Intel To Remove Old Drivers and BIOS Updates From Its Site

Just happened to see this over at Slashdot:
https://it.slashdot.org/story/19/11/18/1646210/intel-to-remove-old-drivers-and-bios-updates-from-its-site

By Friday this week, Intel plans to remove old drivers and BIOS updates from its official website. From a report:
"This download, BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A] 0163, will no longer be available after November 22, 2019 and will not be supported with any additional functional, security, or other updates," reads a message posted to the download page of one of the impacted components. "Intel recommends that users of BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A] 0163 uninstall and/or discontinue use as soon as possible," the message continues. The downloads are drivers and BIOS updates for Intel desktop components and motherboards the company released in the 90s and early-to-mid 2000s. Downloads for hundreds of components are believed to have been impacted, from motherboards to NIC cards and graphics cards. Most of the drivers are for Windows versions like 98, ME, XP, and older Windows Server editions -- old Windows OS versions that have themselves reached end-of-life (EOL) All components and motherboards reached (EOL) years ago, and Intel stopped delivering firmware updates as a result. Its website was merely hosting the older files for convenience.

Hardly the first time a big name has purged old files, but just a reminder that even freely redistributable files need archiving.

Comments

  • edited November 19

    Intel recommends that users of BIOS Update [BLH6710H.86A] 0163 uninstall and/or discontinue use as soon as possible

    How silly. Let's throw out some more Pentium !!! machines made unusable after Intel told us to remove the BIOS!!!

    Intel has already removed all of the drivers. The oldest graphics driver now on their site for Windows XP is from 2013. The search filter no longer recognizes any older OSes.

    M$ will probably pressure them to remove the Windows 7 drivers in a couple of years.

    Someone uploaded all of the legacy Intel graphics drivers to archive.org:

    https://ia801401.us.archive.org/view_archive.php?archive=/29/items/intellegacygraphics/IntelLegacyGraphics.zip

  • Yep, they removed the drivers already. I have an Intel desktop motherboard (Pentium 4) that I just recently installed Windows 98 on and it was a huge pain finding the drivers for it because Intel removed all the old ones. I scavenge drivers scattered across the web and it took a few hours to find them all. Things like this are why I have my own driver repository on my network. Once I download them, I never delete them. I've been working on a website that will host both drivers and discontinued patches and hotfixes as I come across them.

  • Guess Intel thinks that anything older than the Core 2 series isn't worth bothering with at all, despite the fact that old Pentium III and 4 machines can still be used for normal tasks.

  • edited November 19

    Why do you say "despite"? I think it's "because". All these drivers together are something like 10-100TB. If even that. It's one server. ONE. Do you really think it's worth purging for the sake of saving money?

    No, the idea is obviously to make old machines unusable.

  • I'm honestly surprised vendors these days don't remove files the second a product falls out of "support". Just to force you to buy all new stuff.

    It sounds like this time they are bitching about the "security" of old update files that now probably have known issues. They probably have some dick headed lawyer making waves.

    Other times, like when HP removed a bunch of printer drivers, it was because they included licensed material from some third party and that distribution license expired.

    Of course what will happen is all the drivers will get sucked on to one of those spammy driver sites.

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