How to Install Intel Network Drivers in Windows

Intel's dedicated driver update utility comes to your aid

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Install Intel Network Drivers

If you have an Intel network adapter on the PC, you must install and regularly update the relevant drivers for seamless and error-free performance. Although Windows does a fine job at updating drivers, manually doing so helps get rid of a wide array of network and Internet-related issues.

Intel regularly releases updates for its drivers, both via the official website and Windows Update. So, getting the latest version of Intel network drivers won’t take more than a few minutes. Let’s see how you can do that!

How can I install Intel network adapter drivers in Windows?

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Although we have listed the steps to install/update Intel’s wireless network adapter drivers, the process remains the same for the Ethernet adapter driver. You need to locate the driver that is compatible with the available adapter.

1. Using Intel Driver & Support Assistant

You have a dedicated Intel Driver & Support Assistant (DSA), which automatically identifies any connected devices from Intel, lists the latest drivers, and facilitates quick installation.

Since it’s an official utility, Intel DSA is completely safe to use!

2. Via Device Manager

2.1 Automatically install the driver

  1. Press Windows + X to open the Power User menu, and select Device Manager from the list.
  2. Expand the Network adapters entry, right-click on the Intel adapter, and select Update driver.Install Intel Network Drivers on Windows 11
  3. Choose Search automatically for drivers and let Windows install the best locally available drivers
  4. Restart the computer to apply the changes.

Letting Windows automatically install the best Intel network adapter driver is quick and straightforward and, at the same time, reduces the likelihood of post-installation issues.

    2.2 Manually install the driver

    1. In the Device Manager, locate the Intel network adapter, right-click on it, and choose Update driver.
    2. Select Browse my computer for drivers.manually install network drivers
    3. Click on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
    4. Tick the checkbox for Show compatible hardware, then pick a driver from the list, and click on Next to install it.
    5. Once installed, restart the computer.

    Often, when the current version throws an error, you can manually install another Intel network driver in Windows, perhaps an older or generic (says Microsoft next to it) version.

    3. Via Windows Update

    1. Press Windows + I to open Settings, go to Windows Update from the left pane, and click on Advanced update
    2. Click on Optional updates.
    3. Now, expand the Driver updates section, tick the checkbox for the Intel network adapter driver, if one is available, and click on Download & install.Install Intel Network Drivers

    4. Via the manufacturer’s official website

    1. In the Device Manager, identify the Intel network adapter available on the PC.identify network adapter
    2. Now, open any search engine and search for the network adapter’s driver update. In my case, I had the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 160MHz Wi-Fi adapter. So the search query became, Update Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 driver.
    3. Next, go to Intel’s or your computer manufacturer’s official website from the search for driver
    4. Open the driver page and download the driver setup (.exe file). If it’s a compressed file (.zip), you will first have to extract the contents.
    5. Run the setup and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.Install Intel Network Drivers
    6. Restart the computer for the changes to come into effect.

    If you want to install the latest Intel network drivers on Windows 11 and 10, the best option is to manually search and download them from the official website.

    Although, you will have to be careful, as installing the wrong drivers can affect the network adapter’s functionality, lead to performance-related issues, or slow the Internet speed.

    5. Using a driver updater utility

    The safest and most straightforward option for installing Intel network drivers is to use an effective driver updater utility. A dedicated tool will automatically identify all network adapters and install the latest driver version available for each.

    Also, there are free driver update utilities, in case you don’t want to purchase a license just yet, but these lack in terms of functionalities.

    What can I do if Intel network drivers won’t install?

    If the Intel network drivers are not installing, these solutions will help:

    With these methods and tips, you can quickly install Intel network drivers, both Wi-Fi and Ethernet, and not run into any issues. Also, if you have another adapter, the steps to install network drivers in Windows 11 remain the same.

    Which method worked best for you? Share with our readers in the comments section.

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