Intel Driver Update Utility is a handy tool developed by Intel that can automatically detect, download and install the latest drivers from Intel. It is very useful because you don’t have to go through Device Manager in your computer to figure out what Intel products you have in your computer, and the utility will check all Intel products for updates, and give you a list of products with the installed version and the latest version, then you can choose to download and install those updates.
Sounds pretty cool, right? Only if it works. I installed this tool several months ago to update my Intel Wireless-N 7260 driver and it showed that I have the latest driver installed already. But today when I check for update again, it still shows I have the latest version, which I know it is not true. My installed version of the Intel Wireless-N 7260 driver is 126.96.36.199, and according to Intel’s download center web site, the latest version of is 188.8.131.52 (for Windows 8.1) as of 12/29/2014, however, the utility detects the installed version correctly, but failed to fetch the latest version, as shown in the screen shot below:
So I manually downloaded and installed the latest driver, then re-ran the utility. Guess what, it detects my installed version correctly, but still failed to fetch the latest version.
After some Google searches, it turns out that I am not the only one who has the same problem. Someone reported this issue on Intel Communities web site, but there is no response from Intel yet at the time of the writing of this post.
It seems like a synchronization issue, and I hope Intel can fix it soon. In the mean time, you will have to manually update your driver(s) if needed.