Thanks for answering, Sandy.
What I typed into the search box was Intel 82566DC Gigabit Network Connection. It came back that there are currently no downloads available just like I showed in my original post. But then when I used that Driver Update Utility it showed the same driver which you gave me a link to, the Network Adaptor Driver for Windows 7.
Is that Network Adaptor Driver the same as this Intel 82566DC/a replacement for this Intel 82566DC?
The Vista Intel 82566DC Gigabit Network Connection will be replaced by the Network Adaptor Driver for Windows 7?
Do I have to uninstall the Intel 82566DC, or just go ahead and install the one for Windows after I have upgraded my Vista to Win 7?
Sorry I have so many questions but I am at a total loss about this driver business and scared of it to boot. I don't want to have spent the money to purhased Windows 7 and then have my computer completely messed up over a driver.
Sorry, I forgot to mention that my device manager and the Microsoft upgrade advisor both called this thing Gigibit Network Connection whereas you call it Gigabit Ethernet PHY, and to show you how little I know, if I were looking at these to me they would be two different drivers.
Thanks for writing back.
When upgrading Windows*, I suggest to do a clean installation by formatting your Vista* system. This way, you don't have to uninstall the old driver version since formatting wipes out everything in the drive. Make sure to back-up your data first.
But if you have to upgrade from Vista to Windows* 7, you will have to uninstall Intel Proset Software but no need to uninstall the 82566DC driver.
Gigabit Ethernet PHY - refers to the chip itself. It is called Gigabit Network Connection once installed on Windows* or to a computer system.
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I have to bother you again.
First of all, I have to do an in-place upgrade. You've thrown me a bit by saying I have to uninstall Intel Proset Software.
I've been doing a huge amount of reading, and also working with people on the Windows forum and no one has said anything about having to UNINSTALL any software before I can do an upgrade. I don't even know what Intel ProSet software is.
The Proset Software is a software used for managing the network card. Check if you have this software installed on your Vista system by using the search option. If you don't have it, so no need to uninstall. You may proceed to upgrade to Windows* 7 then download and install the driver.
I'm hoping to make contact with you again. I have now upgraded the computer discussed in this post to Windows 10. Would I need to again upgrade this intel driver?