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can't install TP-Link TL-WN821N adapter on win8!

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    windows 8

    can't install TP-Link TL-WN821N adapter on win8!


    Hey all I have this usb 2 wireless adapter which worked fine on windows 7, ive just installed win8 and have tried to install this WLAN adapter but its not working. It comes up in device manager as a usb 2.0 WLAN with drivers not installed but when I try and manually install them I just get The hash for the file is not present in the specified catalog file error

    anyone able to help me out with this please?
    thanks

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    Try in win7, vista or XP compatibility mode, you can right click setup, find compatibility tab in Properties. HTH.
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    windows 8


    ive tried that now selecting win 7 compatibility and it didn't work then tried vista sp2 compatibility and the tp link utility installs fine but the wlan adapter still comes up in device mgr with no drivers installed....
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    windows 8


    all good tried another driver and it worked!
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    Windows


    Hey Casquillacciott,

    which driver did you use? i find i'm having problems getting my adapter to work with windows 8 as well. i've tried running both driver installation programs under compatibility and it's still failing.

    Thanks in advance,

    Jason.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by casquillacciott View Post
    all good tried another driver and it worked!
    How you did that? I have also a TL-WN821N driver. Already Tnx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by casquillacciott View Post
    all good tried another driver and it worked!
    Reporting that a different driver worked but without posting a link to that driver makes this thread rather useless.

    The people asking questions here plus many others can benefit from that information.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by casquillacciott View Post
    all good tried another driver and it worked!
    Reporting that a different driver worked but without posting a link to that driver makes this thread rather useless.

    The people asking questions here plus many others can benefit from that information.

    I really need it
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    How you did that I need it hard!
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    I found a way to get the driver working. It will not work through the regular install. I managed to get this working by going to Device Manager in Control Panel. The wireless adapter will be in the "Other devices" group, so expand that group and you will notice an yellow exclamation mark next to it. On my machine, the device did not have a proper name, I can't remember what it was though. Anyway, to update the driver, right click and select "Update Driver Software...". Next select Browse my computer for driver software, and locate the drivers. They should be under the Driver Files folder and use the Windows 7 ones.

    There were 2 drivers available for my TL-821N V3 adapter and I found out that one of the drivers didn't work. Tried the other one and it worked!

    Good luck!
    Last edited by Jarad; 28 Oct 2012 at 01:15.
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