Enabling Wireless Display (WiDi) on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Chances are that if you have upgraded your Wireless Display (WiDi) capable laptop or tablet (with the specs mentioned here) from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Consumer Preview, then you probably stopped being able to enjoy WiDi.

The official support for WiDi on Windows 8 will come with the Intel WiDi software v3.5, and the Intel WiFi driver v15.5. These will follow Microsoft’s requirement that all pairing with external devices is done using their new WHQL certification process, from the Devices menu as seen below:



Until this happens, you could follow the steps below to make it work.This is not an officially supported procedure by Intel or Microsoft, and should only be considered for testing purposes until the official and correct method, drivers, software, and support becomes available.

1. Make sure that your WiDi 2.0 adapter has the latest firmware which presently is 3.1.29.0. If you need to update, do so from a working Windows 7 system. We tested this on the following adapters:

    • DLink DHD131

    • Netgear PTV2000

    • Belkin F7D4501



2. On Windows 8, download and install the Beta Intel HD 3000/2000 Graphics driver for Windows 8 v9.17.10.2729:

    • 32-bit version: here

    • 64-bit version: here



3. On Windows 8, download and install the Intel® PROSet Wirless WiFi Software & Drivers incl. Intel® My WiFi Technology v15.1.1:

    • 32-bit version: here

    • 64-bit version: here
      Important Note: When you install this package,make sure to select “Custom Install”, and choose to install “My WiFi Technology”)



4. On Windows 8, download and install the Intel® Wireless Display Software 3.0.13.0:

    • 32-bit and 64-bit versions here
      Important Note: Please use this specific version! Using the newest version of the Wireless Display Software (which presently is 3.1.29.0) does not work.



With these three components, WiDi on Windows 8 should become possible again with almost the same behavior known on Windows 7



Some few comments on our personal experience of using WiDi on Windows 8 on the Samsung Series 7 Slate so far:

    • Once WiDi is connected, the tablet resolution might go down to a level which prevents metro apps from launching. If this happens, just manually set it back to 1366 x 768

    • The “duplicate” display mode duplicates everything you see on your laptop or tablet to the external screen.

    • The audio always comes out from the external screen, whatever the app. And 5.1 audio works without any problems, and so does 1080p Full HD videos, and even Adobe Flash-based Youtube videos.

    • The “extended” mode behaves just like when using an HDMI cable on Windows 8. The metro interface remains on your laptop/tablet and desktop is extended on your screen.



We really have to stress again that the procedure above uses older or Beta versions of existing Intel drivers and software. So follow these instructions at your own risk! Again, the official support for WiDi on Win8 will come with WiDi v3.5, and WiFi v15.5, which will follow Microsoft’s requirements.

 


Rami Radi and Björn Taubert

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anonymous's picture

Hey Intel guys,

what is the future about WiDi? Will more Tablet producer support it?
More Windows 8 Tablets? What about Android? The problem i have: I love this technology and this
is what i just need, but i dont want to get pushed to 1 or 2 tablets, cause no other ones support this.

So what can you tell me about more tablets supporting this awesome technology?

thanks!
- danny

anonymous's picture

Bought a rand new Lenovo Y580 and PTV2000 just a few weeks ago. every thing was fine with windows 7. Now it does not work. Hope they fix the drivers soon. All the drivers andfixes todate have not worked.

anonymous's picture

I run Intel WiDi from a Samsung 9-series laptop. I have upgraded to Windows 8 PRO (NOT preview version of any kind) and WiDi also shuts Down on me after a few seconds.

Any timeframe available for an Windows 8 update for the Intel WiDi, and don't you think it's embarrasing that you haven't got the update ready for the official Windows 8 launch?

anonymous's picture

When is the update for WiDi coming out for Windows 8?? Messing everything up for people. Fail.

Rami R. (Intel)'s picture

Hi all,

Since this blog as well as this thread are becoming obsolete, i posted a new blog on "Enabling Wireless Display (WiDi) on Windows 8 RTM". Please check it out here:

http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2012/10/28/enabling-wireless-display-widi-on-windows-8-rtm-0

Rami Radi

anonymous's picture

Dear rradi,

I currently have Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software 15.2.0.1258 with Intel My WiFi Dashboard 15.2.0.0207 on Windows 8 Release Preview. My hardware is an Intel Wireless-N 1000 with Intel HD Graphics 3000 (9.10.17.64.2847) w/ AMD Switchable Graphics (Catalyst 12.11 Beta4).

OEMs have started posting Intel Wireless Display software 3.5.34.0 for Windows 8, as well as Intel PROSet/Wireless 15.5.

I have reset my PTV2000 to factory firmware, however, I am unable to connect with the above software versions. The TV (PTV2000) displays "Connecting to Intel Wireless Display..." and then after a few seconds, "Connected to Intel Wireless Display." Immediately after, it switches to "Ready for connection. To get started..." which indicates that it has disconnected. The Intel WiDi software in the meantime (on the PC) says "A newer version of the firmware is available. Do you wish to upgrade now?" When it disconnects, the WiDi application (behind the Intel WiDi firmware upgrade window) says "Unable to send desktop to remote display. (in blue, title) Please try restarting the application. If the problem persists, please try re-installing Intel WiDi."

Can you tell me which components (WiFi H/W, PROSet/Wireless, My WiFi, etc.) are required to support Intel WiDi 3.5.34.0? What are the official requirements for WiDi on Windows 8 x64?

Thanks!

anonymous's picture

I tried with the newest windows, it did seem to find the belkin adapter and connect, but then it would disconnect a few seconds later, not very usable at the moment.

anonymous's picture

Steps work well on Win 8 RTM.

anonymous's picture

Is there anyone know if Win8 EM edition can support WIDI or not?

anonymous's picture

Anybody tried this on RTM version of Win8 ? btw - worked great for testing purposes on CP

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