Intel Pro/100 VE Driver for Windows 2008

I rebuilt a Dell Dimension 3100 with Windows 2008 server. I first tried the new Windows 2008 R2 and the network card was installed correctly right after the installation. I later tried the original Windows 2008 with SP2, the network card was not recognized. The card is an Intel Pro/100 VE.

Dell doesn’t provide a driver on its support web site. My next destination is Intel’s support site.  I found this page, and it clearly states:

Microsoft Windows Server 2008* does not support the following devices:
Intel® PRO/100 VE Desktop Adapter

Before I gave up on it, I found a package of all Intel Ethernet Drivers. There are multiple versions of the package. The one I used is version 13.4. It works under my new installation of Windows 2008 SP2 32bit. Here are the steps. Even though my driver is an Intel Pro/100 VE, I think the steps apply to other Intel Ethernet cards.

  1. Download the driver from this page. Extract the package to your desktop.
  2. Open Device Manager from Control Panel.
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  3. Right click on Ethernet Controller and select Update Driver Software… .
  4. Select the second option Browse my computer for driver software.
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  5. Click on Browse to browse to the folder where you extracted the drivers. Make sure Include subfolders is checked.
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  6. Click on Next to finish the wizard. The driver should be installed.
  • i2Paq

    Thanks!

    Worked like a charm on my Windows2008std server.

  • StewLG

    Terrific. Thank you – worked perfectly for exactly the situation you described.

  • c1ockwork

    Wonderful, thanks very much.

  • Morgan

    Thank you so much for this! I too was quite discouraged when I was confronted with the message that this NIC will not work with Windows 2008 Server. I was about to give up and buy a NIC but asked a friend and he found this site for me. Thank you!

  • snap

    thanks worked in winxp pro 🙂

  • Joe
  • Kumar S

    Thanks a million! You saved my day!