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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".

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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Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast
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Find out if your Windows PC supports Miracast
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The following guide walks you through the steps of verifying whether your Windows device supports Miracast, and how to troubleshoot it.
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    Comments

    1. ddk said on April 20, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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      If Chrome Remote Desktop works does that indicate Miracast support also?

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on April 20, 2017 at 6:52 pm
        Reply

        No, that’s a different technology as far as I known.

    2. seeprime said on April 20, 2017 at 7:56 pm
      Reply

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

      1. AAA said on April 23, 2017 at 4:40 am
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        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 said on April 20, 2017 at 10:52 pm
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      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 said on April 21, 2017 at 1:09 am
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      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 said on April 22, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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      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 said on September 8, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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      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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