For a while now, I’ve been speculating about what goes on with device drivers each time a new Win10 Build goes onto one of my test machines. In visiting Reliability Monitor (RelMon) this morning, I finally got confirmation that Win10 starts afresh with drivers during the install process, immediately following device enumeration as shown here:
Looks like my i7 4770K machine requires 24 drivers during the install process, and is finding everything it needs.
I’ve got to say that I’m either benefitting from having a less-than-bleeding edge system (it’s about two years old) or MS is doing a bang-up job of finding the drivers it needs (DriverAgent is reporting that all 119 devices on this test machine are correct and up-to-date, without requiring any action from yours truly to make it so). It’s nice to get confirmation that Windows 10 does start with fresh drivers each time a new build installs, but even nicer to have a sense that MS is handling those drivers without too much muss or fuss (remember the Vista driver debacle? Looks unlikely to repeat with this version…). Even my Dell Venue Pro 11 7139 (a much newer system, with 4 drivers showing “behind” on that platform, keeps that status unchanged from one new Windows 10 build to the next — I am unable to update those drivers, either because the results of the update cause the system to fail (a not uncommon phenomenon on notebook and tablet PCs), or because the new drivers won’t install for any of a number of good reasons — which tells me that MS has got the driver thing pretty well figured out for Windows 10.
That’s one thing that those who upgrade to Windows 10 following the July 29 release date probably won’t have to worry about. That’s a bit of unalloyed good news, because nothing brings systems down like driver difficulties.