Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Win 8 Wireless option disappeared

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Win 8

    Win 8 Wireless option disappeared


    I have a d-link DWA 525 wireless network adapter on my PC.

    I have used it on this PC with win 7 and win 8.

    Few months back, I noticed that the wireless was much slower than the ethernet cable. Since I didn't have much time then, I started using the cable and probably deleted the wireless adapter under 'Network connections'.

    Now I want to use wireless again. But surprisingly, the 'wireless' option has disappeared from my PC. The device manager shows an exclamation mark near the wireless adapter. Here are things I tried:
    - I have uninstalled this adapter
    - Reinstalled the driver with the CD which came with the device. No change!
    - Uninstalled again and reinstalled with the latest drivers from d-link website. Still no change!

    What should I do?

    I have attached a screenshot of my device manager. I think this is the reason why the wireless option has disappeared from my PC.

    Another screenshot showing this message: This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Capture.PNG   Capture2.PNG  
    Last edited by Bradex; 31 Jan 2015 at 01:28.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 16
    Win 8


    In the device properties this message shows up: "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12) If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system."


    Is there a conflict between my network adapter and another device?


    How can I solve it?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    1. Disable other network adapters: at least those two: NVIDIA nForce and Microsoft Kernel.
    2. Update BIOS or just load default BIOS settings, save and restart.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 16
    Win 8


    Is it safe? I hope I won't lose my existing LAN connection as well if I do so, messing up whatever I've got now.

    Do these two have any other important functions which I may lose by disabling?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    What is Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter? - Microsoft Community

    As for the NVIDIA, that is your LAN adapter, if disabled, you will not be able to use cable, but you should be able to use wifi adapter. If not, you can enable NVIDIA back. Just to be sure, create a system restore point.

    Restore Point - Create in Windows 8
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 16
    Win 8


    Disabled Microsoft Kernel using device manager and restarted. No use.

    I don't know how to update BIOS.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    No need to update BIOS, just entering BIOS and loading default settings, might do the trick.
    But I can not guarantee, that your LAN or wifi would work, so better try other options beforehand.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 16
    Win 8


    I entered BIOS and loaded default settings. It didn't help though!

    Are there any other options as you've mentioned?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 16
    Win 8


    Disabled NVIDIA nForce as well and loaded default settings in BIOS. Didn't help. Hence re-enabled NVIDIA.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    I can think only about the hard way to do it. Check I/O of your wifi's adapter and then go through all your devices and find the one, which uses the same I/O, if it is not something needed, you can disable it.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails capture_04112015_151553.jpg  
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Win 8 Wireless option disappeared
Related Threads
Please can you assist with my wireless connection issue. I have just recently purchased the RTL8192CE wireless Lan 802.11 PCI-E NIC and installed it in my shuttle XPC. I am using Windows 8.1 64bit OS. The LAN card is picking up my wireless router fine, but when I enter my router password an...
I have a windows 8.1 full with touch support, and another one with windows 8 full. I noticed, in the 8.1, I cannot choose add a wireless display from swipe right, it went directly to project duplicate, extend, etc. This make me cannot project my screen to HDMI wireless display. In windows 8, I...
The Troubleshoot icon that should be under the 'Advanced Startup' Option is missing. System is a new Dell Latitude 10 ST2 Tablet running Windows 8. Have access to 9 other identical tablets, all configured the same and they all have the Troubleshoot Option. Have tried multiple methods of getting...
Everything disappeared in General Support
So a little over a week ago I upgraded my dads computer to windows 8 and yesterday he said when he turned it on, everything was gone, I looked at it myself and there is only one program installed on the remove programs list (chrome), there are no restore points, and no updates to uninstall (which I...
DVD R/W disappeared in Drivers & Hardware
Help! I had started to follow Kari's excellent instructions on moving user accounts from a small SSD to a data drive, and got bogged down when I couldn't see the DVD drive in audit mode. At this point I had made no changes to the registry. I exited audit mode, went back to standard mode - and...
Solved Log-in Screen has Disappeared! in General Support
Hi all, This morning I woke up to find that I could not log in to my windows 8 computer. The first 'lockscreen' would appear, but the when I clicked to go to the next screen to log in, all I see is text in the bottom right hand corner telling me about windows updates that will automatically...
Warning, Updates to the O2 Wireless Box II and Wireless Box III O2 Broadband Status On reboot of your router, this update will change the SSID: code.
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook