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When switching to a different wireless network, I get an APIPA address after connecting. I have tried ipconfig /release / ipconfig /renew without success. Only after restarting the system am I able to get an address from DHCP. After that, everything works normally, even through multiple restarts. Only when I move to another network, even one I was connected to before, the problem starts again.

I have the following barebones laptop:

The wireless card is a Qualcomm Atheros AR9285. The driver currently in use is the native Windows 8 driver When I tried to update it with the one from the manufacturer's website, Windows said the most current driver was already in use.

The OS is Windows 8 Pro x64. Clean install. Other applications are installed which some kind of virtual network interface:

  • SonicWall Global VPN Client
  • VirtualBox 4.2.4r81584 (No Virtual Interfaces Currently Installed)
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I am 99% certain that this is a driver issue. The fact that it connects once rules out any apps, which only leaves the drivers and i the OS (and it doesn't happen to me, so its not the OS), try this:

  • Download latest driver from website
  • Go to the Win + X menu and open device manager
  • Right click on the driver and choose update driver software
  • Choose to browse your PC and locate the driver

This will force it to install the new driver for the NIC.

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