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Miracast (Windows 10) Download + How to Setup Quickly

One of the most underrated features on Windows 10 is its support for Miracast. It was added in the early years of the operating system and it allows users to wirelessly connect to devices and displays that support Miracast. It uses WiFi to establish the connection and is an excellent, and reliable way to wirelessly project to a supported display.

Windows 10 has a stock Connect app that you can use to make the connection or you can go through the Settings app. It is a fairly simple process.

miracast on Windows 10

Miracast Windows 10

Windows 10 natively supports Miracast i.e., if you’re running the latest version of Windows 10, the feature is present on the OS. That said, Miracast isn’t all software-based. Your system must meet certain hardware requirements in order to use Miracast. You must also have the correct drivers installed in order to use it. The correct hardware is useless unless you install the correct drivers.

Check support for Miracst Windows 10

Hardware forms the cornerstone for Miracast support. If the hardware isn’t there, you’re out of luck. To check if your system supports Miracast, follow these steps.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
  2. In the run box, enter dxdiag and tap the Enter key.
  3. Click the Save all information button.

  1. Save the information to a text file.
  2. Open the text file in Notepad.
  3. Use the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut to open the Find bar.
  4. Enter Miracast.
  5. Look for the “Available, with HDCP” message next to. It means your hardware supports Miracast.

Check drivers for Miracast Windows 10

Miracast is a wireless standard that works over WiFi but its drivers are not installed by the network adapter or any other wireless hardware component. Drivers for Miracast on Windows 10 are installed via the display drivers.

Specifically, you must have Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) version 1.3 or later. You can check which driver you currently have installed by following these steps.

  1. Tap the Win+R keyboard shortcut to open the Run box.
  2. In the Run box, enter dxdiag and tap the Enter key.
  3. Go to the Display tab.
  4. Check for Driver Model version.

Install drivers for Miracast Windows 10

If your system has the right hardware, but the Windows Display Driver Module version is outdated, you need to update these drivers in order to use Miracast. The easiest way to install the latest drivers that are compatible with your system is to use the Intel driver support assistant app.

  1. Download the Intel Driver & Support Assistant from Intel’s website.
  2. Install the app and run it.
  3. It will check the drivers installed on your system and identify the ones that need to be upgraded.
  4. It will download and install the drivers.
  5. Restart the system once the drivers have been installed.

Project with Miracast Windows 10

To project with Miracast on Windows 10, follow one of the two methods listed below.

Connect app

The Connect app is already installed on your system. Make sure your display (or receiving device) is turned on and ready to accept incoming connections. 

  1. Open the Start menu and launch the Connect app from the apps’ list.
  2. Available devices will be shown. 
  3. Select a device/display to cast to it. 

Settings app

You can also connect to a Miracast supported display or device from the Settings app.

  1. Open the Settings app with the Win+I keyboard shortcut.
  2. Go to Devices>Bluetooth.
  3. Click Add Bluetooth or other device.
  4. Select Wireless display or dock.
  5. Select your display to connect to it.

Miracast alternative for unsupported systems

If your system doesn’t have the hardware to support Miracast, or you’re unable to install drivers for it, you have other options. You can use dongles like the Chromecast or an Amazon Firestick to wirelessly cast to a display. These dongles connect via an HDMI port so they will work with almost all monitors and TVs. 

The devices do not cost a lot and are considerably cheaper than upgrading the hardware on your system.

Conclusion

Wireless casting or projection is incredibly useful; especially if it doesn’t require installing apps on the system. The setup process is simplified and you will find you’re able to connect to a wide range of displays and devices. Miracast bridges this connection for desktops, some Android devices, and lots of displays. 

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