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Which Killer Control Center Should I Install?

Users may notice that we often host more than one version of the Killer Control Center available for download from our website. This article will summarize the difference between the versions available, and hopefully, give the user an idea of which installer they should download and use.

A Note on the Killer Network Manager

The Killer Network Manager is our deprecated performance suite. It does not contain current drivers. Users are free to use the Killer Network Manager if they like, but, as it is no longer in development, the first step in troubleshooting should be to uninstall the Killer Network Manager and install the Killer Control Center. If you encounter any issues doing so, please refer to our clean install guide.

Device Compatibility

The E2100, 2100, K1, M1, and Xeno Pro are legacy devices, and no longer receive driver updates. They are not supported with either of these packages.

A note on finding your Windows version number

You will see Windows version numbers referenced in the following information. You can find your Windows version by clicking Start, then type winver and press Enter. You will see a box with information about your Windows install, including the Version, which is probably 1709 or 1803, or 1809, as of February 5, 2019. 

 

The current Killer Control Center versions are as follows, as of February 6, 2019:


    Device Compatibility: Killer Ethernet E2200, E2205, E2400, E2500 / Killer Wireless-AC 1550, 1435, 1535, 1525OS Compatibility: Windows 10 Build 1803 April 2018 Update and Later Only

    What is this? This version is a major update. This is our most recent release, which has been tested primarily with and optimized for Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update) and Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update). This package contains the latest drivers for all current Killer Networking devices, except for Wireless-N adapters. Also included is the latest Killer Control Center performance suite. A Killer Wireless-AC 1550 is not required – all supported Ethernet and Wireless-AC adapters will work with this version. The installer will first install device drivers and then redirect to the Windows Store to install the Killer Control Center software. Please note that the version number listed here is the version of the installer. The version of the Killer Control Center that the Windows Store installs will be different. Machines with the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 and Killer E3000 will receive the Killer Control Center 2.0 user interface, while older adapters will receive the same optimizations to the service, but a slightly updated version of the original Killer Control Center user interface.

    Notable features include:

    Wireless xTend, a new feature of ours, is only compatible with the Killer 1550, and it will only appear if you use the UWD installer and have a Killer 1550 installed.

    GameFast, a new feature of ours, is only available with the Killer 1550 and the E3000, and it will only appear if you use the UWD installer and have a Killer 1550 or E3000 installed.

    Doubleshot Pro, which enables the use of two Killer Networking adapters at one time. Doubleshot Pro can only be used with two Killer Networking adapters installed and both connected to the Internet. The toggle will only appear in the settings page of the Killer Control Center if there are two adapters present, and they are both connected to the Internet.

    What’s new from the previous release? Killer Control Center 2.0 for machines with a Killer Wireless-AC 1550 (including 1550i and 1550s) and E3000 adapters. Many back-end/service updates for all devices. GameFast introduced.

    Who should use this?  All currently supported Killer Networking adapter users who are using Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update), except those using Wireless-N adapters. Those using the Windows Insider Preview versions of Windows 10 are also encouraged to use this version, and provide us with any feedback, should you encounter any issues.

    What if this will not install? Click here for our guide to clean install the Killer Control Center. 

    Special conditions for this release: This version will install on versions of Windows 10 that are older than version 1803 (April 2018 Update), but many things will not function well. We highly recommend installing this version only on Windows 10 1803, 1809, or newer.

      Device Compatibility: Killer Ethernet E2200, E2205, E2400, E2500 / Killer Wireless-AC 1550, 1435, 1535, 1525 / Killer Wireless-N 1102,1103,1202

      OS Compatibility: Windows 10 (all builds), Windows 8.1, Windows 7

      What is this? This is our previous release, which was well tested and trouble-free on all versions of Windows 10, including 1803 and 1809, except some edge cases with later hardware and 1803+.  This package contains the latest drivers for all Killer Networking devices, except for the Killer Wireless-AC 1550, as well as the Killer Control Center performance suite. The included driver for the Killer Wireless-AC 1550 is not known to be problematic, but our other package includes a more recent driver for this device.

      What’s new from the previous release? A new, updated driver for the Killer Wireless-AC 1550.

      Who should use this?  All Killer Network adapter owners who are using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, as well as those using Windows 10, who have not yet updated to Version 1803 (Windows Spring Update) or later, or who would prefer to not install the Killer Control Center through the Windows Store. Also, all Killer Wireless-N network adapter users, including Windows 1803 and 1809 or later, should use this install.

      What if this will not install? Click here for our guide to clean install the Killer Control Center. 

      Special conditions for this release: Unlike the other package, this release uses a regular installer, and does not go through the Windows Store.

      Updated on March 14, 2019

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