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Windows 8.1 Proset Issue + Workaround
on November 17, 2013
An amazing card allowing for LACP, jumbo frames, VLAN'ing and more*!
* When you OS is still supported...
I too was excited when I read about this card and for ~$50 bucks, its an amazing steal. It worked great with Windows 7 and all of the great PROSet advanced drivers worked like a charm! However, after upgrading to Windows 8.1 the Intel PROSet advanced drivers are no longer supported (see here: [...] and the upgrade will actually warn you and/or prevent you from performing an in-place upgrade. So, you're asking, how do I continue using this great card /and/ still upgrade to Windows 8.1 /and/ still use the PROSet drivers? Well, fun fact (and entirely unsupported by Intel), if you use the drivers from the Intel I350-T2 all of the functionality returns. I've been using those drivers since installing Win 8.1 and it has been 100% stable configured in an LACP adapter team + VLAN trunk to my switch + jumbo frames (as well as all of the other great features from PROSet provides).
1. Install the latest Windows 8.1 PROSet drivers - [...]
2. Right-click on the Ethernet 2 (or whatever number it is for the PRO/1000 PT card) under Network Connections
3. Click on the 'Drivers' tab
4. Click 'Update Driver'
5. Click Browse my computer...
6. Click the option - 'Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer'
7. Uncheck the Show compatible hardware box
8. Locate Intel in the left-hand box
9. Locate the Intel (R) Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
10. Next your way to completion
11. Repeat this on the secondary eth port
Once you are done, all of the PROSet features will be available.
tl;dr: if running Windows 8.1, switch to the I350-T2 driver to regain all the PROSet advanced features. Its unsupported, but works great.