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Windows 7: Intel Wifi AC 9260 driver fir Win7 x32 x64

20 Jul 2018   #1

Win7pro x32
Intel Wifi AC 9260 driver fir Win7 x32 x64

Is there any solution to install an Intel wireless card 9260 in Win7 32 bit or 64 bit?

Had to change my 8265 card and now no Wifi anymore

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20 Jul 2018   #2

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

Get a USB wifi adapter for your computer. Any of these will probably be good:

I have this adapter:

It has worked well for me. One thing I like about it is that you can either plug it in directly to the computer, or you can use the little stand with the USB extension cable. The advantage of using the stand with the USB extension cable is that you can move the adapter around to get the best possible signal. If the adapter is plugged directly into the computer, the computer might block the signal.
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21 Jul 2018   #3

Win7pro x32

Thanks I know that I can always buy a completely different new solution, even replace by a 8265 would work.

Please answer only related to this topic if anyone found a working driver for it and would kindly link it or how to edit a driver to be accepted by this card.
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21 Jul 2018   #4

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

You can try this link:

Click on the Show More Tab if you cannot see what you are looking for.
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21 Jul 2018   #5

Win7pro x32

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iko22 View Post
You can try this link:

Click on the Show More Tab if you cannot see what you are looking for.
They are all for Win10x64 only!
Did this before.

Same problem has been with 8265, but for that someone found a working Lenovo-driver!
Thats why I am asking for a similar solution for 9260.
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26 Jul 2018   #6

Win7 pro x64

The below solution is NOT for the faint of heart, but you asked so I'm answering. This is the procedure I use to successfully get the newest HD630 graphics drivers (which are Win10 only) working within W7 on my system.

Download the ZIP file for the latest Intel wireless driver set for W7x64, which as you know works with the older intel drivers such as the 8265, yet excludes the 9260 since it is a W7 package. The "Drivers for IT Admins" page has it....

Download Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for IT Admins


after downloading, extract the contents of the zip file to a folder on your desktop.

find the file named netsw04.inf. This is the setup file which contains a script which will install the wireless driver onto various wireless adapters. The reason you cannot install this driver on a 9260 within w7x64 is because the specific "vendor and device ID" of the 9260 does NOT appear within this file, so we need to remedy that.

Open this file using notepad. Go down one page and find the "excludefromselect" section, then go down another 5 pages or so and find the "Device WIN7_64". Within each section you will see several dozen vendor/device IDs listed. You just need to modify a single line within each of these two sections in order to authorize your specific 9260 for installation. For instance, my system has an 8265 and its vendor/device ID is


which if you search, you will see is listed in both the Excludefromselect section, and in the WIN7_64 sections.

Now go into your control panel > device manager and right click on your 9260 wireless adapter. It may be listed as an Unknown Device at the bottom, or it may be in the network section. You may need to hunt around for it, but you know you've found it when you find a device with the DEV_2526 string as described below. Right click on the adapter's line, then select Properties, then Details, then under the word Property select Hardware IDs from the drop-down menu. At this point you will see 4 lines of data underneath. Right click the second line and then select copy. It will look something like this


(though the SUBSYS part may be different)

Now go back to the netsw04.inf file and find the two lines we were at earlier, the lines that contain the string for the 8265, which have the string


in them.

Overwrite them so that instead of saying
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_24FD&SUBSYS_10108086, they now say
PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_2526&SUBSYS_xxxxxxxx (I put x's there because I don't know what your specific SUBSYS numbers are).

Save the file. The script is now set up to allow this driver to install onto your 9260 even though you are running W7.

After saving it, right click on the file and select install. The script will check to see that you are running W7_64, which you are, then it will check to see if you have a 9260, which you do, and it will install the driver. Hopefully
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27 Jul 2018   #7

Win7pro x32

Thanks a lot for this very good and detailed explanation!
I will try and report back whether I got it working for Win10x32 and Win7x32.
Probably I may try to go a bit deeper to show correct adapter name too.
And same problem like you with HD630, there I can use this solution in a similar way.

Just allow one more question: whats the difference between Netsw04.INF and Netsw02.INF and why to take first one?
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27 Jul 2018   #8

Win7 pro x64

Looking through the netsw02.inf and netsw04.inf files, it appeared to me that the 02 file was only for older adapters, so we can ignore it.

Also, if you are on 32-bit windows then of course you want to download the 32-bit zip file from the IT and Admins site, not the 64-bit.
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09 Sep 2018   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hi Johnhoh,

I'm trying to follow your steps for an: AC 9462 (a370) (is listed in 3rd position in the website you linked), the Hardware ID is:


but I can't figure out what line should I search for in the .inf file (btw, the inf file name I have from the .zip file is: Netwsw03.INF)

Could you please tell me what line should I look for? or better how can I figure it out? (is there some kind of equivalence list or is it an ID from the device, etc?)

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09 Sep 2018   #10

Win7 pro x64

Intel has updated the drivers since my first post. Current is now 20.70

Download Intel(R) PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for IT Admins

You should be downloading WiFi_20.70.0_Driver64_Win7 (your first post mentions both x32 and x64 so I am not sure which one you are running. Hopefully x64) In the package is a Netwsw04.INF file but not a Netwsw03.INF file.

Something I did not think of until now, is we need to ALSO use the WIN10 download package in order to see the lines where Intel calls out your specific driver. To find that, you need to also download the WiFi_20.70.0_Driver64_Win10 package. Within it, we need to look at the Netwtw06.INF file which is the file that has your device. You will need to cut-n-paste the two lines within that file that contain the string PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_A370&SUBSYS_42A48086. Or better yet forget all that, I'll just cut-n-paste them now and include them in screenshots. You can ignore the Win10 download altogether in order to keep things straight.

So we cut and paste those two lines and put them within the Netwsw04.INF file that is in the win7 package. The first one goes at the top of the excludefrom select part, and the next one goes at the top of the DEVICE WIN7_64 section. I will attach a screenshots now of what these new lines look like within my editor. They are the highlighted lines. Since you cannot cut and paste from an image, here is the text of the two lines:

1st line

; PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_A370&SUBSYS_42A48086 , \

2nd line


As I mentioned before, the first line is near the top of the Netwsw04.inf file and the second line is about 5 pages down.

Here's a caveat, a new piece of information that is a potential show-stopper. See where within the second line there are three places where it says "AC"? That appears related to how the setup file integrates the driver later on in the file. Well over in the Win10 package it does not actually say "AC", instead it says "No_160", which is something that is part of the win10 package but not part of the win7 package. Based on text within the win10 setup file (the one named Netwsw06.inf) there appears to be a special section specifically for Dell machines called No_160. I'm over my head as to what exactly it all means, other than to say that since there is no section in the Win7 package called No_160, I had to change No_160 to AC in order for the win7 file to process the line, and of course it is possible that this driver cannot install without the No_160 section, meaning it is not installable on win7. So what that all adds up to is that when I first replied to you I was giving this method about a 70% chance of working, but now I would put the odds at 30%.

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