Since, my computer presents me with "The driver being installed is not validated for this computer", and Lenovo hasnt updated their drivers since 2017 and send me back to intel, and intel no longer lets me download a zip file of the driver, im basically screwed and can't update my drivers. Is that a reasonable assumption?
its better , download the drivers from Lenovo support site of your model , and install it
But if you want to try to install the generic driver made by intel , then the latest driver from intel and then
extract the downloaded .exe file using 7-zip software , and then go to device manager
follow the instructions on this intel website