Intel moves all CPU iGPUs from 6th to 10th generation to legacy status and only receives critical security updates

Intel has moved its entire CPU iGPU family from 6th to 10th generation to legacy status and will now only issue critical security updates. This company decision will directly impact Windows users and eventually Linux users as well.

Intel is moving iGPU support for 6th through 10th Gen Core CPUs to the legacy software branch to segment the company’s graphics drivers

The current Windows 31.0.101.2111 driver, located on Intel’s support site, announces that the company has decided to upgrade the Atom, Pentium, Celeron and all GPUs between the 6th and 10th generation cores to the legacy Defer company support. When the 31.0.101.3222 drivers were released, the company saw fit to move processor support for Comet Lake, Kaby Lake, and Skylake to the Legacy branch. The drivers focused on integrated graphics.

Starting today, Intel is bundling the current and legacy drivers into a single driver package for Windows, excluding 11th and 12th Gen Core processors, DG1 series and Arc GPUs. While this is a smart decision and perfect for end users, hopefully the company can fully integrate all legacy and current branches into a single branch, limiting confusion from Intel users.

The company states that “critical fixes and security vulnerabilities” will only be the company’s concern for the selected legacy hardware. Updates are rolled out quarterly instead of monthly or even day-zero game updates as newer generations get them. There may also be fewer updates for drivers that fall into the 6th through 10th generation Core lines and transition to legacy status. Critical updates are expected to still appear at appropriate times if they compromise security or fail operations.

Support for Skylake via Comet Lake’s iGPUs will continue to be available within the single driver for Windows, but no other minor changes or fixes are shown. Michael Larabel of website Phoronix notes that the company’s move is not unexpected, as he reported: “…about Intel’s Compute Runtime, which just a few days ago started bringing support to older Intel generations with Windows builds deactivate.”

Linux users need to feel less affected by Intel’s iGPU support, which continues in the main Linux kernel and in Mesa Vulkan and OpenGL graphics drivers. Larabel goes on to point out that most of Intel’s legacy integrated graphics are still available in Linux.

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