Even on the desktop some manufacturers restrict graphics drivers. Mostly on business machines.
Of course, there are/were ways around these locks.
Originally Posted by Pawelr98
I have never used intel integrated GPU for anything other than simple daily tasks (laptops) or just running the computer itself (any GPU would do, It only needs to boot some commandline tools).
Usually I just install intel drivers once and forget about them.
I never demanded any real performance from those integrated GPU's.
Intel actually plans to be performance competitive with their next gen integrated graphics, which means having updated graphics actually matters now.
Originally Posted by mothergoose729
Why was there ever a thing? OEM drivers and driver managers are almost universally terrible.
Probably because HP/Dell/Lenovo don't want 1,000,000 customers complaining about blue screens after they update one of the most complicated driver packages a modern OS has to deal with. Not saying it's the right choice, but that's probably what they were thinking. Better it works(poorly) than it have the potential to not work at all, or remove a feature the OEMs huge bloat package somehow relies on.
Nowadays pretty much everything auto-updates, so holding back an update is more risky than ever. If windows forces a feature update and you are still running a driver that's a year+ old things could end up broken.