3 Replies Latest reply on May 12, 2016 10:13 AM by Intel Corporation

    Windows 10 Professional 32-bit Drivers & Software

    Travis

      Is there a foolproof way to run-down all the Intel drivers & software needed to totally update a new Dell computer after a clean Windows 10 Professional (32-bit) install?  The drivers Dell provides on their website are nearly outdated by the time the computer rolls off of the assembly line so I don't even bother with them.  I can't seem to efficiently find everything I need by using the standard search tools provided on the Intel support site.  For instance, I have an i7 Haswell CPU with a Z87 8 Series C220 chipset which is configured with an integrated Dell OEM Hynix 256GB mSATA SSD as my boot ("C") drive and 2 - 2TB Seagate SATA drives in a RAID 1 configuration as the "D" drive. As such, I need the latest versions of the following:  the main Chipset INF files, Rapid Storage Technology drivers (to include one that works correctly with the SSD as well as the RAID) and the AMT HECI / MEI drivers (or program) just to name a few.  Try as I might, I can't find a good way of landing in one single place where I can be guaranteed that all of the latest versions of these things (for 32-bit Windows 10 Pro in my case) are all neatly collected in one location, so that I don't have to go on multiple wild goose chases to find them.  Is there not some secret way to do a search and have everything needed to update all of the Intel hardware on a given computer end-up in one convenient place, so that all you have to do is simply download and install everything in one fell swoop?  Maybe I'm missing something here but it's been like a high-tech scavenger hunt trying to find all of the required items and then verifying that what I have is the most up-to-date version available.  And yes, I downloaded and installed the latest version of the Intel Driver Update Utility but all it managed to find was the Chipset 'INF' files program and at that it told me to verify that I had the correct version (you would think it would do that automatically).  It totally ignored the other software that I mentioned above, which is what (I would think) it really needed to identify and locate.  One glance at the Windows Device Manager shows multiple "bangs" that need updated drivers to operate properly but they're an almost impossible chore to run-down.  I would greatly appreciate knowing if there's an easy (and intuitive) way to do this.  In short, all necessary & required drivers and programs for a particular chipset and CPU should be collocated in one convenient place.

      As a final note, it was a real nightmare trying to get the SSD configured as the boot drive with the SCSI option enabled in the BIOS (it went off without a hitch when I had it set to AHCI but then it wouldn't allow me to later configure the other 2 SATA hard drives in the RAID 1 array).  I had to use the EaseUS Partition Master program to first manually partition and then format the SSD before Win 10 Pro could be successfully loaded on it in SCSI BIOS mode; after I finally got over that obstacle the other 2 SATA drives fell into place in RAID 1 just like they should have to begin with, but perhaps that observation should be posted elsewhere.  It's just unbelievable that you would have to jump through that many hoops to configure a SSD boot drive followed by a 2-disc RAID 1 setup...

        • 1. Re: Windows 10 Professional 32-bit Drivers & Software
          allan_intel

          Intel recommends contacting the computer manufacturer to obtain customized drivers because our generic drives may not work properly for your system model. You may miss graphics or other components features included on Dell's drivers.

          Please try Dell download page:Drivers & Downloads | Dell US

           

          You could also try searching drivers manually at Dell site or Intel searching for Graphics drivers, Intel(R) Management Engine Interface, INF, etc.

           

          Drivers & Software

          • 2. Re: Windows 10 Professional 32-bit Drivers & Software
            Travis

            Please note the 2nd sentence of my post, which didn't get there by accident:

            The drivers Dell provides on their website are nearly outdated by the time the computer rolls off of the assembly line so I don't even bother with them.
            I've been working with Dell computers now for over 20 years so I know a little bit about the driver support they offer; it is always lagging.  If I (and many others whom I've observed here) choose to "take our chances" with using much newer so-called generic or "reference" drivers which Intel posts (and tends to keep reasonably well updated) then that's up to us.  All I (and many others) are clamoring for is an easy and coherent way to find them in one place according to the hardware (CPU, chipset, network cards, etc) we have on our motherboards.  There is obviously a reason that Intel puts these things out here; we simply want to be able to acquire the very latest versions of what we need, gathered together so that we don't have to do individual searches for each one.  It would seem logical that if the Driver Update Utility truly worked as advertised, it would analyze the system its run on and then go out and find all the latest required drivers and software for every Intel component which is present on a given motherboard, rather than the hit & miss way that even the latest version (2.5.0.22) tends to do now.  We are the customers who have invested a ton of money in Intel products, after all, so that's hardly too much for us to ask...

            • 3. Re: Windows 10 Professional 32-bit Drivers & Software
              Intel Corporation
              This message was posted on behalf of Intel Corporation

              Intel does not offer drivers for Dell computers. Drivers posted at Downloadcenter.intel.com are generic, they may or may not work for your computer model.
              Did you try searching drivers at https://downloadcenter.intel.com?

              Were you able to search for drivers manually?

              Allan.