utilitie Question Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI/AMT) Version 2331.5.20.0

Hi, 
I'm confused with this driver version. Driver ranking according to Windows does install the 05/04/2023,2318.4.3.0 version but 04/18/2023,2316.5.0.0 seems to be included in the latest package.
I guess I let Windows choose the 'latest' version but would anyone comment on this, again Intel, versioning scheme?
Merci! :)

Intel(R) Management Engine WMI Provider

intel_mei_2331.5.20.0(station-drivers.com).zip
DriverVer = 04/18/2023,2316.5.0.0

intel_mei_2328.5.16.0(station-drivers.com).zip
DriverVer = 04/18/2023,2316.5.0.0

intel_mei_2321.4.31.0(station-drivers.com).zip
DriverVer = 05/04/2023,2318.4.3.0

intel_mei_2319.43.0(station-drivers.com).zip
DriverVer = 05/04/2023,2318.4.3.0

intel_mei_2307.4.12.0(station-drivers.com).zip
DriverVer = 01/08/2023,2303.4.2.0

 
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Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago #1761
The package may be different but certain versions of the included drivers may evolve or not 


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Replied by grimson on topic Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI/AMT) Version 2331.5.20.0

Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago #1762
So, the v5 is the latest? Intel does have a habit in versioning shenanigans ... my OCD is hurting ;)
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Replied by SM-003 on topic Intel Management Engine Interface (MEI/AMT) Version 2331.5.20.0

Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago #1764
@ grimson

Package version & drive version ain't the same .
To avoid confusions, you should always consider the driver date & version

The latest / current MEI driver=  2316.5.0.0 (18th April 23)

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Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago #1776
Please forgive me but I still have questions:

Windows Driver store:
Windows contains a driver store where you can add drivers. To add drivers to this driver store you can, as I do, right click the .INF file and choose 'install'. There are separate ways to add drivers to the driver store but that's not the issue here.
Keep in mind that drivers in the Windows driver store are only installed or used when Windows does detect the device and can match a driver from this driver store. The store can contain multiple versions of the same driver and Windows does select the 'best' driver due to driver ranking.  Overview of the Driver Package Selection Process   Driver Store Explorer [RAPR]

Updating driver store with drivers and windows driver ranking:
So, on multiple systems I tested the following:

Current driver installed:
Intel(R) Management Engine WMI Provider (MEWMIProv.inf)
DriverVer = 12/11/2022,2251.4.1.0

Newer drivers added to the Windows store (right click MEWMIProv.inf -> 'install')
Intel(R) Management Engine WMI Provider (MEWMIProv.inf)
DriverVer = 04/18/2023,2316.5.0.0
DriverVer = 05/04/2023,2318.4.3.0

Due to Windows driver ranking the selected driver is 05/04/2023,2318.4.3.0.
I can force the 04/18/2023,2316.5.0.0 version but this is normally not how it should be.
All other drivers are ranked 'correctly' and installed accordingly but only this MEWMIProv.inf driver is inconsistent with its versioning.

Installed driver selection:
DriverVer = 04/18/2023,2316.5.0.0
DriverVer = 05/04/2023,2318.4.3.0 -> Chosen one because ot the date or the major version number (2318)?I can see that 5.0.0 is higher than 4.3.0 but windows driver ranking and personally I find this 5.0.0 the 'older' driver. Again, due to date and the 'major' 2318  versioning number.

Ofcourse it's a minor thing but like many other people here I like to keep my drivers up to date to some extent but this caught my eye. It's not the first Intel driver shenanigans like the chipset drivers dating to 7/18/1968.So it's not really about who's right or wrong of what's the best driver (guess it doesn't really matter after all) but am I seeing things wrong here due to driver ranking and versioning?
Thanks again! 
 
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