Intel releases performance-enhancing graphics driver update to fix Desktop Windows Manager problem in Windows 10 and Windows 11
There is good news for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users who have noticed high resource usage by Desktop Windows Manager.
Intel has released updated graphics driver which addresses an issue that caused DMW.exe to use more CPU time and RAM than it should. The update means that Intel's DCH drivers have now reached version 18.104.22.1681.
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The issue was resulting in a reduction in performance on affected systems, but with the new update, Intel says that it has introduced "stability improvements with Desktop Window Manager (DWM) on 6th generation Intel Core Processors through 10th generation Intel Core Processors".
The company says that the updated driver also fixes the following key issues:
- Playability improvements for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary in classic graphics mode on 11th Generation Intel Core Processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics.
- Crash or hang seen in Battlefield 2042 (DX12), FIFA 21 (DX12) on 11th Generation Intel Core Processors with Intel Iris Xe graphics.
- Minor graphic anomalies seen in Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX11).
- Error message seen when running Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12) on Intel Iris Xe Discrete graphics.
Before you install the update, it is worth checking out the release notes as there are various known issues. A PDF of the release note can be read here.
The driver can be downloaded here, and it is available for 6th generation processors and above.