How To Update Your Windows 8.1 Display Drivers WDDM 1.1
Download and Install Windows 8.1 Display Drivers WDDM 1.1 for Your Graphics Hardware
Do you want to improve your PC's performance and compatibility with your display device? If you are using Windows 8.1, you might need to update your display drivers to the latest version. Display drivers are software that enable your PC to communicate with your display device, such as a monitor, projector, or TV. Display drivers also support features such as resolution, color depth, refresh rate, and 3D rendering.
How to Update Your Windows 8.1 Display Drivers WDDM 1.1
Windows 8.1 supports two versions of display drivers: Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.2 and WDDM 1.1. WDDM 1.2 is the latest version of the driver model that was introduced with Windows 8 and offers several enhancements and optimizations for the display infrastructure. WDDM 1.2 drivers require a higher feature score than earlier WDDM drivers and support Microsoft Direct3D 11.1, GDI hardware acceleration, DirectX Video Acceleration (VA) High-Definition (DXVA-HD), and many other features[^2^].
WDDM 1.1 is the previous version of the driver model that was introduced with Windows 7 and supports Microsoft Direct3D 11, GDI hardware acceleration, Connecting and Configuring Displays, DXVA-HD, and many other features[^2^]. WDDM 1.1 drivers are compatible with Windows 8.1 but do not support all the features of WDDM 1.2.
In this article, we will guide you through the process of downloading and installing Windows 8.1 display drivers WDDM 1.1 for your graphics hardware. We will also show you how to check if your display driver is WDDM 1.1 or not and how to troubleshoot some common issues.
How to Download Windows 8.1 Display Drivers WDDM 1.1
The easiest way to download Windows 8.1 display drivers WDDM 1.1 is to use Windows Update, which can automatically detect and install the latest drivers for your device[^1^]. To check that automatic updating is on, follow these steps:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
Tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Windows Update.
Tap or click Choose how updates get installed.
Under Important updates, choose Install updates automatically (recommended).
If Windows Update does not find a suitable driver for your device, you can try to download it manually from the device manufacturer's website[^3^]. To do this, you need to know the model name and number of your graphics hardware and the version of Windows you are using (32-bit or 64-bit). You can find this information by following these steps:
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
Enter Device Manager in the search box, and tap or click Device Manager.
In the list of hardware categories, double-tap or double-click the category your device is in and then double-tap or double-click the device you want. For example, to see your video card, tap or click Display adapters, and then double-tap or double-click the video card name.
Tap or click the Details tab, and then select Hardware Ids from the Property list.
Note down the values that start with PCI\VEN_ and PCI\DEV_.
Once you have this information, go to the device manufacturer's website and look for a driver download section. Enter your device model name and number and select Windows 8.1 as your operating system. Download the latest driver for your device, and follow the installation instructions on the website. 04f6b60f66