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    Intel Ethernet Drivers Question

    I'm just a little bit confused about the Ethernet Drivers and their specific Version Numbers.

    Today I had a Ethernet Driver Update through Windows Update to Version

    On the Z690 Extreme Driver Page you can download the Version

    I don't know a lot about drivers, but aren't higher numbers newer Drivers? In this case Version ?

    Should I leave the Drivers now or should I change them back to ?
    What's even the Difference?

    I mean both are working, but I really would like to know the difference and which Version is newer and should be kept?

    I'm thanking in advanced for any informations

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    Microsoft recommend to the Ethernet controllers manufacturer the use of NetAdapterCx drivers type and not NDIS drivers type (legacy) for Windows 11 :

    - Realtek has decided to totally comply with Microsoft's recommendation : Realtek use NetAdapterCx drivers type with Windows 11 for all Ethernet controllers exceeding gigabit or not (the Windows 10/NDIS drivers type remain Windows 11 compatible for a specific use incompatible with NetAdapterCx).

    - Intel has decided to partially comply with Microsoft's recommendation : Intel use NetAdapterCx drivers type only with the combination Windows 11 + Ethernet controllers exceeding gigabit like Intel I225-V/I226-V (the Windows 10/NDIS drivers type remain Windows 11 compatible for a specific use incompatible with NetAdapterCx).

    - Marvell/Aquantia has decided to ignore Microsoft's recommendation : Marvell only use NDIS drivers type (legacy) with Windows 10 & Windows 11 for all Ethernet controllers.

    Then each motherboard manufacturer does as it sees fit regarding the drivers it offers to its customers.

    So, to coming back to your case (Intel I225-V Ethernet 2.5GbE controllers) :

    - If you are using Windows 10 : There is no choice to make, you must use Windows 10/NDIS Drivers (1.x.x.xx).

    - If you are using Windows 11 : I recommend that you try Windows 11/NetAdapterCx Drivers (2.x.x.xx) type first and switch to Windows 10/NDIS Drivers (1.x.x.xx) type only if you have an issue :

    Windows 11/NetAdapterCx Drivers (2.x.x.xx) : More efficient than NDIS drivers type because of more low level access to the controller than NDIS drivers type, but can generate side effects due to the non-support of NetAdapterCx by other apps or system addons features. If you encounter any issue with NetAdapterCx drivers type, switch to the NDIS drivers type.

    Windows 10/NDIS Drivers (1.x.x.xx) : NDIS drivers type is the legacy drivers type used for all other Intel Ethernet gigabit controllers drivers whether for Windows 10 drivers or Windows 11 drivers, this drivers type will give you better stability/compatibility.

    Also for information, You need these firmware/drivers for your ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme motherboard :

    [FIRMWARE] Intel ME (H610/B660/H670/Z690/B760/H770/Z790)

    [DRIVERS] Intel Chipset/MEI/SATA/VMD (1xx/2xx/3xx/4xx/5xx/6xx/7xx)

    - Intel Chipset Drivers

    - Intel MEI Drivers (Drivers Only)

    - Intel VMD Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers - 6xx/7xx

    [DRIVERS] Intel Serial IO (3xx/4xx/5xx/6xx/7xx)

    - Intel Serial IO Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers - 6xx/7xx

    [DRIVERS] Intel GNA (5xx/6xx/7xx)

    [DRIVERS] Intel Thunderbolt

    [DRIVERS] Intel Ethernet/WiFi/Bluetooth

    - Intel Ethernet Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers - I225/I226

    - Intel WiFi Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers - 9xxx/AXxxx

    - Intel Bluetooth Drivers (Drivers Only) :
    Drivers - 8xxx/9xxx/AXxxx

    [DRIVERS] Marvell/Aquantia Ethernet

    [DRIVERS] Realtek USB Audio (Intel 5xx/6xx/7xx & AMD 5xx/6xx/TRX40)

    You have an ASUS ROG SS3|DTS Sound Unbound motherboard with ALC408x codec, so :

    You need Realtek USB Audio Drivers (UAD - ASUS ROG SS3-DTS) from the first post of the thread.

    Follow scrupulously your CLEANUP process then your INSTALL process, for the next drivers packages that I would release, you will can directly follow your UPDATE process.

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