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Windows 7: Win7 + Z390 Aorus WiFi, can't find wireless drivers!

13 Nov 2019   #1
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Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Win7 + Z390 Aorus WiFi, can't find wireless drivers!

Hello, magicians of the intertechs!

After some patience guidance from all y'all, I've managed to install Win7 Ultimate on a Z930 Aorus Wifi Pro board.
It's working very well, except for the wireless network card:


According to driveridentifier dot com, the card is an Intel Wireless AC 9560, but I couldn't find any drivers that would work on Win7.

Could any of you point me in the right direction?
Thank you very much for your time!

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13 Nov 2019   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64

Unfortunately, this is one of the many downsides of using Windows 7 in 2019; driver manufacturers dropping support for older OS:es.
You could try installing the Windows 10 drivers anyway (if the installer allows it), but having incorrect drivers may lead to system instability. In worst case scenarios, if you really want to get WiFi working, and the installer won't let you install the driver, you can often forcibly install it.
Either way, there's not much you can do to get proper Windows 7 support, unfortunately.
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13 Nov 2019   #3

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring


this Intel link quotes it, nicely hidden away

IT Administrator Links for Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Software

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13 Nov 2019   #4
Fox Modem

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Thanks, guys.

Roy, I've downloaded the packages from the Intel website. It turns out that the Win7 version (21.40.2) doesn't support that specific card. The Win10 version does (I checked the .inf file for the Hardware ID), but Win7 says it can't find any compatible drivers in that folder when I select the mentioned .inf during a manual update (after selecting the "Have disk" option).

I futzed about with the .inf files and kinda got it installed (now it shows in the device manager under network adaptors, %NIC_9560_2x2_AC% #4). However, there's an yellow exclamation mark and the device doesn't work (it says there's an invalid install section in the .inf file).

Maybe I'm missing an entry for this hardware in the vwifibus.sys file...

But now I'm in way over my head, so I guess I should start looking for other solutions.
Do you guys know if a PCI adapter (5GHz) would have working drivers for this chipset?

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13 Nov 2019   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I futzed about with the .inf files..Maybe I'm missing an entry

i think that is Netwtw06. The newest for win7 I have previously come across is Netwtw04. It is in Atak's image_updater.

To save you downloading the entire windows_7_image_updater, you could look at the drivers and infs in atak's Intel Wireless pack - link in next post.
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13 Nov 2019   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Those are for win7x64

IN addition, this win7x64 driver has support for 9260 in the inf section - maybe the inf entries from that will be a guide

By comparing the Netwsw02.INF from atak's pack and the Netwsw02.INF in drp link, there are a lot of entries for
9260- e.g


FeatureScore    = 0xFF
Include         = netvwifibus.inf
Needs           = VWiFiBus.CopyFiles
DelReg          = DelReg_Common
AddReg          = Reg_Common, Reg_Common_WIN7_64, Reg_9260_AC_2x2_HMC, Reg_NDIS_WIN7_64, Reg_LCP2, Reg_NDI, Reg_NDI_LCP2, Reg_NDI_AC, Reg_NDI_BTHS
Characteristics = 0x84; NCF_HAS_UI, NCF_PHYSICAL
BusType         = 5; PCI bus
CopyFiles       = CopyFiles_Driver_WIN7_64
*IfType = 71             	; IF_TYPE_IEEE80211
*MediaType = 16          	; NdisMediumNative802_11
*PhysicalMediaType = 9   	; NdisPhysicalMediumNative802_11

Include         = netvwifibus.inf
Needs           = VWiFiBus.PnPFilterRegistration
AddReg          = MSI_NDIS.reg

Include         = netvwifibus.inf
Needs           = VWiFiBus.Services
AddService      = NETwNs64, 2, NIC_Service_WIN7_64, Common_EventLog_WIN7_64


;Device WIN7_64

%NIC_9260AC_2x2_HMC% = Install_MPCIEX_GENM2GNSS_9260_AC_2x2_HMC_WIN7_64_AC    ,   PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_9DF0&SUBSYS_00108086 ; AC

; =========================
; Registry settings by SKU
; =========================


; DestinationDirs



Netwsw02.sys = 1,,
Netwfw02.dat = 1,,

DefaultDestDir = 11 ; Windows\System32

PROVIDER_NAME              		="Intel"
COMPANY_NAME               		="Intel Corporation"

NIC_9260AC_2x2_HMC 		="Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 9260"

NIC_AdapterModel_9260AC_2x2	="Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 9260"

NIC_DriverDesc_9260AC_2x2		="Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 9260"
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13 Nov 2019   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Do you guys know if a PCI adapter (5GHz) would have working drivers for this chipset?
Maybe this guy knows something
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