If Its not too much trouble could you take a look at this. The Versions do not match. What I have installed Listed in Add Remove Programs
Intel Driver Update Utility tells me the current driver installed is 18.104.22.168
Newer Driver available is 22.214.171.124
However when I download the file, save it, and right click properties and check the version it comes up 126.96.36.1994
Any Ideas ?
The version 188.8.131.524 is just a version number for the installer and is not related to the Intel(R) Network Connections version or the driver version. You can (and should) ignore this number.
The driver is one of the files that is just one part of the Intel Network Connections software release. The driver version never matches the Intel Network Connections version number. The Intel Network Connections major number, the number before the decimal point, is increased each year. This year we are on 16, and yours is 11. Therefore, yours was from 5 years ago, 2006.
The new "driver" version shown in the online utiltiy is really the newer version of Intel(R) PROSet for Windows Device Manager. Intel PROSet adds tabs to your adapter properties in Windows Device Manager to allow you to run diagnostics, provide help for configuratin settings, and to enable advanced network services.
Upgrades from very old versions of the software do not get tested and are blocked to help ensure that nothing bad happens when attempting to upgrade from a very old version. That is why you have to uninistall the version 11 network connections before you install the new version.
The latest base driver for your network connection is version 184.108.40.206. That is the driver version you will see in your device properties after installing the new package. If you look at the Link Speed tab after installing the new package, you will see the new Intel PROSet version, 220.127.116.11. The Intel Network Connections version in your programs list will also say version 18.104.22.168.
The file you have is the correct file for any 32-bit version of Windows, so you can proceed with uninstalling the old version and then installing the new version.
I hope this helps.