Saturday, June 13, 2009

Workaround for Some Instances of Win 7 WiFi Problem

One of the very few real broken bits in the Win 7 RC is a WiFi problem. The current thread on Microsoft TechNet is here.

On at least a few laptops, the following is a dependable if annoying workaround.

  1. Turn off the WiFi with the laptop hardware switch (“airplane mode”)
  2. Open Start –> Computer –> Manage –> Device Manager –> Network Adapters
  3. Right-click and disable the wireless adapter
  4. Wait a bit and verify the OS has completely lost the wireless adapter (by watching the icon in the tray)
  5. Turn on the WiFi with that hardware switch
  6. Right-click and re-enable the wireless adapter
  7. Wait … potentially a couple of minutes for Windows to find the appropriate network, connect, and recognize the route (if applicable) to the Internet

This maneuver is a hassle, to be sure. But it seems to work 100% of the time on some laptops (including mine) and it is much more convenient than rebooting, which is the only other dependable solution.


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Nice Post
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