Solved Resetting wireless adapter on Windows 8 Dell laptop

April 18, 2015 at 08:14:57
Specs: Windows 8.1
Why do I have to keep resetting my wireless adaptor on a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 series that is only 2 months old. My network says I'm connected but Explorer says I'm not connected. Doesn't make sense. HELP!!!

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April 18, 2015 at 14:09:14
If you Uninstall by right clicking your Wireless Adapter in "Device Manager" it should find it again on restart. This is not like a normal uninstall (provided you say NO to any request to remove the software). It leaves the drivers in place then re-creates the link to them as if you had just installed new hardware. At odd times it has helped with issues.

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#1
April 18, 2015 at 09:00:37
Does this happen on other wireless networks too or just your home network?

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#2
April 18, 2015 at 09:14:00
This happens on any network I am on.

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#3
April 18, 2015 at 12:33:58
Try disabling it - and uninstalling it; then reboot and let windows find and re-install/enable it...

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#4
April 18, 2015 at 13:57:28
Please note, If you uninstall your wireless drivers you may need to have your computer connected to your router / modem via ethernet cable so Windows can access the Internet if it can't find any suitable drivers within the operating system.

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April 18, 2015 at 14:09:14
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If you Uninstall by right clicking your Wireless Adapter in "Device Manager" it should find it again on restart. This is not like a normal uninstall (provided you say NO to any request to remove the software). It leaves the drivers in place then re-creates the link to them as if you had just installed new hardware. At odd times it has helped with issues.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
April 18, 2015 at 15:01:52
Another option in device manager under wireless adapter is to select update driver. Windows will search online and maybe find a later version.

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#7
April 19, 2015 at 13:10:26
Thanks for everyone's feedback and help. Turns out I already had the latest wireless adapter so there wasn't any updated driver available. I uninstalled the Wireless Adapter and then restarted the computer to re-create the link and that worked like a charm.

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April 19, 2015 at 15:38:00
Glad to hear it and thanks for popping back to let us know.

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