I just reinstalled Windows 8.1 on a Dell Inspiron 3451, and the wireless adapter is not working.
After the install, during the setup phase, it skipped the step where you can select the wireless network to connect to (presumably because it didn't detect a wireless adapter) and now I'm on the desktop, with no wireless connections available.
I went on Dell's website, entered the model and found several network drivers that can be downloaded for that model/OS (8.1 64-bits) :
- Dell Wireless 1708 WiFi/Bluetooth Driver (395MB)
- Intel PROSet/Wireless 3160 Bluetooth Driver (41MB)
- Intel PROSet/Wireless 3160 Driver (148MB)
- Dell Wireless 1707 WiFi + Bluetooth Driver (277MB)
How do I know which one to download?
Everytime I did a fresh install of Windows (7, 8, 8.1 or 10) on a new or used system, it always installed some basic drivers and was able to connect to the internet - not this time.
Also, if I go in Programs and Features, there's nothing there - is this normal? Shouldn't Windows install some basic programs/drivers?
Edit Installing the fourth one (1707 Wifi + Bluetooth) did the trick, I tried the other three before that and they wouldn't work.