In my Win8.1 Pro it shows no connections available if I click Connect/Disconnect in Control Panel/Network and Sharing under Change Adapter Settings after I install wireless PCIE adapters. Driver properties in Device Manager show “The device is working properly.” Trouble shooting in Windows indicates there may be a problem with the driver, but drivers have been updated that are supposed to work with Win8.1. Strange thing is the adapter is identified with no problem and works fine if a fresh install of Windows 8.1Pro with the card installed, and the wireless connection is detected and works perfectly. The problem with that solution is all apps will need to be reinstalled which is time consuming. I’ve tried 5 different adapters that are reported to work with Win8.1 (1 with RALink chipset, 2 with Aetheros chipset and 2 with RealTech chipset) all with the same problem. BTW my system is dual boot with WinXP, and all 5 adapters install and work normally in WinXP. Does anybody know a solution for this problem?
Almost forgot to mention tech support for current Rosewill card told me there should be a “Manage Wireless” tab in Control Panel/Networki and Sharing, but there is none in my initial Win8.1 install that’s about 6 months old now. I noticed during recent fresh install I was prompted to enter during setup info for a Microsoft Account where upon it then asked to choose which wireless network to connect to, and I entered my hotmail account info. However, I think I may have skipped the step to enter Microsoft Account info in my initial install. WinXP has option to add wireless networks, but I find no such option anywhere in current Win8.1 install which leads me to suspect it may be due to the missing “Manage Wireless” tab. Could this be the reason for no “Manage Wireless” tab and inability to connect wirelessly for current Win8.1 install? If it is the cause, is there a way to fix the missing tab in current install, or is fresh install the only way to fix this problem?