Why do Intel Wifi drivers not provide descriptions along with events in the Windows Event Log?
I have a "Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260" on Windows 10 64-bit running driver 18.104.22.168.
It is generating events in my Windows Event Log with a Source name of "NETwNb64".
Some example events that I am interested in have IDs of 5005, 5007, 5032, and 5035.
In the event log, they all say things like:
"The description for Event ID 5005 from source NETwNb64 cannot be found.
The following information was included with the event:
Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Element not found"
If you search for these events on Google, you will see many people have the same issue that they are missing a description in the event log.
If you are curious: yes there is a certain behavior that I witness from my Wifi adapter that accompanies these events, but my primary concern with this particular forum post is not that behavior. It is just to find out the descriptions of these events.
For some reason, Intel seems to have failed to provide what Microsoft calls a "Message File" along with their driver, and as a result, when it generates events, they have no human-readable description.
I find this baffling. Either they have explicitly chosen to omit this from their drivers, making it virtually impossible to determine the meaning of these events without contacting them, or they have somehow introduced a flaw in their driver packaging/distribution/install process that inadvertently omits it (which would be a pretty serious oversight).
I have contacted Intel support about this issue and to date they have not been able to provide me with the descriptions of the events. In fact, they assert that it is only Microsoft who can supply this information to me.
Now, Intel also provides its own Intel event log as part of PROSet, but (equally baffling) if you install the regular end-user drivers on Windows 10, their "Wireless Event Viewer" simply cannot be installed along with PROSet or the drivers, and this fact is very poorly documented on their support site. There is a mechanism of getting it working with the "IT Admin" driver distribution, but the events that I see in this Intel Wireless Event Viewer do not correspond in time or number to those in my Windows Event Log, so they do not help me. (They also provide very little information even though they do in fact have actual populated text descriptions).
So does anyone know what these events mean?