Silent Installation of Intel® WiFi Driver and Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software for Microsoft Windows 7* and Microsoft Windows 8.1*


Install & Setup



Silent installation overview

The silent installation method is for use by IT administrators to prevent user intervention while installing system drivers and software for the corresponding Intel® Wireless Adapters. The following describes the silent installation process for Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and/or drivers for Wi-Fi only.

Instructions to perform the silent installation method on Windows® 10 can be found here


This information is intended for IT administrators, resellers, and integrators who have an advanced level of information technology knowledge. This information is not intended for use by end users.

Install Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software and the WiFi driver

Required files:
Download the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software (includes drivers) package from the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and driver package for IT Admins. A PROSet/Wireless software package has the following filename format:

Ver: version of the package
Bitness: bitness of the Operating System

For example 21.40.5 PROSet/Wireless software package has the following filename:


Installation steps and details:
You can install the software using one of the following methods:

Using the WirelessSetup.exe with the setup.xml file

WirelessSetup.exe sits in front of the .MSI files, reads the configuration file (setup.xml), and launches the .MSI with the command line parameters selected. 

To install:

  1. Download and unzip the above mentioned zip file.
  2. Modify/customize setup.xml as needed.
  3. Run WirelessSetup.exe with the desired command line options.


Supported command line option for WirelessSetup.exe

Option Parameters Description
-?   Displays information and help for WirelessSetup.exe
-c or -config <name of configuration in setup.xml> Runs with this configuration instead of the default configuration in the setup.xml.
See Configuration tag below for further details.
-quiet, -q, -silent, or -s   Runs silently with no installer UI
-passive   Runs installer UI in basic mode with only progress bar
-norestart   Suppresses reboots during the installation
-forcerestart   Forces a reboot at the end of the installation
-log or -l <path and name of log file> Logs the installation(s)
-uninstall   Uninstalls the installation(s)


Customizing the setup.xml file

Default Configuratioin

Configuration tag

The default configuration is read if you don't set a configuration on the command line.
You may add additional configurations by defining more configuration tags into the Setup.xml.
   <Configuration Id="MyConfig">

        <SelectableFeature Id="WIFI_Driver" Display="no" Selected="yes" />

Save the Setup.xml and run WirelessSetup.exe -c MyConfig to install with the above configuration.

SetupFlags tag
Element descriptions:

  • UIMode tag exists for UI level setting. Examples: Full, Silent, Basic.
  • RebootMode tag exists to set the reboot mode. Examples: Suppress, Force.
  • MinBatteryLevel tag exists to set the minimum level for the battery check. If set to 0, the check is not done.
  • SelectableFeatures tag exists in the installation UI Custom Setup dialog box to enable feature selection and display option.
  • PackageProperties tag exists to set MSI custom properties to a specific MSI package. Enterprise IT and original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-specific settings are set here.

SelectableFeatures tag

You may hide a feature from the installer UI or make a feature install by default.
Here is an example, the Admin Toolkit is always installed (installed by default, not visible in the installer UI):


<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_Admin_Toolkit” Display=”no” Selected=”yes” />


Feature Title
WIFI_Driver Intel® WiFi Link Driver
WIFI_Software Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software
WIFI_MWT_Software Intel® My WiFi Technology
WIFI_UI Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software WiFi Connection Utility
WIFI_PROSet Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software Enterprise Software
WIFI_Admin_Toolkit Administrator Toolkit

Intel® PROSet/Wireless Enterprise Software


Using the Microsoft Windows* Installer package (.MSI) (Recommended only when there is a strict mandate to use MSI files for Group Policy/Active Directory in the Enterprise environment)

The MSI files can be found under the data directory in the above mentioned zip file.
Below are the MSI files included in the PROSet/Wireless Software package and should be installed in the following order:

  • Driver.msi: Contains the Wi-Fi Driver.
  • PROSetEnterprise.msi (v17.1 or later) : Contains the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Enterprise Software for v17.1 and later for Windows 7/8.1 only

You can also see how to install multiple MSI with Windows Installer’s Multiple-Package Installations, using msiexec 


Related topics
Installation for Intel® Wireless Bluetooth® Software
Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software IT Administrator Links
Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software Bluetooth®: zip Files IT