Install Intel NUC Windows Server 2022 Network Adapter Driver

Check how to install Network Adapter Driver (Ethernet or LAN) on Windows Server 2022 on your powerful Intel NUC device.

I use Intel NUC in my lab environment to test different workloads and produce technical articles; such as this one. I recently published an article about Build up your home lab using Intel NUCs. You can find there different information about Intel NUC.

Intel NUC supports Windows 10 and Windows 11 and it provides you with corresponding drivers for different hardware components. They work fine and nothing is missing.

If you want to install and use Windows Server, you will face some challenges with the Ethernet adapter. There is no dedicated Ethernet driver for Windows Server, hence your network connection doesn’t work.

For writing this article, I run my workloads on powerful mini PC - Intel NUC powered with the CPU i7 the latest generation, 64 GB RAM DDR4, 256 M.2 SSD. Intel® NUC Mini PCs are fully complete and ready to work out of the box. You can learn more here Intel® NUC Products.

In this article, I’ll enable you to run Windows Server or Hyper-V on your Intel NUC without network driver problems.

Step 1: Download the driver

In the first step, you need to download the proper driver for your Ethernet adapter. As mentioned, there is no dedicated driver for Windows Server 2022, and you need to use one created for OS independence.

I installed it and use it for several weeks without any problems. You can download a driver here Intel® Ethernet Adapter Complete Driver Pack. The driver is tested on Windows Server 2019 and Windows Server 2022. It works like a charm.

Intel® Ethernet Adapter Complete Driver Pack

Once you download it, copy it and extract it to your Intel NUC machine.

Step 2: Install the Ethernet driver

It’s a time to make Ping happy. Let’s install the Ethernet driver.

  1. Open Device Manager and expand other devices.
  2. Right click on Ethernet Controller and click Update driver.
Update driver
  1. Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer and click Next.
Select the proper driver
  1. Select Network adapters and click Next.
  2. Click Have Disk…
  3. Select the drivers, you previously downloaded and click OK. Once you extract your file, you need to navigate to *\PRO1000\Winx64\W2022\*.sys.
Copy the manufacturer’s files from
  1. Select Intel(R) l210 Gigabit Network Connection and click Next.
Select the device driver you want to install for the Ethernet driver
  1. Click Yes to confirm updating the driver.
  2. Windows has successfully updated your drivers. Click Close. You will notice that your Intel NUC is connected to your network
You are connected to your network

You are online. Don’t forget to share this article with your network.

You are online

If asked, restart your PC to finish setting up the device.

Comments (7):

  1. Bogdan Florin

    June 13, 2022 at 19:11

    Your article was eXactly what i was looking for from 7 hours. I almost arrive to modify the .inf when I found your solution!
    Good Bless You from all my hearth!!!!!

    Do you think that this driver will work on EVERY NUC ?
    today I install on NUC10i7FNH2 but I have another two machines NUC7i7DNBE running win 2019 and I would like to update to 2022 if this driver will work on them too. What do you think ?

    Reply
    • Jasmin Kahriman

      June 14, 2022 at 13:40

      Hey Bogdan – That’s a pleasure to hear. I tried with Windows Server 2019 and 2022 and it worked. It should work in your case as well. If not, feel free to ping me.

      Reply
  2. Bob Walberg

    September 7, 2022 at 15:56

    Nope, i have an install stick on my nuc6cayh but after a while the installer stops and wait for inserting a driver. Tried all on this download but everytime it said: cannot find driver.

    Reply
      • Bob Walberg

        September 14, 2022 at 14:52

        windows server 2022

        Reply
  3. Bob Walberg

    September 7, 2022 at 15:58

    added: the install stick contains Windows server 2022. So not as in your story select device manager as the installer is working.

    Reply
  4. Bob Walberg

    September 7, 2022 at 17:39

    hmm now i come to i210 but the system said installing not recommended… of course i do yes but windows can not find the driver.

    Reply

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