Windows 10 new driver system

From the updates of Windows 10 2004 and 20H2, Microsoft has changed the way it chooses drivers to install the system’s devices. The company will stop searching for Manual drivers automatically and will only procure the Automatic drivers if the vendor publishes them to the Windows Update repository. Thus, to set new devices, users should manually search for compatible drivers.

Windows 10 New Driver System

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Microsoft is recreating all of its features to revamp the whole of its OS gradually. In its latest update of Windows 10 versions 2004 and 20H2, the maker has modified the way it searches and applies the device drivers. While it has some good purposes, it may become annoying to users since it pushes for some manual work if misconfigured.

The Plug and Play (PnP) devices like Mouse, keyboard, USB Camera, etc. need their respective drivers (softwares) to run on PC. These softwares are supposed to bridge the system’s hardware and the device’s hardware. Microsoft used to search for these drivers automatically whenever there’s a device plugged in.

As per a support document in Windows 10 2004 and 20H2, Microsoft categorizes the drivers as Automatic and Manual and searches only the Automatic drivers by default. These will be found and installed by Windows 10 automatically, requiring no part from the user. But, it also ignores any Manual drivers, which breaks the device.

This forces the users to search the Manual drivers by going to Windows Update manually> View optional updates > Driver updates. You should now Reconnect your device and look for the drivers on the manufacturer’s website. This will be the case if OEMs don’t publish Automatic drivers to the Windows Update repository.

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