If Windows throws you the Install a driver for your network adapter – Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter error, don’t panic. You can easily resolve the error by updating your network adapter driver.

Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter, Windows could not find a driver for your network adapter, and Windows did not detect any networking hardware are all variations of the same error message and can only be resolved by having the latest network driver installed.

Fix for Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter

Here are 2 fixes that have helped other users resolve the Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter error. Just work your way down the list until you find the one that works for you.

  1. Update your network driver automatically (nearly always fixes the issue)
  2. Reinstall your network driver

Fix 1: Update your network driver automatically (nearly always fixes the issue)

This problem may occur if you are using the wrong network driver or it’s out of date. So you should update your network driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing. Driver Easy handles it all.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

If you don’t have Internet access on your computer, please connect your computer to a workable wireless network to download and update the network drivers.

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

4) Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

5) Check to see if the Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter error has been resolved. If yes, then congrats! If the issue persists, please try Fix 2, below.


Fix 2: Reinstall your network driver

This error may also happen if the network driver on your computer is corrupt. So you can reinstall your network driver to see if it fixes the issue.

  1. On the keyboard of the target computer, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then copy & paste devmgmt.msc into the box and click OK.
  2. Locate and double-click on Network adapters to retrieve the brand and model of your network adapter. 

  3. Right-click on your network adapter and click Uninstall device.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the network adapter driver.
  5. Restart your computer for the system to reinstall the driver.
  6. Check to see if the error message is solved.

Hopefully you have successfully resolved the Windows did not detect a properly installed network adapter issue by now. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions, please let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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