FIX: Belkin Wireless adapter not working in Windows 10

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  • The BelkinWireless Adaptor is being used worldwide for connecting a PC with a wireless network.
  • Many users are reporting that the adaptor is not working in Windows 10 and one reason for that could be a problematic driver.
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FIX: Belkin Wireless adapter not working in Windows 10z

A while ago, we shared with you some tips that you could take to fix problems in Windows 10 with the Belkin network USB hub. This time, we’re talking about some problems reported with the Belkin Wireless Adapter.

In the above image, you can see a certain Belkin Wireless G USB network adapter which has been voted as not being compatible by the community.

There are many other users who have been reporting problems especially with products from this line of adapters.

Many users reported various problems with Belkin Wireless Adapter, and in this article, we’re going to cover the following issues:

  • Belkin Wireless Adapter won’t connect – This is most likely caused by your drivers, but you can easily fix that.
  • Belkin Wireless Adapter code 10 error –To fix the issue, be sure to try installing the drivers using the compatibility mode.
  • Belkin Wireless Adapter not recognized –If that’s the case, you just have to install the missing drivers to fix this problem.
  • Belkin Wireless Adapter disconnects, lose connection –This is most likely caused by your configuration or by a corrupt driver.

How can I fix the Belkin Wireless Adapter not working in Windows 10

  1. Download the latest drivers
  2. Install the drivers manually
  3. Install the drivers for the previous version of Windows
  4. Connect your adapter to a different USB port

1. Download the latest drivers

  1. Open Device Manager.
  2. Locate Belkin Wireless Adapter, right click it and choose Uninstall device.
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  3. Check Delete the driver software for this device and click on Uninstall.
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  4. After uninstalling the driver, you can install the latest driver or let Windows install the default driver instead.

Downloading drivers manually is a process that carries the risk of getting the wrong driver installed, which may lead to serious malfunctions.

The safer and easier way to update drivers on a Windows computer is by using an automatic tool such as DriverFix.

DriverFix automatically update drivers

This amazing software is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus and will prevent any damage on your PC by downloading and installing the wrong driver versions.

DriverFix is very easy to use and the interface is intuitive. All you need to do is install the software and allow it to run the scan on your PC.

Once the scan is finished, the software will look for outdated drivers automatically and will compare them with the ones found in its built-in database.

You will also get a detailed report on all of your up-to-date and out-of-date device drivers.

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2. Install the drivers manually

  1. Right-click the Start Button and choose Device Manager.
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  2. Locate the Belkin Wireless Adapter, right click it and choose Update driver from the menu.
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  3. Choose to Browse my computer for driver software.
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  4. Now click on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
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  5. You should now see all available drivers. By default Belkin USB Wireless Adaptor (Microsoft) should be selected. Select Belkin USB Wireless Adaptor (Belkin International Inc.)
  6. Click on Next.

3. Install the drivers for the previous version of Windows

  1. Locate the setup file, right click it and choose Properties.
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  2. Navigate to Compatibility tab and check Run this program in compatibility mode for.
  3. Select an older version of Windows and click on Apply and OK to save changes.
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  4. After changing the compatibility mode, try to run the setup again.

In some cases, your drivers might come in a zip archive. To install those drivers, first, you need to extract them to a location that you can easily access.

The best place would be a new folder on your Desktop since you’ll need to access it again. After extracting the file, you need to do the following:

  1. Follow Steps 1-3 from the previous solution.
  2. Click the Browse button and now select the directory that holds the extracted driver files.
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  3. After selecting the desired directory, click on Next.
  4. Windows will now try to install the selected driver.

After Windows installs the selected driver, the issue should be completely resolved.


4. Connect your adapter to a different USB port

Several users reported problems with Belkin Wireless Adapter after connecting the adapter to the wrong USB port.

According to users, this issue can occur if you connect your adapter to USB 1.1 port. In order to achieve the best results, we strongly recommend connecting your adapter to USB 2.0 or 3.0 port.

In some rare cases, you might experience this problem while using a USB 3.0 port. If that’s the case, connect your adapter to USB 2.0 port to resolve the problem.

An obligatory step that you need to take is to run the network troubleshooter to check for any Internet connectivity issues. After that, you may need to uninstall any security software filter/protocol in the Wireless Adapter properties.

  1. Right-click your wireless adapter and then click Properties.
  2. Click Uninstall on This connection uses the following items select any security software filter/protocol.
  3. Hit OK and enable the wireless adapter again.

Now, all your problems should be fixed. Let us know by leaving a comment below if you managed to overcome these annoyances.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • So I was having the same issue with Windows 10. I downloaded the drivers from my laptop and tried installing from that but it would not show any network connections. I went to device manager and properties, clicked on the update drivers option and chose from their pre-selected list. I chose the Ralink one and this solved the problem for me. Hope this helps.

  • Just to add. The Windows 10 update to version 1607 overwrote the driver. Fortunately it saves an image of the previous Windows version, so I retrieved the working driver and got back in business very swiftly. The only way I found to force W10 to use the right driver was to rename the working driver file to the filename of the not-working Ralink driver.

  • Hi.. Really give me headache for few hours to figure this out until I stumbled to this site.. It really works like magic!!! Thank you a million..

  • Used this article to help solve my problem Belkin USB adapter not working with Windows 10. Discovered that Windows 10 had overwritten the Belkin driver with a Ralink Driver. I discovered this by selecting roll-back driver, from the device manager.