Intel Driver and Support Assistant can help you get the latest drivers automatically, but first you need to make sure it’s working properly. Recently many users reported the program is showing issues like not updating and not detecting hardware. If you happen to be on the same boat, don’t worry. This might not be so hard to fix at all.
Try these fixes:
You might not need to try all of them. Simply work your way down until you find the one that does the trick.
- Perform a clean boot
- Reinstall Intel Driver and Support Assistant
- Use Driver Easy to update drivers automatically
- Scan and repair corrupted files
Fix 1: Perform a clean boot
Though Driver and Support Assistant is a free official updater, it has its limits and can’t always be reliable. And given that we all have different setups, it’s possible that the utility ran into compatibility issues. To find out, you can do a clean boot. This will start your PC with the minimum services.
- On your keyboard, press Win+R (the Windows logo key and the r key) at the same time to invoke the Run box. Type or paste msconfig and click OK.
- In the pop-up window, navigate to the Services tab and check the box next to Hide all Microsoft services.
- Uncheck all the services EXCEPT those belong to your hardware manufacturers, such as Realtek, AMD, NVIDIA, Logitech and Intel. Then click OK to apply the changes.
- On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager, then navigate to the Startup tab.
- One at a time, select any programs you suspect might be interfering, and click Disable.
- Restart your PC.
Once done, restart Driver and Support Assistant and check if it’s working properly. If it is, repeat the steps and only disable half of the services and programs to root out the offenders.
If this method doesn’t work for you, take a look at the next fix.
Fix 2: Reinstall Intel Driver and Support Assistant
If you’re using an old version of Driver and Support Assistant or something went wrong during the installation, you can do a reinstallation and see how it goes.
- First you need to remove Driver and Support Assistant completely. On your keyboard, press Win+R and type appwiz.cpl. Click OK.
- Double click Intel Driver and Support Assistant and follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall.
- Once done, restart your PC and repeat the steps to make sure you removed everything related.
- Then you can go to the official download page to get the latest installer. Once downloaded, right click the installer and choose Run as administrator.
- After installing the program, restart your PC.
- On your keyboard, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager. Navigate to the Services tab and check if DSAservice and DSAUpdateService is Running. If not, right click to start them.
- Now you can test the new program and see how it works.
If this trick doesn’t work for you, check out the next one below.
Fix 3: Use Driver Easy to update drivers automatically
New drivers usually mean bug fixes and performance boost. Normally you don’t need to worry about device drivers as long as they’re still working. But it’s a different story if your PC is not working properly, or you’re an avid gamer who needs to make the most of the hardware.
If you’re a power user, you can update drivers by visiting the motherboard/GPU manufacturer’s websites, finding the latest correct drivers and installing one by one. But if you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, you can update them automatically with Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and installs any driver updates your computer needs.
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
(This requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All. If you don’t want to pay for the Pro version, you can still download and install all the drivers you need with the free version; you just have to download them one at a time, and manually install them, the normal Windows way.)
Fix 4: Scan and repair corrupted files
If none of the fixes work for you, chances are you may be looking at a system issue. But before you take the nuclear approach to reinstall Windows, you can run a full scan to detect broken system files with Fortect.
Fortect is a professional Windows repair tool that can scan your system’s overall status, diagnose your system configuration, identify faulty system files, and repair them automatically. It gives you entirely fresh system components with just one click, so you don’t have to reinstall Windows and all your programs, and you don’t lose any personal data or settings.
- Download and install Fortect.
- Open Fortect. It will run a free scan of your PC and give you a detailed report of your PC status.
- Once finished, you’ll see a report showing all the issues. To fix all the issues automatically, click Start Repair (You’ll need to purchase the full version. It comes with a 60-day Money-Back Guarantee so you can refund anytime if Fortect doesn’t fix your problem).
Hopefully this helps you fix the Intel DSA not working issue. If you have any questions or ideas, leave a comment down below and we’ll get back asap.