Frequently Asked Questions about Windows* DCH Drivers for Intel® Graphics

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09/11/2020

Microsoft is moving to a new Universal Drivers architecture starting with Windows® 10 October 2018 Update. This represents a shift in our Intel® Graphics Drivers.

General information

What are Windows* DCH Drivers?Windows DCH Drivers are driver packages that will install and run on Universal Windows Platform (UWP) based editions of Windows® 10.
How does this affect my PC using Intel® Graphics?
  1. Following Microsoft requirements, neither the Intel® Graphics Control Panel nor the Intel® Graphics Command Center will be included with the graphics driver.
    • Once the graphics driver installer completes its installation, it should automatically download and install the Intel® Graphics Command Center from the Microsoft Store (Internet connection is required).
    • If the download is not possible or fails, each application can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store at any time.
  2. You will also notice the Intel® Graphics Settings 'right-click' contextual option seen below is no longer available when using Windows DCH Graphics drivers.
    • You can find and launch the Intel® Graphics Control Panel or the Intel® Graphics Command Center from the Windows Start menu.

Intel® Graphics Settings

Intel and Microsoft have worked together to make this transition as seamless as possible. As such, there shouldn't be any impact to your everyday experience.

Which Intel® Graphics Controllers are supported by Windows DCH Driver? Only the Intel® Graphics Controllers listed below (or newer) will receive an update to Windows DCH Drivers:
  • Intel® UHD Graphics 620/630 (formerly codenamed Coffee Lake)
  • Intel® Iris™ Plus Graphics 655 (formerly codenamed Coffee Lake)
  • Intel® UHD Graphics 600/605 (formerly codenamed Gemini Lake)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 620/630 (formerly codenamed Kaby Lake)
  • Intel® Iris® Plus Graphics 640/650 (formerly codenamed Kaby Lake)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 610/615 (formerly codenamed Gemini Lake)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 500/505 (formerly codenamed Apollo Lake)
  • Intel® HD Graphics 510/515/520/530 (formerly codenamed Skylake)
  • Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 580 (formerly codenamed Skylake)
  • Intel® Iris™ Graphics 540 (formerly codenamed Skylake)
Refer to the following site for assistance to Identify the Intel® Graphics Controller on your computer.
When will Windows DCH Drivers for Intel® Graphics be available? Intel is targeting November, 28th 2018 for the release of our first graphics Windows DCH Drivers via Download Center and the Intel® Driver and Support Assistant (IDSA).
Where can I get technical details about Windows DCH Drivers?

Install and Upgrade

Are there any changes or limitations on the installation of graphics Windows DCH Drivers? Yes. During the transition from Legacy drivers to Windows DCH Drivers you can only use the Installer (.exe) provided by Intel or your computer manufacturer.

Refrain from using any other installation method such as "INF/Have disk installation." Failure to do so may result in minor to catastrophic issues or system instability.

See the next question below for further details.

With the latest Intel DCH drivers, you can update an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customized driver to an Intel generic driver and retain the driver customizations for 6th generation platforms and newer. However, 5th generation platforms and older are unable to do so and may receive an error stating "Computer Manufacturer Graphics Driver Detected".

Can I do ‘INF/Have-disk installation’ for the graphics Windows DCH Driver? No. This method bypasses the Intel installer, which is designed to install the new DCH graphics drivers. Doing this can result in minor to catastrophic issues on your system and system instability.
Is it possible to upgrade the Graphics driver from Legacy to Windows DCH Driver? Yes. We recommend getting the graphics driver updates directly from your computer manufacturer.
Updates for your Intel® Graphics driver can also be downloaded automatically and installed through Windows Update.

Alternatively, you could use the Intel® Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool to automatically scan your computer for the latest Graphics driver from Intel.

How can I tell if the Graphics driver installed on my PC is Windows DCH Driver?
  1. Right-click on Windows Start and click on Device Manager.
  2. Click on Display Adapters.
  3. Right-click on the Intel Graphics Controller and select Properties.
  4. Click on the Driver tab.
  5. Click on Driver Details.
  6. Scroll through the list and check the name used for the .inf files. DCH drivers will contain 'dch' in its .inf file names.
    • Below pictures show an example of DCH vs. Legacy.

DCH vs. Legacy

I have a Windows DCH Driver installed, can I roll back to a previous non-DCH Driver (or Legacy driver)? No. It's still possible to roll back to a legacy driver but this is a complex process that can result in system instability. We don't recommend it.

If you have a critical need to roll back to a Legacy driver please contact us and our support staff would assess the need on a case-by-case basis.

Do I have to get Windows® 10 drivers from Windows Update now? Intel recommends getting the graphics driver directly from your computer manufacturer. It is your OEM's responsibility to release a DCH driver to their own websites and to Windows Update.

However you can still download and install drivers from Download Center or using the Intel® Driver and Support Assistant (IDSA).

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