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Intel Thunderbolt Controller Driver for Windows 8 (64-bit) - ThinkPad W540, W541

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Intel Thunderbolt Controller Driver
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Windows 8 (64-bit)
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This package installs the software (Intel Thunderbolt Controller Driver) to enable the following device.

  • Intel Thunderbolt Controller
Supported ThinkPad Systems
Supported Operating Systems
Summary of changes
Installation Instructions
Determining which version is installed


Supported ThinkPad Systems
  • ThinkPad W540, W541
Supported Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 8  64-bit
Summary of Changes


  • < > Package version number
  • [Important] Important update
  • (New) New function or enhancement
  • (Fix) Correction to existing function


  • [Important] Removed support for Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit.        
    Note: For Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit, use the package version (GMTE04WW).
  • (New) Initial release for ThinkPad W540, W541.
Installation Instructions


  • If your computer runs satisfactorily now, it may not be necessary to update the software. To determine if you should update the software, refer to the Determining which version is installed section.
Manual Install

This section assumes to use Internet Explorer and Explorer.

[Downloading file]

  1. Select the underlined file name. Once this is done, some pop-up windows will appear.
  2. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  3. In the window to choose Run or Save, click the Save button.
  4. Choose the folder you would like to download the file to and click the Save button. A different window will appear and the download will begin and complete. Once the download has completed, there may or may not be a message stating that the download completed successfully.

[Extracting file]

  1. Make sure to be logged on with administrator account.
  2. Locate the folder where the file was downloaded.
  3. Locate the file that was downloaded and double-click it.
  4. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. In the "Select Destination Location" window, click Next. If you would like to select a different folder, click Browse.
  6. In the "Ready to Install" window, click Install. All the necessary files will be extracted to the folder selected in the step 9.

[Installing files]

  1. Make sure the checkbox next to "Install ..... now" is checked and click Finish.
  2. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete installation and restart the computer.

Finally delete the file saved in Step 4.

Silent Install

Note: This is intended for system administrators only.

  1. Refer to the Manual Install section, and download and extract the file.
  2. In the step 11 of the Installing files section, uncheck the checkbox next to "Install ..... now", and then select Finish to cancel installation.
  3. At the command line, execute "Thunderbolt Software.msi" with the /qn option.
    Example: [Path where the files were extracted]\"Thunderbolt Software.msi" /qn
Determining which version is installed

[Windows 8]

  1. Hold down the Windows logo key and press X to open a menu at the lower-left area of the screen.
  2. Select Programs and Features from the menu.
  3. Select Thunderbolt(TM) Software.

[Windows 7]

  1. Select Start, then select Control Panel.
  2. Make sure "View by Category" is selected, and select Uninstall a program.
  3. Select Organize, select Layout, then select Details Pane. The Details Pane will be shown at the bottom of screen.
  4. Select Thunderbolt(TM) Software.
  5. Check the product version in the Details Pane.

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  • Document ID:DS039076
  • Last Updated :28 Jan 2015
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