Intel Wireless Drivers, Software, and Installation
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This knowledge base article provides links to help you identify, install, and uninstall your wireless driver or software.
OEM-supplied versus Intel-provided generic software:
There is no need to update to the latest version unless you encounter issues that can be resolved with the newer version. Intel recommends that you obtain and use the software provided via your laptop manufacturer.
Intel is a supplier of laptop components and does not manufacture or sell complete laptop systems. The software provided by Intel below is a generic version. Each laptop computer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) may have altered the features, incorporated customizations, or made other changes to the software or software packaging they provide. The software provided has not been verified by your laptop manufacturer as to compatibility or other operation.
Intel-provided generic software:
There are two kinds of downloads available on download center for Intel® Wireless Adapters. There is a software package, which includes Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and wireless adapter drivers if you want PROSet to manage the wireless client, and there is just the wireless adapter drivers themselves if you want the Microsoft* operating system to manage the wireless client. When the PROSet software package is updated, the driver version for your wireless adapter may or may not be updated. The updates, patches, or fixes included in a new software or driver release may apply to the just software itself (PROSet) or it may apply to just one Intel® Wireless Adapter or to many Intel wireless adapters. Learn more about Intel® Wireless Adapter driver versions.
Intel or the laptop computer original equipment manufacturer (OEM) may not provide technical support for some or all issues that could arise from the usage of the generic software and drivers found on download center. Intel recommends that you obtain and use the software provided via your laptop manufacturer.
Uninstalling a driver is usually done as part of troubleshooting an issue. Uninstalling can help you isolate an issue to a specific driver loaded in the system. Some issues may be resolved by a simple software or driver update. Other issues may require a complete uninstall of the existing wireless software and drivers and then a fresh install of the latest software and drivers.