Discriminating users usually pause before pressing the update button. Experience tells us that every update introduces changes that may potentially break something on the computer; therefore, smart users have developed a disposition that stalls before pressing update.
But, seriously, what could go wrong with a Windows 8.1 upgrade?
Everyone is talking about it and even your disinterested friends who couldn’t care less about tech stuff are claiming that Windows 8.1 was a game changer for them.
So you Googled around and read all about the Windows 8.1 features but for some reason after upgrading to Windows 8.1, your stupid wireless adapter is disjointed and won’t connect to the internet.
- Maybe you should have installed Windows 8.1 from scratch instead of going the upgrade route?
- Maybe it’s a driver issue?
Bingo on your last guess.
This is a known issue and fortunately it’s pretty straightforward to fix but there’s a caveat:
You’ll probably find a wide array of Windows drivers for your Wi-Fi adapter dispersed across the internet; however, if you install any of these it may not actually address the problem. That’s because we need to set our network adapter back to the pre-Windows 8.1 driver not the latest Wi-Fi driver.
Yup, the more I use Windows the more I realize just how paradoxical it can seem.
Let’s open the Device Manager to get started.
Press Windows Key + x + m then double click your Wireless Adapter under Network Adapters and click the Update Driver… button under the Driver tab.
Alternatively, you may have the option of simply right-clicking the Wireless Adapter directly from the Device Manager and choosing Update Driver Software…
Click Browse my computer for driver software
Pick that big ol’ button: Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer
Make sure you uncheck Show compatible hardware so you can see the full driver list (not just the one’s compatible with Windows 8.1). We need the old ones so unchecking is the smart thing here.
Select the appropriate driver from the list and you should be good to go!
That’s all there is to it. If you’re Wi-Fi returns but has only has limited connectivity check out a little post I wrote up to address that.