Preliminary Notes regarding Intel’s Chipset "Drivers"
The “Intel(R) Chipset Device Software” (formerly named “Intel(R) INF Update Utility”) seems to be the most overestimated “driverpack” for Intel Chipset system:
Only a minority of the Intel Chipset users know, that the on-board Intel Chipset devices are working fine without any “Intel(R) Chipset Device Software”. In various Forums you can read the advice to install the “latest Intel Chipset Drivers” as first and much important step after the installation of any Windows Operating System. Otherwise the users will never get a stable and performant system.
The reality is quite different:
- Although the Device Manager shows the information files as “drivers”, the “Intel(R) Chipset Device Software” doesn’t contain any real driver (= .SYS file), but just textmode (= .INF) files, which
- a) let the OS know, that for the related Intel Chipset Device a driver is neither needed nor available and
- b) gives the user the information, that the related device is an Intel one.
- None of the Windows Operating Systems needs the .INF files for a proper functionality.
- The Intel Chipset “drivers” don’t have any impact on the performance of the related system.
If you don’t believe me, please read >this< official statement from Intel regarding the importance and the function of the “Intel(R) Chipset Device Software”.
Here is the summary:
- The installation of any “Intel(R) Chipset Device Software” or their included INF files is only useful, if the Device Manager shows a yellow mark at an Intel (VEN_8086) device with a “missing driver”.
- Since the newest Windows Operating systems are able to detect and to name by their own all Intel chipset devices, which were on the market at the release of the OS, there is usually no need at all and no benefit for the users to install or update the Intel chipset device INF files (often named by mistake “Intel chipset drivers”).
- Only users with a brandnew Intel chipset (from 8-Series up for Windows 7, from 9-Series up for Windows 8/8.1) or a very old Windows OS should install the latest suitable *.INF files for their specific Intel Chipset Devices to get rid from the “missing driver” message within the Device Manager.
- Forcing the installation of a not required or already present Intel Chipset Device INF file (e.g. by using the " -overall" command) doesn’t make any sense, but will blow up the user’s registry and the Windows\inf folder with garbage (unused resp. unusable oemxx.inf files). Furthermore the forced installation of unusable drivers generally may overwrite actually in use other drivers and can cause degraded performance or a lack of features.
Download links to the latest
"Intel(R) Chipset Device Software"
(with installer or as “pure” *.INF files)
compressed by using WinRAR v5.xx/v6.xx
(last updated: 04/16/2022)
I. Latest Intel Chipset Device Software Sets (with installer):
A. For very old Intel Chipsets (usable up to 5-Series):
>Intel Chipset Device Software Set v188.8.131.520 WHQL< (>MIRROR<)
This Set is dated 08/17/2014 and the latest of the v9 development line, which had been designed for older Intel Chipsets and Operating Systems from XP up to Win7 (32/64bit).
Note: All included *.INF and CAT files have been compiled by Intel already in 2013 or earlier. That means, that the “drivers” (= *.inf files) themselves are much older than the package.
- >Intel Chipset Device Software Set v184.108.40.2060 WHQL< (>MIRROR<)
>Intel Chipset Device Software Set v10.1.19041.8307 WHQL (original Set with installer)< (>MIRROR<)
- This installer package is dated 02/18/2022 and contains the latest currently available *.INF files for modern Intel CPU Series from Skylake up. Thanks to Station-Drivers for the Set.
- The Set doesn’t contain any new INF files, updated were only the INF files for AlderLake CPUs (now v10.1.45.9).
- Although the INF files are much newer and created/updated at different dates, all of them have been misleadingly dated by Intel 07/18/1968 (if you want to know why, please read >this< and >this< post). Despite the misleading shown date this Set contains the latest available Intel Chipset Device INF files for all modern Intel chipsets from 100-Series up.
II. Latest “pure” Intel Chipset Device *.INF files for all Intel systems from 6-Series up (for manual installation):
For users, who know the CPU platform of their system and
a) want just the latest available Intel Chipset “Drivers” (= Intel Chipset Device INF files),
b) don’t want to search for them in different packages and
c) don’t want to get any bloatware installed (Software installer + not matching *.inf and *.cat files),
I am offering a new “All-in-One” package, which contains just the latest original Intel Chipset INF files (and the *.CAT files with the WHQL stamp).
Here are the download links:
AIO package dated 04/16/2022 with the latest original Intel Chipset Device INF files (all shown with the original wrong dates):
>Latest “pure” Intel Chipset Device INF Files v10.1 Series WHQL comp. at 04/16/2022 (for manual installation)< (>MIRROR<)
- Contrary to the official Installer Sets this AIO package contains the latest “pure” INF files for all currently available Intel Chipsets from 6-Series up.
- The included *.INF files have been finalized by Intel at different dates, but are misleadingly dated 07/18/1968.
- >Latest “pure” Intel Chipset Device INF Files v10.1 Series WHQL comp. at 04/16/2022 (for manual installation)< (>MIRROR<)
This is the easiest way to use this package:
- Run the Device Manager (if you see any yellow flagged devices, begin with them).
- Expand the Device Manager section (preferably “System Devices”), where the Intel Chipset Devices are listed. Tip: Many of them are shown with a name beginning with “Intel”.
- Right click onto the related Intel device and choose the options “Update Driver Software …” > “Browse my computer for Driver Software” and make sure, that the option “Include subfolders” is checked.
- Hit the “Browse” button and navigate into the root of the downloaded and unzipped package and hit “OK”.
- Hit “Next”.
If there is any newer/better INF file for the related Intel Chipset device within the package, you will get it installed (and nothing more!).
Don’t worry about getting a wrong “driver” installed. The OS Device Management knows the best, which INF file matches the related device and is newer than the currently in-use “driver”.
The offered RAR archives can only be extracted by using the new compression method of the latest WinRAR versions (from v5.00 up) or 7-Zip (from v1800 up).
Dieter (alias Fernando)