I've got a Windows 7 laptop, I've reinstalled drivers and everything. I get the wireless device to show but I do not see ANY wireless connections to connect too. I've ran a linux Live CD and could connect just fine. Ideas?
If you are sure that the driver is correct, this is probably caused by a disabled radio switch (might be a keyboard shortcut) or missing "hotkey" software that checks this switch and reports it to the wifi adapter.
Check if there is such hotkey software for your laptop and install it. Then try to enable the radio switch.
In response to your comments:
If the radio switch seems to work and there are still no SSIDs listed (and there is at least one access point in reach that is broadcasting it's SSID) check for updated drivers. Realtek drivers are available on http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=13&PFid=21&Level=4&Conn=3.