only)
Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family Yes1 (from Windows Update only) No

1 Supports only WDDM 1.1 features

2 Supports only WDDM 1.2 features

Where can I download Intel® Graphics Drivers?

Generic graphics drivers are available by manually browsing the Intel® Download Center or using the Intel® Driver Update Utility for automatic detection of the latest drivers for your system.

Note To avoid potential installation incompatibilities, Intel recommends checking with your computer manufacturer to see if a driver update is available. Some computer manufacturers require that their customized and validated drivers be used for your specific computer model.
Where can I download graphics drivers from Windows* Update? >Visit Windows Update.
How do I get graphics drivers for my Intel® Celeron® Processor or Intel® Pentium® Processor (formerly codenamed Bay Trail M/D) with Intel® HD Graphics? If you are looking for drivers for an Intel® Pentium® Processor or Intel® Celeron® Processor (formerly codenamed Bay Trail M/D) with Intel® HD Graphics, follow the steps on How to get Intel® HD Graphics Drivers.
What is WDDM?

WDDM (Microsoft Windows Display Driver Model) is the graphic driver architecture for graphics drivers for Windows* (beginning with Windows Vista*.

How do I check which WDDM version is supported by my Intel® Graphics Driver?

To check your WDDM version, find your Intel Graphics Driver version and look at the first number.

For help, see How to Identify your Driver Version.

Driver Version's First Number WDDM Version Note
10 1.3

Supports new features of Windows 8.1*

9 1.2

Supports new features of Windows 8*

8 1.1

Supports new features of Windows 7*

7 1.0

Supports new features of Windows Vista*

What are the new features supported in WDDM 1.2 that are not supported in WDDM 1.1?

Intel Graphics Drivers, which support WDDM 1.2, support the following new Windows 8 operating system (OS) features:

  • Microsoft DirectX* 11.1 support
  • Stereoscopic 3D support
  • Improved graphics fault tolerance with GPU preemption (to improve desktop responsiveness) and timeout detection and recovery improvements (improved resiliency to GPU hangs)
  • DirectFlip to help reduce power consumption.

These features are not supported with WDDM 1.1 and 1.0 drivers.

For more information on these new Windows 8 OS features, see Microsoft’s paper, Windows Display Driver Model Enhancements in Windows 8.

What are the new features supported in WDDM 1.3 that are not supported in WDDM 1.2?

Intel Graphics Drivers, which support WDDM 1.3, support the following new Windows 8.1 operating system (OS) features:

  • Miracast* support
  • Hybrid Graphics support

These features are not supported with WDDM 1.2, 1.1, or 1.0 drivers.

Windows AERO* doesn't work on Windows 8* and Windows 8.1*.

The AERO feature has been removed by Microsoft on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

 
Related topics
Supported operating systems
Wikipedia link for WDDM*
Windows* Display Driver Model Enhancements for Windows 8*
Miracast* FAQ
Windows Vista* support FAQ
Windows 7* Support FAQ
Graphics Memory FAQ for Windows 8*
Windows Aero* FAQ