Hi, I have a Dell Inspiron 7560 with an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 Wifi adapter with driver version 18.104.22.168.
I keep getting update alerts announcing there is an update available (22.214.171.124) but when I run this, it fails because the embedded driver version for the 3165 driver is the SAME as that installed (126.96.36.199). Then next day I get the same update alert again.
Can anyone help please to stop this "loop"?
Thanks for posting.
Assuming you're using Windows 10*, the latest driver version for Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 is 188.8.131.52 and can be downloaded here:
- https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005559/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking.html Download the Latest Driver for Your Intel® Wireless Adapter
Where exactly are you receiving the update alerts and what Windows* version are you using?
The Wireless packages actually contain multiple drivers for the various supported wireless devices. These drivers have their own version number and these are maintained separate from the overall package. Suppose a single driver needed to be modified. In this case, the updated build of the driver would be added to the package with the existing builds of the other drivers. Only the version number for the updated driver and the overall wireless package change in this case. Now, this creates a problem. Windows Update knows that the package has been updated and wants to install it. When this happens, if the driver needed for your system is not the one that was updated, then the install fails because the right driver is already on the system. Intel has this problem in a bunch of their driver packages, including that for Ethernet and HD Graphics. They are working out how to handle this better.
So, what do you do in the meantime? Best thing to do is, after the package install has been attempted once, hide this package so no further attempts are made to update it. It's a pain in the a$$, but there is no other alternative currently (Intel is working on it; I just wish they would work faster)...
Thanks for your reply and direction to new package.
Download the package (20.30.1) and noted that the driver version for my Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 was 184.108.40.206.
Ran the update and found my driver updated from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168.
The notification seem to be coming from the Dell Update Package process (DUP). I am using Windows 10 Home version 1709.
Alas, when the notification came up again, it listed the "important update" as version 22.214.171.124 - this presumably is the "package version" rather than the individual driver.
So unfortunately i'm still stuck in this "loop".
The drivers provided by the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) are usually different from the generic drivers available at our download site, which seems to be causing the notifications.
We recommend to perform a clean driver installation using the driver suggested by Dell Update Packages*. You can find detailed instructions on how to perform a clean driver installation here:
- https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000022173/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking.html Clean Installation of Wireless Drivers
If the issue persists, please http://www.dell.com/support/incidents-online/us/en/04/contactus/dynamic contact Dell* support in order to get assistance for their update tool.
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Let us know i there's anything else we can do for you.
Did a clean uninstall and then installed the Dell Update Package: Intel 3165 7265 8260 8265 Wi-Fi Driver, 126.96.36.1990, A00.
Seemed to run through ok and it loaded the driver version 188.8.131.52.
Then, an hour later along comes the Dell SupportAssist notification for an "update" with version 184.108.40.206 again and sure enough this fails.
I'll get in touch with Dell to try to stop this nonsense.
Thanks again and Regards