Is it one of these?
There are new drivers for them.
Thanks for the link, but (as explained below) my laptop's CPU isn't part of that list.
If you may recall the article I penned up last year: http://www.neowin.ne...rs-on-windows-8
Intel has marked the first-gen Core (Arrandale/Clarkdale) as legacy drivers, in the same way as they've done for all GMA chips. Officially, driver support for the last GMA drivers and the first-gen Core CPUs are via Windows Update only. However, the drivers they make available on Windows Update are essentially the same drivers for Windows 7, hence why modifying the INF as I've described above on Windows 7 drivers will work. As of this post, the latest driver version is 2993 whereas on Windows Update it's 2900.
And since these are Windows 7 drivers, I'm skeptical of them updating their codebase just to resolve driver crashes in Windows 8.1. They would have to issue another update for Windows 7 drivers, which would then carry forward for Windows 8 and 8.1. Just for the hell of it I tried modifying the drivers as you linked above, and adding in the device ID in the INF to force an install. The result wasn't pretty.
edit: Looks like Intel also struck off the second-gen Core chips from the supported list for Windows 8.1 drivers. Though considering the Pentium chips with HD Graphics 2000/3000 are supported, but the second-gen Core chips with the same integrated graphics isn't... I bet a INF modification could easily fix that.
Why is Intel only supporting drivers for just two years, when AMD and Nvidia go up to 4 years, or even double that in Nvidia's case?