How to install Intel Graphics Windows DCH Drivers on Windows 10

Starting with the October 2018 Update (version 1809), Windows 10 is changing how drivers work with the new Universal Windows drivers architecture, which allows developers to streamline their work with a single driver package that can run across different device types, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and embedded systems.

To meet with the new requirements, Intel is making available new drivers for its graphics adapters, known as "Windows DCH Drivers" (or "Windows Modern Drivers"), which can run on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) editions of Windows 10, and they are meant to replace the old Intel Graphics drivers (now referred as "legacy").

However, there are a few caveats, including the modern drivers are only available for a select number of graphics cards. They're not backward compatible, which means that you can't rollback to the legacy drivers after the upgrade (at least it's not recommended), and if you don't install them correctly, it can lead to stability problems.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to properly install the new Windows DCH drivers for your Intel Graphics adapter.

How NOT to install the Intel Graphics Windows DCH Drivers

While the installation of the new Windows DCH Drivers for your Intel Graphics adapter is a straightforward process, there are few ways to install it wrong.

According to Intel, the new drivers can only be installed using an installation package, or using Windows Update, and you should avoid trying to load the driver manually using the INF file, or the "Have Disk" option. Because if you use these options, you'll skip the Intel setup, which has been designed to properly install the new architecture, and you're likely to come across errors and stability problems.

Also, the new modern drivers are not backward compatible, which means that even though you can remove the legacy drivers from Settings > Apps > Apps & features, it'll cause problems with your Windows 10 installation.

In the case that you need to rollback, it's recommended to contact Intel support directly for help.

How to check if you have a supported Intel Graphics adapter

The new drivers are only available for a select number of adapters. If you don't know whether your device includes a compatible graphics adapter, then use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Expand the Display Adapter branch.

  1. If you have one of the following adapters, then you can transition to the new Intel drivers:
    • UHD Graphics 620/630.
    • Iris Plus Graphics 655.
    • UHD Graphics 600/605.
    • HD Graphics 620/630.
    • Iris Plus Graphics 640/650.
    • HD Graphics 610/615.
    • HD Graphics 500/505.
    • HD Graphics 510/515/520/530.
    • Iris Pro Graphics 580.
    • Iris Graphics 540.

In addition, your computer must be running a supported version of Windows 10. The new drivers are available for Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update), version 1803 (April 2018 Update), version 1809 (October 2018 Update), and later versions.

How to install Intel Graphics Windows DCH Drivers

On Windows 10, there are two ways to install the new modern drivers for your graphics card. You can use the Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool, or you can download the package directly to install the graphics driver manually.

Using Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool

Using the Intel assistant tool is the easiest (and recommended) method to upgrade from the legacy to the new modern Intel Graphics driver, as it scans, detects, downloads, and installs the compatible drivers automatically.

To install the modern drivers using the iDSA tool, use these steps:

  1. Open this Intel support website.
  2. Under the "Available Downloads" section, click the Intel Driver and Support Assistant Installer button.

  1. Click the button to accept the Intel terms.
  2. Double-click the .exe installer.
  3. Check the option to accept the license agreement.
  4. Click the Install button.

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. In the notification area, click the iDSA tool icon, and select the Check For New Drivers option.

After completing the steps, the assistant will scan your device, and if there's a compatible Intel Graphics adapter, then it'll download and install the latest Windows DCH drivers automatically.

Using Intel Graphics driver installer

If you're running the 64-bit version of Windows 10 (or Windows Server) with a supported adapter, you can also use these steps to install the new Universal Windows Drivers from Intel:

  1. Open this Intel support website.Quick Tip: If you have a branded device, you may want to check your manufacturer support website to download the new drivers, before using the package from Intel.
  2. Under the "Available Downloads" section, click the dch_win64_XX.XX.XXX.XXXX.exe button.

  1. Click the button to accept the Intel terms.
  2. Double-click the .exe installer.
  3. Click the Next button.

  1. Continue with the on-screen directions (the usual, next, next, next...) to complete the installation.

Once you've completed the steps, the installer will remove the legacy drivers and upgrade to the new architecture.

If you're not in a rush to upgrade, on supported devices, the drivers will eventually upgrade automatically through Windows Update.

Although the drivers are new, you're unlikely to see any changes in the experience or performance (unless the drivers have been updated specifically to improve functionality). However, after the installation, you'll no longer find the Intel Graphics Control Panel, as this component will download and install automatically the next time you connect to the internet.

Alternatively, you can also download the Intel Graphics Control Panel from the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab).

How to check if your PC is using Intel Graphics Windows DCH Drivers

If you want to make sure the Window DCH drivers have been installed successfully on your device, then use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the experience.
  3. Expand the Display Adapter branch.
  4. Right-click the Intel graphics adapter, and select the Properties option.

  1. Click on the Driver tab.
  2. Check the Driver Version information.

After completing the steps, if the version is higher than 25.20.100.6444, then your device is using the Windows DCH Drivers.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

14 Comments
  • Okay. I could take the time to install them on my SP4 (maybe). But if I could, what would I gain?
  • This would be a negative for a Surface device. The drivers from MS are customized for that specific device and have performance and color customizations.
  • Mine is Intel® HD Graphics 630 on a Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Inspiron 3268) and when I run the iDSA tool it says that is all updated...
  • So how do you tell the difference when its installed? The installation wizard is identical
  • Will there be any new/modern DCH drivers for AMD Radeon gfx cards?
  • "If the version is higher than 25.20.100.6444" should be replaced with "if the version is equal or higher than 20.20.100.6444"
  • would this help with phantom touch and screen issues on a SP4
  • No, that's probably a hardware defect. Disable the touch screen in device manager. At least you will have a functional computer. Or send it to Microsoft if the device is under warranty.
  • Microsoft said they would replace Surface Pro 4s that are having that issue (there was another article on Windows Central about it). They never said what was causing the issue though.
  • I am guessing this is not applicable for Surface? Since Surface runs a custom Surface drivers? Correct?
  • Can I update my Legion Y520 with HD630 with this modern drivers
  • Anywhere I can read about this new driver model for Windows? That seems like a major change (just like XP to Vista), and yet I've heard nothing about it.
  • Installed the new hdc Intel drivers on a Latitude 5480 today. Had to Uninstall the old drivers through first. When the old drivers from Dell was installed the installation from Intel refused to install the new ones because my drivers were specified from Dell. Seems to be working fine so far.
  • Ever since I updated my Yoga 920 to 1809 my brightness control stops working if I bring the machine out of sleep. I can't manually update using the downloaded software from Intel because I get the "driver not validated for this computer" error and I am directed to go to my manufacturer. Unfortunately my manufacturer does not have updated drivers for this machine. I loved my 920 until I did the update now I have to reboot it multiple times per day in order to get the brightness control to work. I am beginning to dislike my machine. I expected better support than this from Lenovo.