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How to Update Intel Drivers

Methods for Updating Intel Drivers

Intel Driver & Support Assistant (IDSA): The Streamlined Approach

Get the Tool: Download the Intel Driver and Support Assistant from Intel’s website (https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/detect.html).

Run and Scan: Install and launch the tool. Let it scan your system to identify which Intel components need updates.

Automatic Updates: The IDSA will present you with a list of available updates. Select the ones you need and let the tool handle the installation.

Manual Download from Intel’s Website

Know Your Hardware: Figure out the specific Intel components you have (processor model, network adapter, chipset etc.). You can find this information in Device Manager or using system information tools.

Intel Download Center: Go to Intel’s Download Center (https://downloadcenter.intel.com/).

Filter and Search: Use the filters and search bar to find the specific drivers you need.

Download and Install: Download the latest driver installers and run them following the provided instructions.

Device Manager (Less Reliable for Intel)

Access Device Manager: Right click on the Start Menu and select Device Manager.

Locate Intel Devices: Expand categories like Processors, Network Adapters, etc, to find your Intel components.

Update Driver: Right click on a component and select Update Driver.

Automatic Search: Choose the Search automatically for drivers option (this finds older driver versions).

Windows Update (For Chipset Drivers and Basics)

Integrated Updates: Windows Update sometimes rolls out updates for core Intel components like chipset drivers or fundamental system drivers.

Checking for Updates: Go to your Windows Update settings and check for available updates. It’s worth a shot but don’t rely on it for all your Intel driver needs.

Advanced: Manually Updating INF Files

Not for Beginners: This method involves directly editing driver information (.INF) files. It’s generally meant for troubleshooting or when forcing a specific driver version that isn’t otherwise easily available.

How it Works: In Device Manager, you can right click a device and select Update Driver, then Browse my computer for drivers. Pointing it to a folder with the extracted INF files for a driver will force the installation.

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