Wireless drivers issue


England, United Kingdom
Hi guys,

I recently purchased a laptop and downgraded it to Windows 8. I intend to upgrade to 8.1 on this machine, and so far everything works perfectly apart from one thing. I have a whole load of drivers in device management related to wireless networks that I can't install because I'm assuming my hardware is too new to support them. These are as follows:
  • network controller
  • pci data acquisition and signal processing controller
  • pci device x4
  • pci simple communications controller
  • sm bus controller
  • unknown device x5

I've already searched on Intel and found that the only drivers are for Windows 10. I believe these would probably work, but Intel have annoyingly blocked you from installing them on any OS other than Windows 10. I have found others for Windows 8, but these are for other hardware and mine is for the Wi-Fi 6 AX200 series.

Now I'm wondering whether it's going to be possible to replace the wireless adapter with another hardware component that does allow use of Windows 8 drivers (I've found a few on Intel's website). Unfortunately I don't really know enough about hardware to know if what I'm trying to do would adversely impact on any other components in my machine or not. So could anyone tell me if my below specifications should be compatible with any of the following drivers that are compatible with Windows 8:

  • Intel® Tri-Band Wireless-AC 18265
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
  • Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160

Or does anyone have any idea of any that may work better with my specifications and setup? Thank you very much.

System specification:

Ultranote Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD IPS 60Hz 72% NTSC LED Widescreen (1920x1080)
Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor i5-10210U (1.6GHz, 4.2GHz Turbo)
16GB Corsair 2133MHz SODIMM DDR4 (1 x 16GB)
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS (CPU Dependant) - 1.7GB Max DDR4 Video RAM - DirectX® 12
1TB PCS 2.5" SSD, SATA 6 Gb (520MB/R, 470MB/W)
Ultra Slim 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
1 x 40W AC Adaptor
Ultranote Series 4 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (2.4 Gbps) + BT 5.0
1 x USB 3.2 GEN 2 PORT (Type C) + 1 x USB 3.2 GEN 1 PORT + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS
10th Generation Intel Processor Support

Supports DDR4 2666MHz
2 x Modules
Maximum Supported Memory 32GB

1 x 7mm, 2.5" S-ATA HDD support
M.2 Port 2 x M.2 Ports (1st for WLAN, 2nd for SSD M.2 2280 Card with SATA / PCIe Gen3 x4 interface)
Wireless LAN 802.11ax/ac/b/g/n (M.2 Interface)
Bluetooth V5.0 module support

6-in-1 Card Reader (MMC / RSMMC / SD / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC)
LAN 1 x RJ-45 jack
USB 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Port (Type C), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
Display 1 x HDMI OUT Port, 1 x VGA Port
4 Cell Lithium-Ion battery (41WH)

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    2.90 Ghz
    8 GB DDR3
    Internet Speed
    Really bad
    Internet Explorer 11
    Malware Bytes Pro/Microsoft Defender