I should add that when I try to install it manually, I am told that it is already up to date though the version I have installed is this: 188.8.131.5212
When I try to run some games they warn me that my graphics driver might not be up to date and it tells me I need the 3496 version. Also when I run the Intel Driver Update Utility, it tells me that my driver is out of date and gives me the 3496 version to download...and then I get the message saying it is not validated for my computer. I am very confused.
I have a Samsung 700z5c-s01a laptop running windows 7 (64-bit).
I am sorry you are having problems but let me help you.
Please try this driver:
If you get a notification message during the installation, it indicates that your computer manufacturer does not allow the installation of generic Intel video drives. You are required to install drivers from your computer manufacturer.
You may try to force the installation of Intel generic drivers by performing manual procedure, see here for instructions:
Here is the zip version of the video driver: