Search Help

The Basics of Search


To initiate a search, type in one or more descriptive words or phrases and press Enter (or click the "Search" button) for a list of relevant downloads associated with products. Since Search only returns web pages and documents that contain all the words in your query, refining or narrowing your search is as simple as adding more words to the search terms you have already entered. Your new query will return a smaller subset of the pages that were found for your original "too-broad" query.
Choosing Keywords
For best results, it's important to choose your keywords wisely. Keep these tips in mind:
  • Try the obvious first. If you're looking for information on the Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor, enter "Core 2" rather than "processors".
  • Use words likely to appear on a site with the information you want. "broadband wireless technology" gets better results than "really fast internet connection without wires".
  • Make keywords as specific as possible. "ultimate gaming PC" gets more relevant results than "home computer".
Automatic "and" Queries
By default, Search only returns pages that include all of your search terms. There is no need to include "and" or "&" between terms, however the search engine will recognize the "&" symbol and ‘and’ keyword if you want to include it as a logical ‘AND’ operator. Keep in mind that the order in which the terms are typed will affect the search results. To restrict a search further, just include more terms.
Capitalization
Searches are NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be understood as lower case. For example, searches for "wireless", "Wireless", and "WiReLeSs" will all return the same results.
Advanced Search Made Easy
You can increase the accuracy of your searches by adding operators that fine-tune your keywords. The following options can be entered directly into the search box
Phrase Searches
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes ("like this") will appear together in all results exactly as you have entered them. Phrase searches are especially useful when searching for famous sayings or proper names.
"OR" Searches
Search supports the logical "OR" operator. To retrieve pages that include either word A or word B, use a pipe symbol "|" or keyword ‘or’ between terms.
Wildcard Searches
Search supports wildcards with the use of an asterisk "*". To find pages that start with ‘Net’, type in ‘Net*.’ This should show results for ‘Nettop,’ ‘Netbook’ and other terms that start with ‘Net,’. Wildcards can appear anywhere in the search term. For instance, ‘*book’ might return values like ‘Netbook’ or ‘Notebook.’ Search also supports the question mark “?” wildcard which can be used to match a single character. For example, typing in ‘a?dio’ will return matches for ‘audio’.
Using the Product Selector
Find downloads for a specific product by using the product selector, which is a 3-column selector available on the Download Center home page. Select a product family from the first column, and the second column will display a list of related product lines. Then select a product line to show a list of product names. Once a product name is selected, the page will refresh with a list of downloads for the product. If no downloads are available for the selected product, the system will display a message prompting you to make another selection, or it will provide you with a link to the product support page. The Product Selector is also equipped with an Active/Discontinued Products selector which can be used to further restrict the Search. In general, Active products have some level of interactive support available, while Discontinued products do not.
Using the Tally Board
The tally board on the search results page offers the opportunity to further refine your search results. Search results can be refined based on product details, operating system or content type. If you’ve narrowed your results too much, use the Clear button to reset the list.
Sorting the Search Results
Search results are presented in order of relevancy. However, results can be sorted by date, status or type. Dates are updated each time a download file is refreshed. Status is listed as either Latest or Previously Released. The Latest downloads are the most recently released downloads. Prior versions of the download are listed as Previously Released. If you change the sort order and want to return to the original sort order, use the relevance link on the sorting toolbar located below the tally board on the search results page.
Number of results per page
If you want to see more results per page, use the select box to increase the number of results per page. If you want to see additional pages of results, select the next page number or select ‘Next’.
Where should you start?
Your system is better off when it’s up-to-date. So be sure to begin with Intel’s Driver Update Utility. It automatically detects which driver updates may be needed for your computer, and then quickly and easily installs them.

Learn more about the Intel® Driver Update Utility >>

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