Windows Server 2012: Ethernet Drivers for Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP

Windows_logo_-_2012Unfortunately Intel does not support Microsoft Windows Server 2012 for its Gigabit LAN i217-v series. But i figured out how to use the Windows 8 drivers instead which seem to be fully compatible. This should also work with Windows Server 2012 R2 – I ll update this post as soon as i tested it.


Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP Rev. 1.0
Onboard Gbit Ethernet: intel i217v
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 x64 Standard Edition

  1. Download the intel driver package from gigabayte. (Choose the Package for Windows8)
  2. Extract the driver package and navigate to folder PRO1000\Winx64\NDIS63
  3. Open file e1d63x64.inf in a text editor
  4. Delete or comment out the lines between [ControlFlags] and [Intel]
  5. Copy the lines starting with %E153BNC from section [Intel.NTamd64.6.2.1] to section [Intel.NTamd64.6.2]. 6.2.1 equals Windows8 and 6.2 equals Server 2012!
  6. Reboot your System and Press F8 while it is booting and select “disable driver signature enforcement”.
  7. Open the Windows Device Manager and search for the Driver on your Harddisk.

Here a screenshot of how the edited file should look like: