Windows 10: Realtek RTL8188CU Wireless LAN Adapter does not start Solved

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  1. Posts : 6
    windows 10, windows 8.1
       12 Nov 2015 #1

    Realtek RTL8188CU Wireless LAN Adapter does not start


    The adapter works in windows 8.1 but does not start in windows 10. Device manager shows an exclamation mark.
    Installing a new driver does not work. The device manager tells me the best drivers are already installed. How do I tackle this problem?
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  2. Posts : 3,429
    EL Capitan
       12 Nov 2015 #2

    Uninstall device and drivers from Device Manger, then install the correct drivers from Realtek's website. The Windows 10 drivers are no different from the Windows 8 drivers.
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  3. Posts : 6
    windows 10, windows 8.1
    Thread Starter
       15 Nov 2015 #3

    Hello Bro67,
    Your advice did not solve the problem. After installing the new windows 10 driver windows 10 crashed twice: blue screen of death.
    It does not seem to be the driver.
    The device status tells me:
    This device does not start (Code 10)
    (operation fails)
    the requested operation failed.

    If I look in the events window it tells me about today's events:
    Device removed
    Installation of device required
    Device configured (oem23.inf)
    Device started (RtlWlanu)

    The indormation window tells me:
    Device USB\VID_0BDA&PID_8176\00e04c000001 requires further installation.

    I am still puzzled
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  4. Posts : 3,429
    EL Capitan
       16 Nov 2015 #4

    Try an adapter with the Intel Chipset in it. The Windows 8.1 driver should work, since 8 & 10 are cousins.
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  5. Posts : 6
    windows 10, windows 8.1
    Thread Starter
       16 Nov 2015 #5

    Hello Bro67,
    I would not call your last answer a solution. What you propose is exactly what displeases me about windows.
    Terminating the support of relatively new hardware and software with the aim to let you buy new devices and software.
    The only thing I want is is a properly configured RTL8188 usb and working wifi network adapter.
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  6. Posts : 6
    windows 10, windows 8.1
    Thread Starter
       16 Nov 2015 #6

    I have just solved the problem myself haphazardly. When I inserted a usb3 stick in my front usb3 port the system responded with the normal sound, but the stick remained invisible. When I checked the device manager it turned out the asbmedia usb3 driver was not installed. So I installed the latest 3.1 driver, while doing so not only the stick popped up but also my wifi adapter lost its exclamation mark. I obviously had put it in a usb3 port.
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  7. Posts : 3,429
    EL Capitan
       17 Nov 2015 #7

    I have had no problems with the Intel adapters with BSD, Linux or Windows.

    The Realtek chipsets have always had issues with Windows, BSD & Linux.

    Intel drivers are built into the driver package for Windows. Because of the agreement that Intel and Microsoft have always had.
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  8. Posts : 3,429
    EL Capitan
       17 Nov 2015 #8

    Also no one is terminating any support. It is just that Microsoft refuses to work with Realtek, to include their drivers into the driver package.
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  9. Posts : 806
    Windows XP/7/8/8.1/10, Linux, Android, FreeBSD Unix
       18 Nov 2015 #9

    Before bro67 made a reply, I actually thought the NIC in question was a internal card but didn't realize it was USB. Intel doesn't make wireless NIC's in USB from what I know.... Realtek products have always been crap and just cheap. For wired NICs, Intel is the best. For wireless, I think Qualcomm/Atheros is probably the best out there.
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    EL Capitan
       19 Nov 2015 #10

    Almighty1 said: View Post
    Before bro67 made a reply, I actually thought the NIC in question was a internal card but didn't realize it was USB. Intel doesn't make wireless NIC's in USB from what I know.... Realtek products have always been crap and just cheap. For wired NICs, Intel is the best. For wireless, I think Qualcomm/Atheros is probably the best out there.
    Any company can use any chipset that they wish. Realtek & Atheros (Motorola & Ericsson) are considered low power chips. The low power Intel chips used in the i3's and Celerons are always going to be not as great as those that are now the a/b/g/n units.

    I have had no problems with the Intel 7260 mini PCIe cards that are in both laptops. One laptop runs Windows 10, the other Linux Mint 17.2.

    I actually had to do a Reset on my wife's laptop that has 10586. Upgrading from one version to the next is causing some major issues. As usual, Microsoft is writing Beta software that never is finished. All that Microsoft had to do was keep 7 and give people Gui choices. It is to the point that I am about ready to wipe out my wife's laptop and install Linux Mint on it also.
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