How to Locate, and Download Chipset Drivers
If you've recently tried to update or install chipset drivers in conjunction with the Intel X58 driver pack, chances are you've had a rough time of it. What happens most of the time is that you can only download a few of the drivers, while the rest claim they aren't compatible with Windows 7. We made this page so that you can fix these problems in a minimum of time at no cost.
First You Must Visit Intel
Following the screenshots below, you will need to visit Intel's website and find the X58 drivers.
Next, click on "Browse for Drivers or Software":
When you reach the search box, put in "X58 Chipset Drivers", and then click on the "Search Downloads" button.
You may be shown several different "results matching". Click on the most recent.
You will then be taken to an information page where you can double-check system requirements, etc.
Click on "Download", agree to the terms on the next page, and download the file.
How to Fix Your Windows 7/Intel X58 Compatibility Issues
Now, find the file you just downloaded. Point the mouse at it and right-click, and then select "Properties" from the menu box. Click on the Compatibility tab. There will be a section entitled "Compatibility Mode". Click "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and choose the Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) option. This may sound funny but we'll explain it in just a minute.
Create a Shortcut for Your Driver File
Right-click on your file and select "Create Shortcut". Next, find the shortcut, right-click it, and select "Properties". Select the "Shortcut" tab and add "-overall" at the end of the target. This will make sure that all of the X58 chipset drivers you need will be installed on your computer.
Now You Can Install the Chipset Drivers
Go back to your file one last time and double-click it to start the installation process. If any errors occur during the process, you will need to re-download the driver software and repeat the above steps.
What's With Setting for Compatibility to Windows Vista?
The Intel X58 chipset drivers came out on the market before Windows 7. It was only tested for compatibility with the Windows 7 prototype--not the finished operating system. In fact, the Intel drivers don't even recognize Windows 7! But number seven shares settings with Vista (Service Pack 2), and X58 recognizes Vista. That is the reason for the Vista/7 switch we recommend above.
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