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FAQ: Intel® Ethernet driver and software versions

How can I tell if I already have the latest driver?

The version number on the Intel® network software downloads are different than the installed driver versions. What do the version numbers on the downloads mean?

How can I find out more about the driver versions in the latest software release?

Why do you frequently release new Intel® Ethernet software?

Why are there so many different driver versions inside each of the software downloads?

How can I tell which software collection version I have installed?

How can I tell if I already have the latest driver?
You can use the Intel® Driver Update Utility to figure out if your drivers are up-to-date. The utility works well for retail products, but some of the devices with "Intel" in the name are components supported by computer system manufacturers. If you have one of the devices supported by the computer system manufacturer, the utility might not identify the device as an Intel device. For these adapters, download the manufacturer software that was validated with your system.

You can manually find your drivers and software in Download Center if Intel® Driver Update Utility does not work for you.

The version number on the Intel® network software downloads are different from the installed driver versions. What do the version numbers on the downloads mean?
The version number on the files you download are a release number that represents a collection of drivers and software for Intel® Ethernet adapters. The release version number does not exactly match any of the version numbers for the individual files. The release version number is a convenient way to reference the latest collection of drivers and software.

How can I find the driver versions for the latest software release?
If you need more details about the driver versions, you can check the historical driver and software version numbers table. The table lists the driver versions for the most recent software releases. Driver version numbers for older software releases are not included in the table.

Why do you frequently release new Intel Ethernet software?
The reason there are so many software releases is because Intel is constantly adding support for new products. Most of the time, there is no reason to install a new software release for Intel Ethernet adapters because there were no changes made that would have a significant effect on your experience. The biggest exception is when you buy a new Intel Ethernet adapter. When you install a new adapter, you cannot use software versions that are older than the adapter.

Why are there so many driver versions inside each of the software downloads?
The software collections have drivers and software for many adapter families. Each family of adapters require their own unique drivers. Different NDIS* driver versions require different versions of Windows. When you download and run the file, Windows* uses information files to assign the correct drivers and software, and installs them automatically. If the driver version for your Intel Ethernet adapter does not change, then you are using the latest driver for your adapter.

How do I find the version of the drivers and software collection I have installed?
If you have Intel® PROSet installed, look on the Link Speed tab of your network adapter properties for the version number. The version number of Intel PROSet closely matches the version release number of the collection. Sometimes Intel PROSet has a longer number, but the first digits match. For example, Intel PROSet, version 14.5 .1.0, was part of the version 14.5 release.

Related topics
Where is Intel® PROSet and what is it?
How do I identify my Intel® Network Adapter and drivers?
What is new in the latest Intel® Ethernet Software release?
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This applies to:

Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT2 Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710 Series
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XL710 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I210-T1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-LR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-T2
Intel® Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter
Intel® Gigabit EF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET2 Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 Intelligent Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 M Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Intel® PRO/100 VM Network Connection
Intel® PRO/100+ Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Management Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 CT Network Connection
Intel® PRO/1000 F Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 GT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 GT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter (LX)
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PM Network Connection
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 T Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 T Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100B Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE CX4 Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter

Solution ID: CS-030901
Last Modified: 10-Sep-2014
Date Created: 20-Sep-2009
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