Intel has published a new set of drivers for Windows 10 and Windows 11. The drivers were published earlier this week and have just started rolling out to users running Intel’s assistant tool in the background. The focus of the new release is on wireless network quality.
Unlike the previous driver update, which addressed bugs related to Blue Screen of Death and other deadlocks, Intel is focusing on connectivity issues with today’s update. As per the changelog, this is the first release that includes fixes for Intel’s new product category (Wi-Fi 6E AX411).
It’s also worth pointing out that Intel drivers updates are initially offered via the company’s update tool. The new drivers are not available for everyone and the chipmaker will begin pushing the driver to more devices or configurations in the coming weeks once the driver has been tested on newer hardware.
Wi-Fi driver changelog
Intel says the latest Wi-Fi driver for Windows 10 and Windows 11 addresses a bug that causes Wi-Fi connection timeout. This can happen due to the Access Point channel switch request.
Another bug where some wireless adapters may not connect to WPA/AES wireless profile has been fixed in this release. Intel has also enabled support for Windows 11 in the company’s PROSet/Wireless Software.
Intel PROSet/Wireless Software 22.100.1 includes functional and security fixes, and the company says users should update to the latest version as soon as possible.
Intel is rolling out the driver update for the following adapters:
- AX201, AX200, 9560, 9260, 9462, 9461
- 8265 and 8260.
- 7265, 3165 and 3168.
As always, only supported hardware will receive the update. To check eligibility, open the Device Manager, select and the “Network adapters” branch. If your device adapter is listed in the above list, you’ll be able to apply new drivers to your system.
Bluetooth driver changelog
Intel has fixed an issue where low sound quality could be observed when using certain Bluetooth soundbars during a voice call. Another bug that affects the music streaming quality of certain AAC headsets.
According to the release notes, Bluetooth driver has also been updated to include functional and security updates.
How to get the update
Windows 10 or Windows 11 allows you to manage your device drivers. If you don’t like Windows Update, you can use Device Manager and Intel’s Driver & Support Assistant tool to deploy drivers on your own.
Microsoft and Intel will also release these drive through Windows Update in the coming months, but this will entirely depend on your OEM.
Depending on your OEM, automatic rollout can take some time. Fortunately, Intel has created a simple tool that lets you download the drivers easily.
To get the new driver updates, follow these steps:
- Install and run Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool from here.
- Open the Update Assistant tool and complete the setup.
- Open Intel’s update tool from the system tray and check for updates.
As we mentioned at the outset, drivers can take up to a couple of weeks to fully roll out and they may not appear in Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA).
If you don’t see the driver update when you run Intel’s Assistant, you can also manually download the driver packages.