Gigabyte Z170XP-SLI – Ethernet drivers

Windows_logo_-_2012That gigabyte mainboard made a lot of trouble during installation. After the initial issue during Windows 7 Installation i upgraded to windows 10 just to find out that the Ethernet drivers (previously working under windows 7) for intel Ethernet Connection (2) i219  are not working anymore.

unsuccessful attempts i made:

  • de-activated and re-activated the adapter (device manager)
  • manually triggered search for drivers online
  • downloaded the drivers from – of course they are not working
  • manually tried to install the downloaded drivers file

then i spent some time googling – seems that some people have that issue but no solution so far. what finally resolved the issue was to manually install the intel (2) i218 drivers. it seems to work stable for now – hope that helps.