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I installed the windows 8 Release Preview and am quite happy with it. The one thing that I miss is being able to turn off the wireless hardware which I could do with an application that came pre-installed with my laptop on windows 7.

This way I get significantly lesser battery life when on the move. Is there any way I can turn off my Wifi and Bluetooth in windows 8 and turn them on when required?

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I am not aware of a single laptop that does not also have a hardware switch that disables the wireless card. – Ramhound Jul 25 '12 at 20:32
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@Ramhound There are actually. I have one. – imtheman Jul 25 '12 at 21:09
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I believe Airplane Mode is what you're looking for.

Airplane mode disable all wireless network connections (e.g. Wi-Fi, mobile broadband, Bluetooth) at once. Turning Airplane Mode on will achieve the same result as turning off wireless hardware in your Windows 7 laptop.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to toggle Airplane Mode in Windows 8 (Source: eightforums.com).

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