|If your wireless adapter is the model in the Topic title, there is no ME software listed for it on the Belkin site:|
F7D1101 Basic Wireless USB Adapter - Drivers & Software
* Download version: 1, OS compatibility: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, size: 8.81MB
If the CD that came with it has software for it for ME, then you install the software on the CD - otherwise, you can't use it with ME. ME has no built in support for recognizing or setting up wireless network devices.
( I could be the software on the Belkin site also supports using it in ME and they omitted that, but I doubt that. )
If the wireless adapter does have software support for using it in ME, you must install the software for that, BEFORE you plug it in the first time.
You DO NOT install JUST the drivers - it comes with a Utility you use to set up the wireless settings in Windows, since ME and previous do not have that built in like 2000 and above do.
In 2000 (probably requires SP4 updates or later are installed) and up, you can either use the Utility that comes with the adapter's software, if it comes with that, or , in most cases, you can un-install the Utility that came with it in Add Remove Programs after the software has been installed and use the Windows built in wireless settings support (Wireless Zero, or similar).
Unless the instructions for installing a device tell you otherwise.......
You DO NOT install drivers for a device while booting into Windows, if the software for the device has not been installed yet - when Windows detects a generic device or New Hardware while booting, you allow it to search for drivers, it doesn't find any, and it wants you to show it the location of the drivers - CANCEL that, continue on to the desktop, and install the software for the device using the proper installation from a CD or the proper installation file that you downloaded from the web.
If you DID install drivers that way, go to Control Panel - Classic View - Add/Remove Programs and Un-install the software you installed, reboot, DO NOT install drivers while booting, and install the software the right way !
The same applies no matter when Windows finds New Hardware !