Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast

Miracast is a wireless connections standard for displaying content from devices such as laptops or smartphones on displays such as TVs or projectors. Note that any display, a Windows 10 monitor for instance, may act as a receiver as long as what is powering it supports the Miracast standard.

The technology uses the peer-to-peer Wi-Fi Direct standard, and requires certified devices for communication. Adapters that are plugged in to USB or HDMI ports are available to add support to devices or displays that don't support Miracast natively.

As far as operating system support is concerned, Miracast is supported by Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, and there is an option for developers to add support in Windows 7 using Wi-Fi Direct. Android supports it as well

As a rule of thumb: most modern computers that run Windows 8.1 or 10 should support Miracast. This means that you may display the screen on another display, for instance a TV. Windows 10 devices may also act as a Miracast receiver. You may check the official product finder page on the Wi-fi Alliance website to find out whether your devices support Miracast.

The following guide explains how to determine whether a Windows device is all set up for Miracast.  Even if the device and the operating system support it, there are still things such as old drivers that prevent you from using it.

Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast

device does not support miracast

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system ships with an easy way to determine whether the device supports Miracast or not.

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type connect, and hit the Enter-key.

You either get "The device doesn't support Miracast, so you can't project to it wirelessly", or " 'name' is ready for you to connect wirelessly".

Read also:  Disable the annoying Set up OneDrive popup on Windows 10

miracast supported

If you use Windows 8.1, the situation is different. You may run DirectX Diag to get the answer in this case, but it may not be as reliable:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type dxdiag.exe and hit the Enter-key.
  2. Confirm any prompt, and wait for the scanning of the device to end.
  3. Select Save All Information, and pick a local directory.
  4. Open the saved dxdiag.txt file afterwards, and locate the Miracast entry on it (use find in Notepad or a comparable search option to find it quickly).

dxdiag

miracast support

Broken down to the requirements, the Windows device needs to support Wi-Fi for Miracast. That's not the only requirement though, as the wireless adapter needs to support Virtual Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct. This means that you need a device that supports at least NDIS 6.3, as Wi-Fi Direct was introduced in that version.

Additionally, the display driver needs to support WDDM 1.3 and Miracast. If the driver is up to date, support for that should be there.

How do you find out about that?

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type powershell and hit enter.
  2. Use the command Get-NetAdapter | Select Name, NdisVersion to list the supported NdisVersion of each network adapter.
  3. Make sure it is at least 6.3.

ndis version

For WDDM support, check the DxDiag diagnostic log that you saved to your system earlier. Search for WDDM to display the support version.

wddm support

Now You: Do you use Miracast or comparable services?

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Responses to Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast

  1. ddk April 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

    If Chrome Remote Desktop works does that indicate Miracast support also?

  2. seeprime April 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm #

    I'm old school, and run an HDMI cable from my laptop to my dumb HDTV. Works perfectly every time.

    • AAA April 23, 2017 at 4:40 am #

      Hehe, no wonder why I couldn't connect to you wireless -- it kept saying, "The person you're trying is wired, please try again". :D

  3. Richard April 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm #

    I get a third Window 10 message:
    "Machine Name
    is ready for you to connect wirelessly.
    Your device might have trouble displaying your content because its hardware wasn't
    specifically designed for wireless projection."

    Oy! Microsoft is always more complex than it should be. Sticking with Chromecast.

  4. Wayfarer April 21, 2017 at 1:09 am #

    My (otherwise excellent) Fujitsu laptop states:

    "---" is ready for you to connect wirelessly.
    This device may have trouble displaying your content because its hardware wasn't specifically designed for wireless projection.

    Working on it, though.

  5. AAA April 22, 2017 at 6:21 pm #

    I am heart-broken :( **somebody pass me a kleenex please**

    ================
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GTX 970
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Type: Full Device
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_13C2&SUBSYS_29743842&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 12137 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 3976 MB
    Shared Memory: 8160 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1200 (32 bit) (59Hz)
    Monitor Name: HP 25vx LED Backlit Monitor
    Monitor Model: HP w2558hc
    Monitor Id: HWP2817
    Native Mode: 1920 x 1200(p) (59.950Hz)
    Output Type: DVI
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
    Driver File Version: 22.21.0013.8165 (English)
    Driver Version: 22.21.13.8165
    DDI Version: 11.1
    Feature Levels: 11.1,11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.3
    Graphics Preemption: DMA
    Compute Preemption: DMA
    Miracast: Not Supported by WiFi driver
    Hybrid Graphics GPU: Integrated
    Power P-states: Not Supported
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 3/31/2017 23:20:54, 16431320 bytes
    WHQL Logo'd: Yes

  6. Steve Gangey September 8, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    My Dell Precision T3600 gets this for Miracast from DXDIAG
    Miracast: Not Available

    If I got the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop Network Adapter installed, would it become available?

    From the WiFi Alliance

    Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Interoperability Certificate
    This certificate lists the features that have successfully
    completed Wi-Fi Alliance interoperability testing.
    Learn more: http://www.wi-fi.org/certification/programs

    Frequency Band(s) 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
    Operating System Windows 8.1
    Firmware Version Product: 18.12, Wi-Fi Component: 18.12
    Hardware Version Product: 8260, Wi-Fi Component: 8260
    Category Internal Adapter
    Product Identifier(s)
    Model Number 8260
    Product Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
    Company Intel
    Date of Last Certification August 21, 2015

    Summary of Certifications
    PROGRAM
    Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ a, b, g, n, ac
    WPA™ – Enterprise, Personal
    WPA2™ – Enterprise, Personal
    Wi-Fi Direct®
    WMM®
    Wi-Fi Protected Setup™
    Miracast® - Source

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