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Windows 10 20H1 Manual Drivers Allows Third-Party Automatic Driver Updates

Microsoft has announced Manual Drivers, a new Windows 10 20H1 feature that allows third-party driver makers issue automatic updates.


is continuing to make changes to how updates arrive on . In the company's latest tweak, (version 2004) will introduce a new update scenario. Specifically, hardware partners will be allowed to push automatic driver updates to devices.

Of course, Microsoft can already do this for its own updates but is seemingly extending it to third parties. The company calls the ability “Manual Drivers” and says it makes driver updates more streamlined.

According to Microsoft, developers of drivers will be able to find problems more quickly and prevent broken updates from spreading.

“All partners will now be able to publish drivers as automatic! This grants access to driver flighting, and gradual rollout. Which will allow Microsoft, and our partners to detect issues earlier and take corrective action if necessary.”

Gradual Rollout

Windows 10 20H1 has an Optional updates screen that will show which drivers need to be installed. This is a new feature that is coming to version 2004 and later Windows builds.

Yes, Microsoft is calling these driver updates automatic, but they will behave differently at first. The company says the updates will be rolled out in stages so not everyone will get them immediately. The company says this allows driver makers to prevent problematic updates reaching more devices.

“Allowing Automatic drivers to be offered to Windows 10 clients during throttling via the new Windows Update UX, enabling support teams to quickly address driver issues in the field without waiting for a full release,” Microsoft says.

Windows 10 20H1 is believed to be already finalized and will become official for all users in May.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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