Miracast in Windows 7 – Everything You Need to Know
Miracast is the built-in feature in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, so computers that are running Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 can cast their screen to another screen wirelessly and seamlessly. But can I use Miracast on Windows 7? The answer is Yes. To know how to use Miracast in Windows 7, go on reading.
1.What is Miracast
2.Can I use Miracast in Windows 7
3.How to use Miracast in Windows 7
1. What is Miracast?
Miracast is a standard technology for wireless connections. It enables you to mirror your devices (such as PCs, tablets, or mobile phones) to screens like TVs and projectors, wirelessly and seamlessly. To simply put, it’s regarded as HDMI over WiFi.
This is a widespread technology that has been adopted by many device manufacturers, and Microsoft has been one of them. As a result, for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, Miracast is supported and you can use Miracast easily.
If your computer came with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 OS, you can just add your TV or projector wireless.
If your computer has been upgraded to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 from an older version, you can use a Microsoft Miracast adapter to connect.
2. Can I use Miracast in Windows 7
Though Microsoft doesn’t provide built-in Miracast in Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can also enjoy Miracast with Windows 7 computers.
Before setting up, you should check your computer and see if it supports Miracast technology. Follow the steps below:
1. Does your Windows 7 computer support Miracast technology?
You can use Miracast technology if your computer supports wireless display. You can check the information with the methods below:
Method 1: Check Miracast support in cmd
1.On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time to invoke the Run box.
2.Type cmd and click OK.
3.Copy and paste the follow command in your cmd, and press Enter.
4.In the result, find Miracast and see if it’s supported.
If you see Wireless Display Support: No, your computer doesn’t support Miracast unfortunately. But you can still streaming your screen to your TVs via Google Chromecast, which is the alternative for Miracast.
If you see Wireless Display Supported: Yes, then your computer supports Miracast and you can use Miracast directly. Then continue to the next part: 2. Update avaialble drivers in your computer.
3. How to use Miracast on Windows 7?
Way 1: Use Miracast with Intel WiDi
Intel WiDi (Intel Wireless Display) is the technology that allows people to stream videos wirelessly to TVs. Intel WiDi has been discontinued since 2015 because of Miracast in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. However, for Windows 7 users, you can continue using Intel WiDi.
So if you’re using Intel WiDi, you can stream your computer screen to another screen via Intel WiDi.
1.Set up the Intel WiDi by following the product manual.
2.Open Intel WiDi software.
3.Search for your wireless display in the software, and then connect to it.
Way 2: Use Miracast via Miracast adapter
Another option to use Miracast and cast your Windows 7 screen to another monitor, is to use a Miracast adapter or wireless display adapter.
1.You’ll need a Miracast adapter or wireless display adapter. You can search this kind of wireless display adapter on the Internet.
2.Connect your wireless display adapter or dongle to the ports (usually HDMI port or USB port) in your TV or other monitor you want to cast to.
3.Power up your TV or monitor.
4.On your Windows 7 computer, Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Add a device.