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How do I perform a silent install of the Intel® PRO/Wireless Driver?

A silent install allows the network administrator to install system drivers for all currently supported Intel wireless adapters without end user intervention.

Note The following information is intended for IT administrators, resellers, and integrators, and an advanced level of knowledge in information technology is assumed. This information is not intended for use by end user.

Silent Installation Process Overview

The silent installation process uses the Microsoft* DIFx process. An application called IProDifX.exe installs and uninstalls the miniport NDIS driver. IProDifX.exe and the corresponding IProDifX.dll have the appropriate entries to perform the installation. Note that this program works only for Intel manufactured wireless network adapters.

When the IProDifX application is run after canceling the PnP hardware wizard, it installs the drivers. (The PnP dialog displays when the hardware is inserted into a system with an operating system without a currently installed appropriate Intel wireless LAN device.) After the driver is copied onto the system, the application triggers a rescan of the PCI bus to identify if a card is present and then installs the driver automatically.

Requirements for Silent Installation

  • Microsoft Windows XP*, Microsoft Windows Vista* or Microsoft Windows 7* (Microsoft Windows 2000* is supported prior to version 12.x only)
  • Can be used to install Wi-Fi drivers only
  • DPInst.exe, IProDifX.exe, and IProDifX.dll
    (These files are located in the respective driver folder (i.e. \Vista\v32\Drivers), available in the driver zip file on Download Center.)
  • The Intel® Pro/Wireless Driver file, version 13.x or later
  • netw5x32.sys file can be used for all Wi-Fi products except the ones noted below
  • The Intel® Pro/Wireless Driver file, version 12.x or later
    • netw5x32.sys file can be used for all Wi-Fi products except the ones noted below
    • w29n50.sys file for Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    • w29n51.sys file for Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
  • The Intel® Pro/Wireless Driver file, beginning with version 10.5.x and prior to version 12.x
    • w29n50.sys file for Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
    • w29n51.sys file for Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
    • w39n51.sys file for Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
    • netw4x32.sys file for Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (32-bit)
    • netw4x64.sys file for Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (64-bit)

Silent Installation Steps

  1. Place DPInst.exe, IProDifX.exe, IProDifX.dll, and the Intel® PRO/Wireless Driver file in the same folder on the system.
  2. From the command line, browse to the subdirectory where the IProDifX.exe file is located.
  3. From the command line, type IProDifX.exe /Silent.
  4. Reboot the system.

IProDifX Command Line Options

/Help - Displays the help message
/Silent - Installs or upgrades the driver silently
/Install - Installs the driver with a user interface (UI) - default option
/Remove - Removes the currently installed driver
/Reinstall - Reinstalls the current driver
/INFClear - Clears old INF files from system

Related topic
Silent installation of wireless components with Setup.xml (Intel® PROSet/Wireless 15.6.0 or later)

Operating System:

Windows Vista 64*, Windows Vista 32*, Windows 7 (32-bit)*, Windows 7 (64-bit)*, Windows XP *, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition*

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-028807
Last Modified: 09-Apr-2014
Date Created: 31-Jan-2008
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