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Windows 7: Intel Releases Windows 7 Graphics Driver

19 Dec 2008   #1
echrada

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Intel Releases Windows 7 Graphics Driver

Hardware vendors are getting an early jump on Microsoft's next OS to avoid Vista-style compatibility headaches.


In an effort to avoid compatibility problems that plagued the launch of Windows Vista, Intel (NSDQ: INTC) is giving developers a jump on its Windows 7-based product line.
The company has released a pre-production version of Windows 7 drivers for graphics chipsets. The WDDM1.1 graphics driver is designed for "enabling the full Windows 7 experience," Intel said, noting that the driver is the result of ongoing collaboration with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT).




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Drivers allow hardware components to communicate with a computer operating system. Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, is expected by industry observers to be released in late 2009 or early 2010.

When Vista launched in January of last year, many hardware makers -- including Intel -- didn't have fully compatible drivers ready. The problems marked the beginning of a slew of bad press for Vista that ultimately led many businesses and consumers to reject the OS.

To avoid a repeat of those problems, Microsoft earlier this year ordered computer and other hardware makers to begin testing their devices on Windows 7 as soon as the first beta version becomes available.

Hardware makers that don't comply with the edict won't qualify for Microsoft's Windows Logo certified compatibility program for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. "Beginning with the first beta of Windows 7 all Windows Vista submissions must include a complete CPK with test logs from Windows 7," Microsoft said in a 61-page bulletin to its hardware partners.

CPK refers to a process control method used in software development.

Microsoft's hard line with PC and chipmakers on Windows 7 compatibility should be no surprise. The software maker is embroiled in a lawsuit filed by consumers who claim they were misled into buying systems that, they contend, were falsely labeled as Vista compatible.

A recent Microsoft blog post states that programmers who attend an MSDN Developer Conference in January will be given a DVD containing the first Windows 7 beta.

Microsoft for the first time unveiled Windows 7 features at its Los Angeles Professional Developers Conference in October and appears anxious to release the OS as soon as possible. The company has formally said that Windows 7 won't ship until early 2010, but the January release of a beta disk is the latest sign that Windows 7 could debut in late 2009.

Microsoft is hoping Windows 7, which includes native support for touch screens, will help erase memories of Vista, which has been a disappointment for the company.


Intel Releases Windows 7 Graphics Driver -- InformationWeek


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19 Dec 2008   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Hi echrada

Good read as usual

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Hardware makers that don't comply with the edict won't qualify for Microsoft's Windows Logo certified compatibility program for Windows 7 or Windows Vista. "Beginning with the first beta of Windows 7 all Windows Vista submissions must include a complete CPK with test logs from Windows 7," Microsoft said in a 61-page bulletin to its hardware partners.
About time M$ got tough with the people who really let Vista down

Just my opinion mind
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19 Dec 2008   #3
echrada

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

When you're right, you're right!
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19 Dec 2008   #4
baarod

El Capitan / Windows 10
 
 

OK. I'll bite. Where can I get ahold of them?
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19 Dec 2008   #5
Bellerophon

Windows Se7en Ultimate x64
 
 
AMD have also released GFX drivers

AMD have also released similar. They can be accessed on their drivers site.



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19 Dec 2008   #6
doubleblack

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Now we just need something official from nVidia
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20 Dec 2008   #7
johngalt

 

From November 5th:

NVIDIA Graphics Supercharge Windows 7

They are probably working a lot more closely with M$ on these drivers, and thus there will probably be a very small time of Betas and then a jump to gold....
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21 Dec 2008   #8
DiamondNRG

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by doubleblack View Post
Now we just need something official from nVidia
Better hold your breath for another 3 months. They are SLOW.
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23 Dec 2008   #9
johngalt

 

Actually, nVidia already has *official* drivers already listed with M$ - so, this time around, I wouldn't worry about holding yer breath - it won't be that long.
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24 Dec 2008   #10
darkassain

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bellerophon View Post
AMD have also released similar. They can be accessed on their drivers site.



AMD Customer Care
the prerelease is 8.11 isnt???
thats what my Catalyst checks out as....
any link for the 8.12???....

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by baarod View Post
OK. I'll bite. Where can I get ahold of them?
me too as i have a x3100...


below there is my prerelease w7 ATi CCC.


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