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Windows 7: How to enable wifi on Windows 7.

17 Mar 2018   #1
blUntc0ncUssi0n

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 
How to enable wifi on Windows 7.

Hello I'm trying to enable Wifi on my Dell Latitude E5440 running Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit but for some reason no wifi networks seem to be coming up despite how many networks I know are available, as well as the ones confirmed to exist by my tablet which does connect to wifi networks. I tried going into the Network and Sharing Center, then Change adapter settings, then enable any devices that may be disabled, however all devices are listed as enabled, and yet no wifi networks are shown to be available. If someone could help me figure out this issue so I can connect to wifi on my laptop that would be great!


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17 Mar 2018   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

One of your function keys (F-keys) has a wifi icon on it. I don't know which key it is -- I went to the Dell website and searched on your laptop, and read every document, but none of them said which key you press for this.

In the lower left of the keyboard, you will find a key with "FN" on it, with the letters in blue. Each one of the F-keys has a blue symbol on it -- one of them will have the wifi symbol on it. When you find the key, press it while holding the FN key down. That will toggle wifi between on and off.
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18 Mar 2018   #3
blUntc0ncUssi0n

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
One of your function keys (F-keys) has a wifi icon on it. I don't know which key it is -- I went to the Dell website and searched on your laptop, and read every document, but none of them said which key you press for this.

In the lower left of the keyboard, you will find a key with "FN" on it, with the letters in blue. Each one of the F-keys has a blue symbol on it -- one of them will have the wifi symbol on it. When you find the key, press it while holding the FN key down. That will toggle wifi between on and off.
I am familiar with the function (FN) button at the bottom left of most Windows computers, however I don't see any other keys on the keyboard with a blue Wifi symbol or one of a different color that most keys have. Please let me know what I can do to fix this issue so I can connect to Wifi on my device.
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18 Mar 2018   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

This is a direct link to your user guide http://topics-cdn.dell.com/pdf/latit...uide_en-us.pdf please read it

Please read the sections on wireless operation and try Fn+F2 for a soft Wireless On/Off
there should also be a switch on the front edge of the laptop
The wireless module on your system is removable so you may need to check connections or take it to a local technician for service
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18 Mar 2018   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

There is also a dedicated page for support for this laptop, with links to all available drivers in addition to the link I've already provided

Support for Latitude E5440 | Drivers & downloads | Dell UK
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18 Mar 2018   #6
blUntc0ncUssi0n

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
There is also a dedicated page for support for this laptop, with links to all available drivers in addition to the link I've already provided

Support for Latitude E5440 | Drivers & downloads | Dell UK
I tried pressing FN+F2 but that didn't seem to make the list of available networks populate and list the available networks like it used to. I also flipped the switch you described and it still did not make the list of networks show up. I checked the connection itself and it seems to work fine on other devices. Also I won't be able to send this device in to a repair shop since this laptop belongs to my lawyer who's lending it to me since my laptop is currently being repaired. Also I tried downloading some of the drivers but I stopped since I was getting dialogue boxes from the opened executable files that seemed to be mentioning things like "Sierra Skylight" so I cancelled the installation process and deleted the other files thinking you may have accidentally sent me the wrong link. Please let me know how I can make my computer display local Wifi networks in my area so that I can connect to the one I have setup. Any and all help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.
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19 Mar 2018   #7
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

It appears that if you cannot allow changes to be made to the drivers section, then you will have no wifi. If you have anything similar to Frys' Electronics, ComperUSA, Altex Electronics, Radio Shack, etc., in your area, bring the laptop to somebody in the tech area and let s/he confirm what Barman gave in the way of driver support.
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19 Mar 2018   #8
blUntc0ncUssi0n

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
It appears that if you cannot allow changes to be made to the drivers section, then you will have no wifi. If you have anything similar to Frys' Electronics, ComperUSA, Altex Electronics, Radio Shack, etc., in your area, bring the laptop to somebody in the tech area and let s/he confirm what Barman gave in the way of driver support.
I see. I will do that. Thanks for letting me know.
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