Enabling Wireless Display (WiDi) on Windows 8 RTM

Hi everyone,

Windows 8 has just launched, so Intel just released the new WiDi software v3.5.40.0 to support Windows 8. Therefore, in order to enable WiDi officially on your Windows 8 device, follow the steps below:

1. Download the latest graphics driver for your Intel HD graphics from the following link. As of writing this message, the latest version is ( Choose x86 if you are running a 32-bit version of Windows 8, or x64 if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows 8: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/SearchResult.aspx?lang=eng&ProductFamily...

2. Download the latest Intel Wireless ProSet driver and software for Windows 8 from the following link. As of writing this message, the version is 15.5.6. Choose x86 if you are running a 32-bit version of Windows 8, or x64 if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows 8: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=21999&lang=eng&wapkw=proset+15.5.6

3. Download the latest Intel WiDi Software v3.5.40.0 from the following link: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=22016&ProdId=3227&lang=eng&OSVersion=Windows%208%2C%2064-bit*&DownloadType=Software%20Applications

4. After installing the WiDi software, run it and you should find your WiDi adapter. Connect to it, and it will show you a "Device Pairing" screen. Enter the 4-digit security code you see on your TV screen, and press continue.

5. The Windows "Add a device" screen will show up, asking you to "Choose a device or printer to add to this PC". Click on "IntelWiDiAdapter", and click Next.

6. A new Window will show asking you to "Enter the WPS PIN for your television". An 8-digit number may be already showing. Make sure the number is the same as the one you see on your television, and click Next.

7. The Intel WiDi software will take a bit of time the first time it connects to your WiDi adapter, and then will notify you that there is a firmware update. It will say that it wants to update your adapter to firmware v3.5.28.0. Click Update.

8. 7 files will be copied to your WiDi adapter, and your WiDi adapter will soon start updating itself and then restart.

9. After the adapter restarts after updating, and shows that it is ready to accept connections, connect to it again from the Intel WiDi software. The "Device Pairing" screen will show up again. Click continue.

10. The Windows "Add a device" screen will show up again, asking you to "Choose a device or printer to add to this PC". Click on the device that shows the name of your WiDi Adapter (if you haven’t changed this manually before, for NetGear WiDi adapters, this will probably be Living Room-PTV2000).

11. An 8-digit number will show on your television. Enter this number into the "Add a device" Window and click Next.

12. You will get connected to the WiDi adapter, and your computer's screen will be duplicated on the television, but the resolution might change and become lower. If this happens, right click on your desktop, and click on "screen resolution" and change your resolution to one that is appropriate for your television.

Attached in this blog is a video of me going through all these steps on my Ultrabook with an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235 card.

By the way, if you still have other computers running windows 7 and an older version of the WiDi software, you will still be able to connect it to the WiDi adapter and enjoy WiDi, even though the adapter was just upgraded to firmware v3.5.28.0

Hope to hear back from you guys about your experiences.

Enjoy WiDi on Windows 8! :)

Rami Radi

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anonymous's picture

I'm using a Dell XPS L501x, I previously had no issues with wireless display in Windows 7. Since installing windows 8 I was prompted to uninstall the Intel Pro Wireless software. I have tried following the steps in this guide, when I try to install the video driver listed (step 1) I get an error saying "The computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software" I have run the driver update utility from Intel's site, I am currently using driver version which was the one recommended. The second step worked fine, when I go to install the WiDi software, I get an error saying "The platform is not compatible with Inte(R) WiDi or the application is in use, please see log for more details. I am beyond frustrated trying to get this to work and I use my P2TV for everything. Can you help me with a solution to this, if not i'm formatting and going back to Windows 7.


Rami R. (Intel)'s picture

Just to be sure. These steps are only for Windows 8

Since you are downloading win64_15287, does your toshiba laptop/ultrabook have Windows 8 x64 bit edition on it? Did WiDi worked before either on Windows 7 on the same system or using the previous unofficial workaround for Windows 8, but now its not working?

As for the issue with "WiDiApp has stopped working". it is quite difficult to debug with only this information. Again, did WiDi work for you before, but now isn't? Make sure you are Installing all three drivers in the order above: 1 - Wireless (WiFi) Driver, 2 - Graphics Driver, 3 - Wireless Display Software, 4 - WiDi Widget (optional). It is also recommended to restart the PC after each driver or software installation. Also make sure you are installing all drivers/software as an administrator. to be sure, right click on the driver, click properties, click compatibility, check "run this program as an administrator"

anonymous's picture

I've followed all the steps, but it didn't work actually. After launching Widi program, after 10 - 20 secs a message pops up saying 'WidiApp has stopped working' and the app crashes.

anonymous's picture

I have an i5 Toshiba with Intel HD graphics and WiDi. Here is the system info from the current driver:

Intel® HD Graphics (Core i5)

Report Date: 10/28/2012
Report Time[hr:mm:ss]: 8:4:9
Driver Version:
Operating System: (6.2.9200)
Default Language: English (United States)
DirectX* Version: 10.1
Physical Memory: 3890 MB
Minimum Graphics Memory: 32 MB
Maximum Graphics Memory: 1696 MB
Graphics Memory in Use: 113 MB
Processor: Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Speed: 2528 MHz
Vendor ID: 8086
Device ID: 0046
Device Revision: 02

The latest HD driver you mentioned, win64_15287, will not install on my machine. It reports that "This computer does not meet the minimum requirements for installing the software." Does that seem right?

I went to the river in device manager and asked windows to look for the latest driver. It says I have it.

After removing the old widi software, I have tried going ahead with the widi software installation anyway. It says: "This platform is not compatible with Intel(R) Widi or the application is in use."

Thanks for looking to help with this. I would like to have it working!


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