Windows 8 running on MacBook Pro won't recognise wifi signal. It only wants to deal with the Internet via Ethernet.

Running through bootcamp, I don't have the ability to change aeroplane mode as it doesn't appear in the settings. It just says 'no connections are available'. How can I connect to wifi?
 

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Last updated April 23, 2020 Views 4,526 Applies to:

Hi Simon,

 

Welcome to Microsoft Community.

 

You have reported you are unable to find wireless network. We need some more information to assist you in an appropriate way.

 

 

1.      Do you get any error when you try to connect to a Network?

2.      Have you updated the Network adapter drivers?

3.      What is the make and model of the computer?

 

Please follow the methods and check if these steps help in resolving the wireless issue.

 

Method 1: Perform Network adapter troubleshooter.

a.       Press Windows + W key on the keyboard..

b.      Type troubleshooting in the search tab and press Enter.

c.       Click View all on left panel.

d.      Click Network Adapter, new window will popup.

e.       Follow the on screen instructions.

 

Method 2: Enable Wireless service.

a.       Press Windows key + R and type services.msc in the search field and press ENTER.

b.      Scroll down to find “WLAN AutoConfig ".

c.       Right-click “WLAN AutoConfig “, and then click Start.

d.      Check if the issue persists.

 

Method 3: Follow the link for more troubleshooting steps.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows-8/cant-find-wireless-network

 

 

You may refer the following link for additional information.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/network-connection-problem-help#network-problems=windows-8&v1h=win8tab1&v2h=win7tab1&v3h=winvistatab1&v4h=winxptab1

 

 

Hope this helps. Please get back to us if you have any more questions related to Windows. We are here to assist you.

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No errors appear, it just will not detect any wifi signal. It only works via Ethernet. 
I haven't updated the network adapter drivers.
It's a MacBook Pro 17inch early 2011.
Method 1 and 2 does not resolve the issue. 
Method 1 eventually asks you to plug in an Ethernet cable. 
I'm guessing I have to somehow update the network adapter drivers.

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Hi Simon,

 

Thank you for keeping us posted.

 

Please update the Network adapter and check if it helps.

 

Update the Network adapter drivers.

a.       Press Windows + x, select Device Manager.

b.      Right click the Network Adapter drivers.

c.       Click Update drivers.

You may contact apple for the drivers. If the drivers are not available for Windows 8 you may download Windows 7 drivers and install them in compatibility mode.

 

 

To run the drivers in compatibility mode, please follow the steps.

 

a.       Right click the driver installation file and select Properties.

b.      Click the Compatibility tab.

c.       Check the option Run this program in compatibility mode.

d.      Click the drop down box and select a previous operating system, Click OK.

e.       Try installing the driver again.

 

Please refer the link to run the program in compatibility mode.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/older-programs-compatible-version-windows

 

Hope this helps. If the issue persists or any Windows related queries or issues, please get back to us. We are here to assist you.

 

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