Silent Installation of Intel® WiFi Driver and Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software Version 15.6 or Later

Last Reviewed: 08-May-2017
Article ID: 000005730

A silent install provides a method of installing system drivers and software for the corresponding Intel® Wireless Adapters without user intervention.

Note The following information is intended for IT administrators, resellers, and integrators. You should have an advanced level of knowledge in information technology. The information is not intended for use by end users.

Silent installation process overview

Use the silent installation process to install only the driver or both the Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and the driver.

Install the driver only

Use 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 the program works only for Intel® Wireless Adapters. When you run the IProDifX application after cancelling PnP hardware wizard, the application 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. It then installs the driver automatically.

Install Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and the driver

Use the Microsoft Windows* Installer package (.MSI) or the Setup.exe with the setup XML file. The .MSI install point is only recommended for IT administrators who have a strict mandate to only use MSI files for Group Policy/Active Directory in the Enterprise environment.

Setup.exe sits in front of the .MSI files and will read the configuration file (setup.xml) and will launch the PROSet .MSI with the command line parameters selected. Each setup.exe must reside in the same folders as the files that it is installing.

To use the silent installation switches, you must download the zip files from Download Center.

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

MSI packages

The following MSI packages are included:

  • Driver.msi: Contains the WiFi Driver MSI package
  • BTHS.msi: Contains the Bluetooth® High Speed MSI package
  • WiFi.msi: Contains the WiFi MSI package. It contains Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software for WiFi which includes:
    • API (Stack)
    • Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT) API
    • Tools
    • Intel® PROSet/Wireless Enterprise Software (v17.0 or earlier)
  • PROSetEnterprise.msi (v17.1 or later)

Setup.exe command line

Command line support for setup.exe is for basic functions only. All previous setup.exe command line functionality is still available in the setup.xml file.

Option Parameters Description
-?   Displays information and help for setup.exe
-c or -config <name of configuration in setup.xml> Runs with this configuration instead of the default configuration in the setup.xml
-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)

Using Setup.xml

The default configuration is read if a configuration is not set on the command line.

Default Configuratioin

Setup.xml configuration tags

The default configuration is read if a configuration is not set on the command line.

Setup.xml tag 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 install 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 OEM specific settings are set here.

Example of the Selectable Features tag

Displays both the Intel® My WiFi Technology and Intel® PROSet/Wireless Enterprise Software.


<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_Driver” Display=”no” Selected=”yes” />
<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_BTHS” Display=”no” Selected=”yes” />
<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_Software” Display=”no” Selected=”yes” />
<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_MWT_Software” Display=”yes” Selected=”yes” />
<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_UI” Display=”no” Selected=”yes” />
<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_PROSet” Display=”yes” Selected=”yes” />
<SelectableFeature Id=”WIFI_Admin_Toolkit” Display=”no” Selected=”yes” />


Intel® PROSet/Wireless Enterprise Software

Setup.exe localization

  • Setup.exe is localized in the same languages currently localized.
  • Child MSI install UI is not localized.
  • Child MSI UI is not exposed unless the Enterprise IT only takes an MSI. In this case, only English is used as the Installer UI. Localization of the other applications and driver is not affected.
  • The Unified Installer UI is fully localized and preferred in nearly every conceivable customer-facing Use Case.
  • The UI elements embedded in the component MSI’s is suppressed when using the new UI. Examples: Driver MSI, BTHS MSI.
  • The embedded UI is not localized if an IT organization specifically runs the install components separately. It allows the MSI UI to be surfaced.


Note Setup.exe reads setup.xml and then calls msiexec to install each of the .MSI files.

When using .MSI only (no setup.exe), install them in the following order with their .cab files:

  • Driver.msi – contains the WIFI_Driver feature
  • BTHS.msi – contains the WIFI_BTHS feature
  • WiFi.msi – contains everything under the WIFI_Software feature
Feature Title
WIFI_Driver Intel® WiFi Link Driver
WIFI_BTHS Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software for Bluetooth® + High Speed
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


Note Find the .msi files in the data directory. Example: \Win7Plus\Win64\Install\data


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Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software IT administrator links
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