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Windows 7: NetGear Wireless Adapter will not detect?

18 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
NetGear Wireless Adapter will not detect?

Greetings lads...

I recently bypassed my previous BSOD issue by simply replacing my HDD with a SSD and doing a fresh install of Windows 7 64bit Pro.

Where the computer is currently located, I need to run wireless internet. To do this, I have used a NetGear wireless adapter "WNDA3100v2". It's a nice adapter, and it's worked fine for about 2 years, including immediately prior to adding my new SSD.

So I fire up my fresh copy of windows, and install my critical software. Once all of that is sorted, I go to install the drivers from the CD. At one point, it suggests that I insert the USB adapter, and click next.

As soon as the adapter is inserted, Windows begins searching for a driver which fails. On the same instant that I click next, the proprietary software for the device says "detecting". This stays this way infinitely it seems, and never detects the device. If I just yank the adapter out, it will say "failed to detect", so this leads me to believe it is at least aware that it's there?

I tried to backdoor it, and ran a wired connection through my window, down the outside of the house, to my router LOL, and forced Windows to search for it's own updated driver. On most occasions, it just says "failed", but I was able to get it to find one last night, and it downloaded to 100% before it just hung up for a while, and then "failed".

Netgear's website is offering no help, despite this seeming to be a common issue.

Just wondered if maybe any of you lot had a thought or two?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2012   #2

Win7 Home Premium x64 W10Pro&Home

You are using the Netgear Smart Wizard software? Is your router dual band also?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
You are using the Netgear Smart Wizard software? Is your router dual band also?
I've tried using it with just Windows software, and their proprietary.

Yes, the router is compatible. The issue isn't that the USB adapter won't connect to the internet, it's that the software won't recognize the device for it to install.

I've had the device working flawlessly on W7 previously. The only change is that I replaced my HDD with an SSD and did a fresh install of W7.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Oct 2012   #4

Win7 Home Premium x64 W10Pro&Home

Here are the files in the Protocol64 folder if you want to take a stab at adding it manually.

Download from - send big files the easy way

This is link to the whole Netgear folder.
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