Are 20H1 drivers also 20H2 compatible?

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  1. Posts : 533
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
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    Are 20H1 drivers also 20H2 compatible?


    Guys, sorry if this has been asked before.

    I want to do a clean install of 20H2 but my motherboard's manufacturer is still offering drivers only for 20H1. However, this link from Microsoft is stating that 20H1 and 20H2 are sharing an identical set of system files.

    Does this mean that 20H1 drivers should also be 20H2 compatible?
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  2. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 11 Pro
       #2

    Yes
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  3. Posts : 13,796
    Win10 Version 22H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
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    I've found the drivers are compatible but my newest machine is about 18 months old. Sometimes following problems posted on forums give me the feeling the hardware is too good or too new for the Operating System, takes a bit of time for both to get coordinated, the same old thing about newest, biggest, highest performers wanted by users, I'm not a video editor, large spreadsheet/database user or gamer so needs are less.
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  4. Posts : 4,699
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
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    20H2 is nothing more than an enablement package. It bumps up the build number by one and lights of some already-existing features. So, no difference in drivers
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  5. Posts : 41,326
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
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    Also old well tested drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's website can typically be installed followed by Windows updates.
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  6. Posts : 533
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
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    zbook said:
    Also old well tested drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's website can typically be installed followed by Windows updates.
    Yes, although I'd prefer to have drivers that are explicitly tested on newer versions if there are any. Just to rule out any potential compatibility problems.
    spunk said:
    20H2 is nothing more than an enablement package. It bumps up the build number by one and lights of some already-existing features. So, no difference in drivers
    Thanks for the info. I indeed read that 20H2 is being offered as a quality update for 20H1 users. So I'm assuming that the difference between, let's say 20H1 and 19H2, is larger than 20H1 vs 20H2?

    I got a bit confused because Gigabyte is offering a sound driver particularly for 20H2 while all the other system drivers are still at 20H1. Hence me thinking I'd have to wait.
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  7. Posts : 4,699
    Windows 11 Pro 64 Bit 22H2
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    The Microsoft Naming convention has changed, now, the first 2 numbers are the Year, the second set is the Half of the year (ie) H1 is the First half of year and H2 is the second half of the year. Read This to Understand Windows 10 Update Names and Numbers BTW they just released 21H1, which also isn't much of an upgrade, so, no driver updates required. Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1 | Windows Experience Blog 21H2 will be a much bigger update supposedly.
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  8. Posts : 533
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
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    NavyLCDR said:
    Yes
    One other question. I noticed that station-drivers usually have Intel newer drivers than Intel itself. How is that possible if their source is Intel?
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  9. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 11 Pro
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    They are using their own version numbering system.
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  10. Posts : 1,746
    Windows 10 Pro x64 22H2
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    JohnnyGui said:
    I'd prefer to have drivers that are explicitly tested on newer versions if there are any. Just to rule out any potential compatibility problems.
    The age of hardware rather than drivers is far more likely to cause compatibility issues with new OS builds.

    Like what zbook said, countless times drivers for Win. 8 work just fine on Win. 10
    You know not all hardware manufacturers release new drivers with same speed, ex. GPU oem's seem to be the fastest in regard to new OS builds.

    The older your hardware is less driver updates you'll get, so there is no point to delay because probably there may be no newer drivers anytime soon.
    You have desktop PC, not laptop, and that's one big advantage to deal with compatibility issues.

    up to date system is way more important than up to date drivers.

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    Just my personal opinion.
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