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    Problem installing USB wireless adapter

    I just bought a couple of USB wireless adapter from Amazon. They are supposedly PnP, but Windows 10 refuses to recognize each for what it is. Both show up as storage drives under Portable Devices in Device Manager and with a drive letter assigned in Disk Management. They appear as "Realtek" working correctly with no further ID. A 2006 Microsoft driver has been applied. This happens with each adapter on 5 different computers (4 desktops and a laptop). Is there any way to force Windows to "see" them as wireless adapters?
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    Maybe they sent you thumbdrives instead, do they show disk space?
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    No, not thumbdrives as such, but that led me to the solution. The installation file is in the USB adapter, which is likely why Windows saw it as a storage drive. Instructions that came with the adapters didn't mention that at all, but outlined install procedures impossible to follow in Windows 10.

    Thanks very much for your help, however inadvertent.
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    I'm really curious,... what brand are they?
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    They are USBNovel 600Mb/sec dual band cheapies. Only $12.99 per. No model is indicated. They are running on my 2 insider machines now and seem to be working well.

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