If drivers become corrupted or out of date, problems can arise,
especially after Windows 10 feature updates. This could lead to
crashes and stability issues because driver is a piece of
software that allows Windows 10 components to work together and
be recognised by peripheral.
Intel is now rolling out a new wireless driver update for
Windows 10 to fix system crashes and improve performance of
your system as well as the wireless connection.
Intel Wi-Fi driver version 21.120.0 update was released this
week, but it won’t immediately show up for everyone; Intel is
also taking its usual gradual approach to rolling out the
Based on the feedback from users, Intel will throttle the
release of Wi-Fi driver version 21.120.0, 126.96.36.199 or
188.8.131.52. Also, it is worth noting that this update is being
rolled out to select wireless adapters only, such as AX-20x.
Here’s the complete list of the supported adapters:
- Wireless-AC 95602
- Wireless-AC 94622
- Wireless-AC 94612
- Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) Desktop Kit2
- Wi-Fi 6 AX201
- Wi-Fi 6 AX200
- Wireless-AC 92602
- Wireless 7265 (Rev D) Family
- Dual-Band Wireless-AC 82652
- Dual Band Wireless-AC 82602
- Dual Band Wireless-AC 3168
- Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
The best way to check your wireless adapter model is to use
Microsoft’s built-in tool, Device Manager.
Go to Windows Search and look for ‘Device Manager’, and then
click on the first result. In Device Manager, scroll down to
“Network adapters” and click on it to expand the pane and view
the installed adapter.
What’s new in Intel wireless driver v21.120.0
As we mentioned at the outset, Intel has fixed several bugs
with this update, including an issue that could crash your
device with Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) when you reboot
Likewise, Intel has also fixed BSOD caused by the Intel
wireless driver itself. Here’s the full list of fixes and
improvements included in this release:
- BSOD caused by the Intel wireless driver.
- BSOD when you play games and enable Windows 10’s mobile
- BSOD when you reboot your device.
- BSOD on systems with Modern Standby.
- Fixes an issue where your device may fail to reconnect
to the Access Point.
- Fixes an issue where wireless LAN may fail on some
- Fixes random network disconnection certain hardware and
- Reduced performance when you resume the device from
Sleep mode on certain configurations.
- Wi-Fi network might disconnect when the system is idle or
when you’re streaming videos at 2.4 GHz wireless connection.
- General fixes, security fixes, and other improvements for
How to get the September 2020 driver update
Like Microsoft, Intel also appears to be taking the gradual
approach for the rollout of the driver update.
In other words, this driver is being offered in stages to an
increasing number of users beginning with those whose devices
Intel believes are the most likely to be compatible.
Also, it’s important to understand that you should not force
driver updates manually if your device is already functioning
smoothly. For those interested, you check for updates with
driver & support tool.