Intel has now started rolling out new Bluetooth and WiFi drivers for Windows 10. Unlike the January driver update, this one comes with a series of critical bug fixes for Windows 10. For instance, an issue that leads to the Blue Screen of Death has been fixed in this patch.
Intel’s wireless driver update was published in the last week of February and it’s now available for download via Intel’s Support & Assistant Tool. This driver update also comes with multiple bug fixes and improvements for your wireless connection, especially if you rely on the 5Ghz networks.
As for new features, things haven’t changed and you’ll not see anything new after applying the update.
Intel’s February wireless driver update
This update is currently available for the following wireless adapters:
- Version 126.96.36.199 for Wi-Fi 6E AX210, AX201, AX200, Wireless-AC 9560, 9461/ 9462 and 9260.
- Version 188.8.131.52 for Intel dual-band wireless-AC 8265 and 8260,
Version 184.108.40.206 for dual-band wireless-AC 3165, 3168, and 7265 Family.
Understanding the wireless adapter currently installed on your computer is important before you try to install the update. To determine the wireless adapter version with Device Manager, follow these steps:
- Search for Device Manager in Start Menu.
- Expand the branch for “network adapters” to find the adapter version.
If you see one of the above-listed Intel adapters, then your device is eligible for the update. If you don’t, it’s possible that another update with identical bug fixes will be released for more adapters in the coming weeks.
Here’s what new and improved in this update:
- Intel has fixed an issue where your device might not stay connected to 5Ghz networks.
- This update also fixed an issue where the Windows 10 mobile hotspot might not work when your system is connected to an Access Point using channel 165.
- Fixes Blue Screen of Death errors.
- Improves performance and security.
In addition to the WiFi adapter update, Intel has also published bug fixes for Bluetooth.
According to the changelog, Intel has fixed audio issues observed during Microsoft Teams calls. The company has also resolved issues with Bluetooth mouse and driver security.
How to get the update
These new fixes will be delivered to users via Windows Update in the coming updates, but you can always use Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant tool to install it today.
To get the new drivers, follow these steps:
- Install Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool from here.
- Open the Update Assistant tool and check for updates.
- If you don’t see the tool in Start Menu, you can also access it from Windows 10’s system tray.
Remember that you should only download the new drivers manually when you’ve issues with the current version.