Microsoft is preparing to launch the Windows 10 2020 update for PCs for production later this month, and Intel is rolling out new updates for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers on some devices, which are important for most Windows 10 laptops. These updates are available for all supported versions of Windows 10, including the November 2019 (1909) and May 2019 updates (version 1903).
Intel says the new driver is only available for specific types of adapters, and you may not see this update if you have an older version of the wireless adapter.
To determine whether a driver update is appropriate for your device, you need to open Device Manager, expand the branch of the network adapter, and find a model that is compatible with this update.
If you have the following adapters, you can install new drivers:
AX201, AX200, 9560, 9260, 9462, 9461
Version 126.96.36.199 of 8265/8260
Versions 7265, 3165 and 3168
Intel’s Wi-Fi driver updates have led to the following improvements:
Fixes a connection issue with Windows 10’s mobile hotspot feature.
Fixes a broken wire error that may occur when a device is connected to a specific access point.
Fixes an issue where the Wi-Fi network list is empty when a laptop is restored from sleep mode.
Solved the problem of audio caton when streaming online video.
Fixes an error that Bluetooth cannot turn on when exiting airplane mode.
Improved Wi-Fi performance on some channels.
Resolved the connection issue with the NETGEAR access point Nighthawk RAX80.
Another Intel Wi-Fi driver was resolved on Windows 10 causing a blue screen error.
Intel Bluetooth drivers bring the following improvements:
The update addresses several issues, including an important bug that may stop working if you use your Bluetooth device continuously for a long time, and fixes another bug that affects the performance of a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard.
This update also addresses the following bugs:
Fixes a bug where the Bluetooth mouse starts to lag when playing music.
Fixes an error with a Bluetooth headset connection, which can be stuck when streaming video online over Wi-Fi.
How to get updates:
Windows 10 uses Windows Update to automatically detect and install drivers. However, you may need to manually update your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers for a variety of reasons. For example, when you don’t get a driver update from Windows Update, or your OEM driver can’t be used.
Whatever the reason, Intel says you can use its support assistant tools to download and update device drivers. To update your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers, follow these steps to update them.
Download the Intel Driver and Support Assistant (iDSA) tool from here:
Double-click the .exe package and install the tool.
Follow the on-screen instructions to restart the computer.
From the system tray or notification area, click on Intel’s tool icon.
After you start the Intel Support Assistant:
Select the “Check new driver” option.
After completing the steps above, Intel’s tools will scan your device and, if your device is compatible, will let you install the update.
If you don’t see the update, check or double-check your wireless adapter model later.
Intel is expected to release another update for older wireless adapters later this year.