Windows 8.1, 10 WiFi Problems Reported with Ralink Cards


Radu Tyrsina
by Radu Tyrsina
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Multiple users have been complaining on various OEM forums that they are having problems with the network adapters and Wi-Fi cards made by Ralink in Windows 8.1. Some of them either can’t install Windows 8.1 at all or their Wi-Fi is having troubles.

We have talked before about widespread Wi-Fi problems in Windows 8.1 and some potential fixes that you could try to solve the problem. Windows 8.1 is an impressive operating system which comes with several improvements in the wireless networking field, such as the faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. But now, it’s time to help the community once more and report another annoying issue.

I’ve seen a number of forum posts, some of them being recent, from the past two months, and some of them dating back from March – all of them seem to have having problems with Ralink‘s Wi-Fi drivers in Windows 8.1, whether we’re talking about a Wi-Fi card or a network adapter. One angry HP user isn’t able to install Windows 8.1:

I have notebook Hp 4530s with Ralink RT3592 802.11a/b/g/n 2×2 Wireless Network Adapter PCIVEN_1814&DEV_3592&SUBSYS_1638103C&REV_00   HP p/n 629887. I cannot install Windows 8.1 (blue screen). I didn’t have problem with install Windows 8.1 without this Wi-Fi card. When I insert the card in the system – I get blue screen again. I cannot install sp63214 and sp61409 without wi-fi card. Help me please.

How to fix Ralink WiFi issues in Windows 8.1

Like in many other similar problems, what you need to do is check whether you have installed the latest available drivers. You can download Ralink‘s latest WiFi drivers from here and make sure you save them to a proper. Here’s the next steps you need to take:

  • Go into your system BIOS
  • Disable the embedded WiFi by following this Memory=>System Configuration=>Inbuilt devices
  • Log back and run the Windows 8.1 updated
  • Reboot as many times as you are required
  • Go back into BIOS and re-enable the embedded Wi-Fi by following the same steps from above
  • Boot into Windows safe mode, make sure you uncheck ‘with networking’ option
  • Go to Device Manager and disable the WiFi adapter
  • Reboot into normal Windows
  • Install the Ralink drivers you downloaded from the above link
  • Go into device manager and choose update device drivers for the (disabled) wifi adapter
  • Select “Browse My Computer”, then “Select from List”
  • Choose one of the Ralink drivers presented
  • Enable device, if you get a blue screen, disable again in safe mode, and try again selecting a different driver.

Let us know if this solves your problem with the Ralink WiFi driver in Windows 8.1. If not, as always, leave your comment and we’ll look into it together.

Other WiFi problems in Windows 10 and their fixes

In case WiFi problems still persist, that means that the problem lies not in Ralink Card, but in a system error and you need to fix it by your own. Hopefully, we have lots of fixes for WiFi issues in Windows 10, 8.1 and 8 that saved our readers multiple times. Here is a list of most common WiFi issues that may occur on a Windows PC and their fixes (check the guides):

Let us know in the comments if our guide helped you to solve your issue.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2013 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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