Intel’s wireless driver for Windows 10 gets a huge update

Windows 10 wireless driver update

If drivers become corrupted or out of date, problems can arise,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
updated driver.

Based on the feedback from users, Intel will throttle the
release of Wi-Fi driver version 21.120.0, 20.70.18.2 or
19.51.30.1. 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.

Wireless adapter in 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
Windows.

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
      hotspot.
    • 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
      systems.
    • Fixes random network disconnection certain hardware and
      software configurations.
    • 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
    enterprise customers.

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
Intel’s
driver & support tool.

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