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How to Install a Wireless Adapter Without a CD

Reported by annashetty | July 12th, 2018 @ 12:58 AM

Over the course of using your computer, it's normal to misplace or accidentally throw out the installation disks that came with your computer hardware. You only really notice that the disks are not around when you really need them, such as when attempting to install a wireless network adapter that needs drivers to function properly. Fortunately, you can configure your Windows operating system to automatically find and install the newest drivers for your wireless network adapter.

Step 1
Click the "Start" menu button and type "Windows Update" (without the quotation marks) in the Search field. Click "Windows Update" in the search results. Windows Update must be enabled or the automatic driver download will not work properly.

Step 2
Click the "Change settings" link on the left side of the Windows Update window. Click to choose "Install updates automatically (recommended)" from the drop-down menu in the "Important Updates" section. Click "OK" and close the Windows Update window.

Step 3
Click the "Start" menu button and choose "Devices and Printers." Right-click on the computer icon and choose "Device installation settings."

Step 4
Click to choose "Yes, do this automatically" to allow Windows to automatically download driver software for your installed hardware. Click the "Save Changes" button.

Step 5
Turn off your computer. Install the wireless network adapter by plugging it into your computer's USB port or sliding the wireless adapter card into the PC card slot on the side of your laptop.

Step 6
Turn your computer on and allow the operating system to load completely. Windows will display a message indicating that new hardware has been found. After a few moments, a message will display telling you that the device drivers for your new hardware have been installed. If prompted to find device drivers for your network adapter, choose the "Allow Windows to automatically download and install device drivers" option. Follow the instructions on the screen to download and install drivers for your wireless adapter. Restart your computer, if prompted, to complete the installation.

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    Hii there,

    Actually, my wireless network adaptor is not working properly. The signal is also weak and I am unable to find any solution. Please help! Mobdro

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    Microsoft OS has the drivers required to help you configure your wireless adapter and most devices such as Belkin and Netgear are plug and play. This means that it is very simple to configure and start using Wi-Fi on your Windows computer. You do not need to download anything additional. Let’s go through the steps here:

    Step-1: Check if the drivers are updated. If not, you will have to update them by choosing to go to the Windows Device Manager.

    Step-2: Once the drivers are ready, you can sit back as the wireless adapter configures itself.

    Step-3: Wi-Fi 2 will become the secondary backup network where the new adapter will be installed. You can switch your preferences from the taskbar itself in case you want Wi-Fi 2 to be your primary network.

    Step-4: If there’s no primary network installed already, the new adapter will become the primary network because the USB adapter is being read as the primary adapter by the computer.

    How to Install a Wireless Adapter Manually with Ethernet Connection
    For this method to work you must ensure that your Internet connection is working seamlessly.

    1. Plug your computer to the router directly, using the Ethernet cable

    2. Plug the adapter into the appropriate port

    3. On your taskbar you will see a notification that the new device could not be installed correctly

    4. Click on this notification and choose to change settings. Here you will see that the default setting does not allow Windows to automatically update drivers. Choose the right setting: “Install driver software from Windows Update if it is not found on my computer.”

    5. Installation will begin. Once it is done, you can simply close the window

    6. Now, click on the Network icon on your taskbar or system tray and you will be able to see all the networks that are available

    7. Choose your personal network, enter the wireless key that you setup, and you are ready to start using it!

    How to Install USB Wi-Fi Adapter Without CD Through Device Manager
    Remember, this will work only if Windows updates are set to be downloaded automatically. If they are not, you might want to change that setting before moving to this one.

    The pathway to this is as follows:

    Start > Computer > Manage > Device Manager > Other Devices > Personal network/Device name > Update Driver Software > Updated Driver Software


    Some of the best USB Wi-Fi adapters such as Netgear and Belkin come with instructions on how to install them without the use of CD. Merely following those instructions will also suffice.

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