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Wireless networks not available after windows 8.1 update

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October 18, 2013 3:15:51 PM

I recently updated my windows 8 pc to windows 8.1 and the installation went smoothly except for now it doesn't detect any wireless networks even though I am using the wifi to type this on a different pc. When I open device manager it lists my usb adapter and says that the driver is up to date and everything is working fine. I tried turning off the firewall but nothing changed.

This is what I get from ipconfig /all:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : blairscomputer
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wi-Fi 3:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Belkin Play Wireless USB Adapter #3
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 94-44-52-64-47-A3
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

Ethernet adapter Ethernet:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 10-BF-48-7C-99-0A
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

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a b * Windows 8
October 18, 2013 7:49:53 PM

Have you checked for new driver?
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October 19, 2013 8:41:41 AM

I also use a Belkin Play wireless USB adapter and have been unable to connect to any wireless network since I upgraded to Windows 8.1.

The device is enabled but unable to find any networks. By installing different OS-versions of the official and only driver through compatibility mode, I experienced that the device would sometimes show up as disabled, and I'd be unable to enable it (a message would pop up with the text "Enabling..." and then "Enabled" but the device would still be disabled). I have tried every solution for such issues I could find on the internet through Google, but to no avail.

(there's only one version of the driver on Belkin’s home page, which includes drivers for xp, vista and win7 and also worked with win 8. Driver can be found at: http://www.belkin.com/us/support-article?rnId=3748)

After working on this issue for what is probably 10 hours I have come to the conclusion that I won't get it to work with the current software available. Either Microsoft has to change something or Belkin has to provide an updated driver. Since I doubt that's going to happen I'm currently looking for a new USB wireless adapter that is guaranteed to work with Windows 8.1.
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a b * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 2:57:41 PM

Belkin need to come out with a good driver for Win8, they have them for 7, XP etc
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a b F Wireless
a b * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 5:53:45 PM

I updated to 8.1 yesterday and the only thing I had to update was my Ralink wireless driver.
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October 19, 2013 6:42:18 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Belkin need to come out with a good driver for Win8, they have them for 7, XP etc


They have a windows 8.1 driver for the F9L1001 N150 model (http://www.belkin.com/us/support-article?rnId=5904), just not for any of the other models. I emailed them but have not recieved a response yet. Not that I actually expect one.
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December 14, 2013 8:20:18 AM

My PC could not find my wireless router after upgrade to Windows 8.1 although other PCs on my network continued to function perfectly and the PC could see all my neighbours' wireless networks..
Drivers showed as being up to date; I disabled the firewall; rebooted PC and router several times, tried a USB wireless adapter that works in another PC - all without successs
I considered resetting the router to factory defaults but instead changed the SSID name and Voila - network now working perfectly! I haven't a clue why this worked. Oh - and I also disabled power saving in the adapter properties - somewhere along the line but without success.
I hope this is of some help to others.
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February 1, 2014 11:08:04 PM

Go to device manager. Open Network Adapters. Right click on wifi adapter. Click on 'Update Driver Software'. Select 'Browse my computer got driver software'. Select 'let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer'. Now your default selected one will be the wifi adapter Microsoft. Change it to ralink / broadcom wifi adapter.
Worked for me.
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February 6, 2014 4:07:32 AM

Emmah said:
My PC could not find my wireless router after upgrade to Windows 8.1 although other PCs on my network continued to function perfectly and the PC could see all my neighbours' wireless networks..
Drivers showed as being up to date; I disabled the firewall; rebooted PC and router several times, tried a USB wireless adapter that works in another PC - all without successs
I considered resetting the router to factory defaults but instead changed the SSID name and Voila - network now working perfectly! I haven't a clue why this worked. Oh - and I also disabled power saving in the adapter properties - somewhere along the line but without success.
I hope this is of some help to others.


I tried changing theSSID name and it also worked for me. Thanks for sharing your solution Emmah!
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March 18, 2014 12:48:52 PM

amantukrel said:
Go to device manager. Open Network Adapters. Right click on wifi adapter. Click on 'Update Driver Software'. Select 'Browse my computer got driver software'. Select 'let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer'. Now your default selected one will be the wifi adapter Microsoft. Change it to ralink / broadcom wifi adapter.
Worked for me.


Just went through this same scenario. Upgraded to 8.1 on my Lenovo laptop, and then no wi-fi. Did as you suggested and changed the driver to broadcom....and voila. Works beautifully. Thanks so much.
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May 4, 2014 8:02:58 PM

Hey the same thing happened to me. Its because of logging in to the Microsoft account thing. To disable it and use a local account, go to PC Settings---> Accounts ---> Disconnect Mcsft account. This will allow to use a local account, once i did it it worked
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June 7, 2014 2:23:33 AM

smithnjones said:
Hey the same thing happened to me. Its because of logging in to the Microsoft account thing. To disable it and use a local account, go to PC Settings---> Accounts ---> Disconnect Mcsft account. This will allow to use a local account, once i did it it worked

I cant thank you enough
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June 30, 2014 1:46:43 AM

I have a belkin wireless adapter and After alot of stuffing around and reading various forum posts I had to update my driver manually from the install disk drivers folder. There was no windows 8 folder only windows xp, vista or 7. Upon opening each folder I noticed the driver I had installed was the xp one so I installed the windows 7 one instead and rebooted as instructed and now my wireless is back
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