Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Wireless Network Card Appear Installed, But Does Not Work At All

02 Jan 2016   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64 Service Pack 1
Wireless Network Card Appear Installed, But Does Not Work At All

Hey guys. I have a really weird issue with my Windows 7 Pro 64 bit. Here are the details.

I tried to install a wireless network adapter. The installation appeared successful. Device manager tells me that the device should be working properly. It also shows up as an entry in System Information. But it does not show up in ipconfig/all and it does not even work or scan for network. When I try to use the Window diagnostic tool, it says that something is wrong with the driver.

I've tried two network adapter:
PCIe TP-LINK 450Mbps
USB D-Link DWA-160 Xtreme N Dual Band

My friend tried replacing my hard drive and did a fresh Windows 10 install and the card worked fine. So it is not a hardware issue.

Here are security softwares that I use:
Microsoft Security Essentials
Zone Alarm

I am looking for a solution that does not require me to re-install Windows 7. My Windows 7 disc is buried in a pile of boxes.

Can anyone help me to solve this mystery?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2016   #2

windows 7 ultimate x64

Hi Kevin,
welcome to the 7 forums.

Since the error said there is something wrong with the driver, I would uninstall it and unplug the adaptor, then reinstall the driver and after that insert the adaptor. something went wrong with the installation.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2016   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

What does Device Manager look like? Any yellow marks?

Do the following:

Open a Elevated Command Prompt:

Click on the Start button and type cmd.
DO NOT press Enter or click Go.
Look at the upper part of the window and you will see cmd.exe.
Right click on it and select Run as Administrator.

Paste the following into the Command Prompt window, exactly as shown, including double quotes:

cmd /c "ipconfig /all > postme.txt & ping >> postme.txt & reg query "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings" | find /i "proxy" >> postme.txt & notepad postme.txt & del postme.txt"

and press ENTER.

A file will open in Notepad. Please copy and paste the contents here. Close the Notepad window and the file will be deleted and the Command Prompt window will also close. Post results in a reply here.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Wireless Network Card Appear Installed, But Does Not Work At All

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Realtek network card not working with external sound card installed
Hi all, I recently bought a relatively expensive sound card on Amazon and after the second boot of my PC with the card installed and working my on board LAN card decided to not work throwing error: "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" The card IS enabled in the BIOS and I HAVE disabled the...
Hardware & Devices
Could a bad wireless card work for wi-fi but not for networking?
To start, these threads: Laptop can no longer access shared printer/files on home network It's not the printer, it's the network (Error code 0x80070035) Error code 0x80070035 redux, and I am getting battier by the minute cover the long background of my problem - that a Win7 laptop in my...
Network & Sharing
Cannot Setup Wireless Network (Belkin N1 Network Card)
I'm trying (desperately) to set up my network on Windows 7, but have hit a bump in that it just cannot find my network. I checked Device Manager to see if the card was found - it was with a troubleshoot exclamation point on it. I removed the card, used the installation disc and am not able...
Network & Sharing
Network card name reporting incorrectly in wireless network list area
My rig uses a Centrino Advanced-N 6230 wireless mini half-card. It reports the correct name except within the wireless network list. Instead of 6230 it reports 6320. I searched the registry to see if I could find the error, but nothing found. It's only a nuisance, and a minor one at that. ...
Network & Sharing
Will my wireless card work with my new computer?
We had an older computer running windows xp that had become very outdated so we bought a new computer with windows 7 home premium (64-bit) and I was wondering if my old "dynex enhanced wireless g desktop card" would work with my new computer, or if I need to go out and buy a new card. My computer...
Hardware & Devices
Wireless card installed and updated but not functioning
I just installed Win 7 on my custom built PC and everything went great until I tried to access the internet through my wireless card. Windows says that the drivers are all up to date but when I try to open the Ralink Network Utility nothing happens, also windows says that no wireless networks are...
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:45.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App