Trivia

Hard

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

Driver Conflicts
Y2K Errors
Overwritten Files
32-Bit Date Errors
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

Very Hard

The First Vehicular Combat Video Game Was?

Trivia

Hard

“Blood Rain”, Described By Multiple Accounts Throughout History Isn’t Tinted With Blood, But?

Trivia

Hard

In The 1980s There Was A Brief But Active Trend In Comic Books Portraying?

Trivia

Hard

On the Pacific Island of Yap Citizens Used What Unconventional Item as Currency?

Trivia

Easy

In English Culture, “Bangers” Are?

Trivia

Easy

The Plumbing Traps Found In Sinks, Toilets, And Other Drain-Connected Items Are Intended To?

Trivia

Hard

Parasitic Infections Compel Infected Grasshoppers To What?

Trivia

Hard

A Promising New Drug For Treating Stroke Victims Is Derived From?

Trivia

Easy

The Groove In Your Upper Lip Is Called A?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of These Musicians Composed The Score To Spyro The Dragon?