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Hello!

I'm thinking about updating my GPU driver since it hasn't been updated in 3 years, but Intel's Driver Support Assistant (DSA) is giving me this warning sign. One of you here told me that this warning sign only appears if Intel DSA detects customizations to be present.

Q1. Can you please confirm if this is true? Here is the screen:
driver-oem.png

Q2. Is there any way to tell what the customization is, ie. what did Intel DSA detect that results in this warning message? I need to be able to decide if I should upgrade or not.

Q3. Should I update if my system works fine? I normally wouldn't care for an old driver but this system is exposed to the internet on public wifi, and windows 11 is constantly changing its driver frameworks, also apps'games expect new drivers too...

Q4. This update would be a DCH driver I suppose. I remember reading an article from Intel saying that I can update OEM drivers and it will preserve customizations and still provide the latest firmware. And essentially this being-locked-to-ancient-drivers thing is no longer the case.
Windows 10: Intel unlocks graphics drivers so you can now bypass OEM customizations
and then there's this , completely the opposite...
Warning: Installing This Graphics Driver From Intel May Overwrite...
and then, there's the warning message in the screenshot, which is a lot more threatening than in the one in the article. In the article it says 'it might remove', and my warning msg says 'it will remove'
The link in my warning message is this , different from the one above.
According to this, my current driver might not be DCH.
Hardware specification is in my BIO. Link to specs here and NotebookCheck

EDIT: it is reading DCH by the Test intel described :
dch.png

Manufacturer: HUAWEI
Model: NBLB-WAX9N
Processor Name: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-10210U CPU @ 1.60GHz
Thank you./
 
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Since you have a laptop:
A1: The message you are seeing is to warn you that the manufacturer might have configured the driver to match your device specs.
A2: Those customizations may include all the F keys to increase brightness level to name just one.
A3: Latest is not always best. So no in your case.
A4: Your GPU is recent enough to keep its configuration.
Bottom line, why would you consider updating your display driver if you have no issues and no update have come through Windows update?

Feel free to try it if you want, WU might roll it right back anyway.
OR
Hide the update permanently, as I have done on mine.

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    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
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    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
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    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
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    24428 Megabytes
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    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
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    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
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    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
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    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
Intel DSA didn't detect anything :-). They display that warning whether your computer has an OEM driver or not as a precaution. I get that message even on a clean install with no driver other than the built-in generic Microsoft driver.

The issue is simply that the OEM will sometimes make some customization to the display driver to support their specific implementation. This is far more common with laptop computers. I'm not entirely sure whether any OEM actually modifies the display driver for motherboards such as those from ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, etc.

As for what they customized exactly, there really is no way to know.

As an example, I have an older laptop. If I install the ASUS provided display driver, everything works flawlessly. If I install the driver downloaded from Intel, then the display will never wake from sleep.

My suggestion:

1) Make sure that you have the latest driver from your OEM available "just in case".

2) Download the Intel driver and try it! You can always uninstall t and install the OEM driver if needed.

My guess would be that if this is a home-built desktop system you are almost guaranteed that it will work fine. On a laptop - maybe :-).

Q3: It's up to you. If all is working well, then there is certainly no urgency to upgrade. If you are comfortable with topics such as rolling back your driver, installing / uninstalling drivers, then go for it :-).

As for Q4, Intel has flip-flopped on this topic. For a while they were saying that installing their drivers would cause you to lose any OEM customizations. Then they said that installing their driver on top of an OEM driver would preserve the customizations. Now they are back to saying that you may lose your customizations.

Let's bottom line this:

Try it and find out what happens! However, it never hurts to have backups just in case. I have a full system image that gets incremental updates every day so I can easily revert in case of a major failure. I have never had to do a complete reinstall because of a display driver, so this suggestion may be overly cautious, but better err on the side of safety. But, so long as you have the OEM driver available, I would think you should be good because you can always simply go back to it.

TIP: Consider putting your computer details in your profile. It will allow us to have more information and guess less about your system :-).
 

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  • OS
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    Intel i7-11700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime Z590-A
    Memory
    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
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    HP Envy 32
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
    1 x 2TB NVMe Gen 3 x 4 SSD
    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
    PSU
    Corsair HX850i
    Case
    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
    Keyboard
    CODE backlit mechanical keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1 Gb Down
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Additional options installed:
    WiFi 6E PCIe adapter
    ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 PCIe adapter
  • Operating System
    Win11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkBook 13x Gen 2
    CPU
    Intel i7-1255U
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC3306-CG codec
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    13.3-inch IPS Display
    Screen Resolution
    WQXGA (2560 x 1600)
    Hard Drives
    2 TB 4 x 4 NVMe SSD
    PSU
    USB-C / Thunderbolt 4 Power / Charging
    Mouse
    Buttonless Glass Precision Touchpad
    Keyboard
    Backlit, spill resistant keyboard
    Internet Speed
    1Gb Up / 1Gb Down
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    Edge
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    Windows Defender
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    WiFi 6e / Bluetooth 5.1 / Facial Recognition / Fingerprint Sensor / ToF (Time of Flight) Human Presence Sensor
I see. Thank you very very much guys, you both provided extremely meaningful insight to me! Reps given!
 

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