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WIFI Card not appearing in Device Manager

I am attempting a fresh install of windows onto an SSD. This machine has windows installed on its conventional hard drive but until I am able to clone that onto the SSD & Boot from it I decided to attempt to to an entirely new install on the SSD.

Windows is now running on it but I have no drivers. I put the driver for my Wifi Card onto a USB drive but I cannot locate my wifi card in device manager. I opted to show hidden devices and scanned for new hardware in device manager. It did not appear.

I believe it is present but I do not know how to identify it myself. When I initially installed this driver on the regular hard drive's copy of windows I had the same issue. I was unable to recognize the wifi card in device manager. When I took it to my friend he found where it was an installed it without making any changes. At this point in time he is not able to provide PC assistance to me.

How can I find the wifi card in device manager?

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These usually won't show when

You skip installing say the motherboard driver package.

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Install WiFi Driver

What is your USB WIFI Model? There are many different type of wifi card on the market, so make sure it can work properly.

1. Try to put the USB WIFI to another USB port to see if it can be recognized by the system.

2. If you use the ethernet adapter, try to plug out it. And then see if the wireless adapter icon shows in the low right corner.

3. Go to here: Settings > Network & Internet > Change Adapter Options to see if there is a WIFI internet.



4. If you cannot find it in device manager, use the USB WIFI card disk to install the wifi driver.

4. If there is no disk or you do not have a DVD drive, go to the manufacturer's website to download and install it manually.

Addition: You can use some drivers download software to help you such as Driver Booster, Driver Easy to help you scan the WIFI driver. These are free driver scanner software.

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