So when someone leaked Windows 8 Enterprise N Edition (Build 9200) on file sharing site, I thought it was a good opportunity to try the final version of the OS ahead of most of people. Although thus far, no work around is available for the product activation, but even a 30 days of trial period is worth it.
First problem I encountered is that my Netgear USB Wireless Adapter WN111V2 did not work. Official driver for Windows 7 downloaded from netgear’s website won’t work. It keeps saying that waiting for me to plug the adapter, even the adapter is already plugged.
I am so glad that I did not completely wipe my Windows 7 (I am using dual systems now).
With couple searches on google and previous experience in installing drivers. I found this method to fix the problem. Here are steps you need to take.
1. If you still keep your Windows 7 or any previous version of Windows, go to the system drive (for most of people, that is C Drive), find “Program Files” (If you are using a 64bit Windows, that will be “Program Files (x86)”, find “Netgear”, find “WN111v2”, a “Driver” folder should be under the folder. Copy the folder to somewhere where your Windows 8 system can access.
(If you have completely wiped your previous version of Windows, then you need to find any PC, install the official driver downloaded from netgear’s website, it should generate the Netgear folder under the “program files” folder. Of course, you can try this process on your new Windows 8, but I am not sure whether the contents under the “netgear” will work properly.)
2. Now, back on your Windows 8, press “WinKey” + R, on the dialog box, type in “Control Panel” (without quotation marks). Now the control panel should be up in your monitor.
3. Find “Hardware and Sound” –> under the “Devices and Printers” icon, you should see the “Device Manager”, just click it.
4. You should see the hardwares that are not functioning properly have marked with special signs. Your wireless adapter should be one of them (If you have more than one). Right click the Wireless adapter, select “Update Driver Software”, select “Browse my computer for driver software”, then point to the folder where the “Driver” folder you’ve copied from the “Netgear” folder previously. Click next.
5. Now it should work fine.
Please let me know if there is simpler way of work this out or if there is a problem with my tip. Enjoy your Windows 8. Now I am awaiting the work around for the activation.