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Intel Pro Network problem.

  1. #1


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    Vista Business 32 bits

    Intel Pro Network problem.


    Hi.
    I want to upgrade my old Vostro 400 running Vista to Win 8, but running the Win8 upgrading assistant i found the following uncompatibility among any other minor stuff:
    "Intel(R) PRO Network Connections 12.1.11.0"

    As far i know there are no new drivers available. Intel website refers to Dell and there is no Win 7 or Win 8 drivers for my desktop


    I've read that it could cause that the PC doesnt connect to the internet if i upgrade, but i don't know what can happen if i just make a clean installation of Win 8, like formating the Hard Drive.

    ¿What can i do? I'm willing to do that, but if i'm gonna have problems connecting to the internet. As i said i dont mind if i have to perform a clean installation
    Thank you very much.

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  2. #2


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    If you do a clean install, you will still need Windows 8 drivers.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Vista Business 32 bits


    I found that driver for Win8:

    http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Deta...ction&lang=eng

    ¿May it work?
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  4. #4


    That's a pretty basic networking card, I'd be very surprised if Windows 8 does not support it directly.

    Just to be safe, download the driver you found and keep it on a flash drive so if, after Win 8 install, there is no Win 8 driver then install it.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by HarryCallaghan View Post
    Hi.
    I want to upgrade my old Vostro 400 running Vista to Win 8, but running the Win8 upgrading assistant i found the following uncompatibility among any other minor stuff:
    "Intel(R) PRO Network Connections 12.1.11.0"

    As far i know there are no new drivers available. Intel website refers to Dell and there is no Win 7 or Win 8 drivers for my desktop


    I've read that it could cause that the PC doesnt connect to the internet if i upgrade, but i don't know what can happen if i just make a clean installation of Win 8, like formating the Hard Drive.

    ¿What can i do? I'm willing to do that, but if i'm gonna have problems connecting to the internet. As i said i dont mind if i have to perform a clean installation
    Thank you very much.
    What OS is your old laptop running? I have had success using a Vista driver in one case on my old HP laptop. If your old machine is on Vista, then maybe you could install a Vista driver downloaded from Dell using compatibility mode, but, of course, it would be better to have a solution in advance. You could always plan ahead to have a way to restore your current installation if driver finding does not go well.
    Last edited by znod; 18 Dec 2012 at 08:02.
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