Brien Posey's Windows Blog

May 31 2009   3:45AM GMT

Windows 7 Wireless Networking

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Lately I have been doing a lot of work with the Windows 7 Release Candidate. One strange issue that I keep running into is that I keep losing my wireless networking connection.

I have been using an HP laptop with 4 GB of RAM to evaluate Windows 7. For some reason, my wireless network connection will drop for no apparent reason. If I wait for half an hour or so, the connection will come back, but in fifteen minutes or so it will drop again. during periods of inavailability, the machine seems to be able to see my access point, but it cannot communicate with it no matter what I have tried.

I suspected that a hardware failure might be to blame, so I blew out Windows 7 and installed Vista on the machine, but the problem went away when I did. I put Windows 7 back, and my connectivity issues returned with it.

The problem does not seem to affect wired network connections as far as I can tell. I was just curious as to whether or not anyone else has run into this issue.

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  • MSFTGlenF
    Brien, I'm sorry to hear that you're having issues with your Windows 7 machine and networking. You might want to consult the windows 7 forum at, there may some information about compatibility with your system, please keep in mind, if your system was stable before, and you have the Vista Drivers they will work with Windows 7, so you may want to revert to them. Thanks, Glen
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  • Jmullaney
    Thanks for the advice Glen. Check out today's blog post. I am posting an update.
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