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How to Reset the Wireless Adapter in Windows 7

Updated April 17, 2017

If you can't connect to a wireless network, there may be an issue with your wireless adaptor. Microsoft Support recommends resetting your wireless adaptor to resolve issues like limited and slow connectivity or complete connection failure. The wireless adaptor reset procedure for computers running Windows 7 is quick and straightforward, so you can get back to browsing the Internet in no time.

Open the "Control Panel" from the "Start" menu.

Type "adapter" into the Control Panel search box. From the search results listed, select the "View Network Connections" option from the "Network and Sharing Center" section.

Locate the icon of your wireless adaptor in the window that opens.

Right-click the icon, and select "Disable" from the drop-down options. If a prompt appears, enter you administrator password to provide confirmation.

Right-click the icon again. Choose "Enable" from the drop-down menu. Enter your admin information again if the confirmation prompt appears.

Open a webpage to verify the reset and to test the connection.

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KR Knowlin has worked extensively in the theatre in numerous capacities. Past credits include: "Stop Kiss" (Director, Center Stage Productions), "Phaedra's Love"(Director, Chapel Theatre), "Quills" (Sound Engineer, Spoleto Festival USA: Piccolo Spoleto '09), "Mind's I" (Sound Designer, Spoleto Festival USA: Piccolo Spoleto '09), "Paternal Eternal" (Playwright, Spoleto Festival USA: Piccolo Spoleto '08) to name a few.