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Intel releases Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates for Windows 10

But the update isn't automatic - here's how to download it

Intel has released an update for its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers on a select number of devices. These updates are available on all supported versions of Windows 10

Intel’s Wi-Fi driver update aims to remedy a number of connectivity issues plaguing Windows 10’s mobile hotspot feature. The update also addresses a bug that shows an empty Wi-Fi network list when a laptop awakens from sleep mode.

Other issues addressed in the update include a bug related to audio stuttering when streaming videos, Bluetooth not turning on when a user exits airplane mode and connectivity issues related to Netgear Access Point Nighthawk RAX80.

According to Intel, the new drivers are available for a select number of adapters. Users also may not be notified of the update if they’re using a different wireless adapter. To determine whether the driver update is available, users must open “Device Manager,” access “Network Adapters” and find the corresponding Intel adapter model number. 

Intel also released a new Bluetooth driver update for Windows 10 computers. The update should address several issues, including a bug where a Bluetooth device may stop working if used for a long period of time and one where the Wi-Fi connection impacts Bluetooth mouse or keyboard performance.

Though Windows 10 detects and installs drivers automatically through Windows Update, you may need to update the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers manually.

To do so, you can download the Intel Driver and Support Assistant tool, follow the on-screen instructions and restart your computer. After having done so, you can open the Intel Driver and Support tool and select the “Check For New Drivers” option to confirm you’ve successfully applied the updates.

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