Trivia

Hard

All Windows Drivers Are Dated June 21, 2006 In Order To Avoid?

Y2K Errors
Overwritten Files
32-Bit Date Errors
Driver Conflicts
The driver date being displayed for a Windows driver.
Microsoft

Answer: Driver Conflicts

If you look at the default drivers included with Windows, you’ll immediately notice something very odd. Every single one of them is dated June 21, 2006. It doesn’t matter if the driver is for a service or product that didn’t even exist in 2006, it doesn’t matter if you installed Windows yesterday, the drivers are always dated June 21, 2006.

While you could write that off as some bizarre Windows quirk, the driver backdating is actually a clever way of ensuring that you always have the most up-to-date drivers for your computer while minimizing the risk that Windows will select the wrong driver. When Windows attempts to automatically select a driver for you (something it has gotten significantly better at over the years), it follows a simple checklist. First, it looks for a driver with a perfectly matching hardware ID, then if there are two or more perfect matches, it favors the newest one, then—if by some coincidence—there are two perfectly matched drivers with identical dates, it defers to the driver version number.

So why does it matter that the default Windows drivers are backdated well over a decade into the past? It ensures that Windows will always prefer newer manufacturer-provided drivers by minimizing (and usually totally eliminating) the chance that Windows will pick its generic, built-in driver over the manufacturer’s driver.

Trivia

Hard

The First Real Astronaut To Appear On Star Trek Was?

Trivia

Hard

Despite Popular Belief, Which Of These Animals Rarely Carries Rabies?

Trivia

Hard

Who Was The First Space Tourist?

Trivia

Hard

In The 19th Century, Which Activity Was Decried As Wasteful And Inferior To Other Pursuits?

Trivia

Very Hard

In Computer Chess, The Computer Evaluates The Value Of Moves Using Which Unit Of Measurement?

Trivia

Easy

The Only Other Animal In The Giraffidae Family Besides The Giraffe Is The?

Trivia

Hard

What Are The Most Influential Sci-Fi Writers Of The 20th Century Called?

Trivia

Easy

Which City Temporarily Changed Its Name To Promote A Video Game?

Trivia

Hard

In Response To Complaints Of Slow Elevators Designers Installed What?