An Introduction to Drivers when Using Intel® Driver & Support Assistant (Intel® DSA)

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06/17/2020

What is the Intel® Driver & Support Assistant?

The Intel® Driver & Support Assistant:

  • Easily identifies drivers installed by Intel and third-parties.
  • Scans for Intel driver and software updates as well as system and device information.
  • Provides integrated support and links to other support information.

What is a driver?

A device driver (or simply driver) is a software program that tells your computer how to communicate with a particular piece of hardware. An example of this hardware is a video card. Intel offers generic drivers.

What is a generic driver?

A generic driver is a basic driver version that isn't customized. Intel offers generic versions of Intel® Graphics Drivers, but recommends using drivers from your computer manufacturer. The computer manufacturer can offer customized versions of the Intel Graphics Drivers for your particular computer model.

What is the difference between a generic driver and a computer manufacturer customized driver?

Intel offers generic versions of drivers while computer manufacturers:

  • May have pre-installed customized drivers with altered features.
  • May have verified these drivers for use with the devices on that particular system.
Related topics
Intel® Driver & Support Assistant FAQ
Intel® Driver & Support Assistant Fundamentals
Update Guidance for Intel® Driver & Support Assistant (Intel® DSA)
Installation Guidance for Intel® Driver & Support Assistant (Intel® DSA)