1.    21 Jun 2017 #1
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    W10 Reinstalls a WiFi Adapter that I uninstalled in Device Properties


    I use Windows 10 on my Dell Inspiron One 2330. I have installed an external Netgear 802.11ac Adapter. There is some conflict between the Dell adapter and the new adapter. I can go into device properties and uninstall the Dell Adapter from the system. It then no longer shows in adapter settings or available networks. WiFi works OK. However, when I restart my PC the Dell adapter returns.

    How can I prevent this from happening? Thanks
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  2.    21 Jun 2017 #2
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    If the Dell adapter came with the computer you should be able to disable it in the BIOS. Windows enumerates the hardware available from the BIOS entries which usually is why it keeps showing up. You might get by simply by Disabling it in Device Manager to keep Windows from using it rather than uninstalling it there.
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  3.    21 Jun 2017 #3
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    Thanks Berton. I'll delete it from Bios. My new adapter is ac capable while the Dell supports only b and g. Sometimes I connect at 868 Mbps and sometimes 130 Mbps. I'm want to connect at the high speed all of the time.
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  4.    21 Jun 2017 #4
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    I have an external USB Netgear A6210 ac adapter.
    All I have to do is disable the Internal Card either from the Network Connections, or in the Device Manager, or the notification box by clicking on the Network Icon.

    Both drivers are always installed.

    There is no BIOS/UEFI switch on mine.
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  5.    21 Jun 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by donb8637 View Post
    Thanks Berton. I'll delete it from Bios. My new adapter is ac capable while the Dell supports only b and g. Sometimes I connect at 868 Mbps and sometimes 130 Mbps. I'm want to connect at the high speed all of the time.
    Those speeds are probably in Kbps, fastest I've ever seen in my area on Cable/Broadband is 60Mbps. Most computers with onboard Wireless are 802.11b/g/n with 802.11ac being the newest of the last few years.
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  6.    22 Jun 2017 #6
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    You need to go into the bios and disable the onboard wifi mini-PCIe card or just disable it from the network properties.
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  7.    22 Jun 2017 #7
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    On my computers with dual network adapters I have found it easier to leave both of them installed and enabled. Under the Windows 10 network settings, I just don't give the old adapter the password to the WiFi so it doesn't connect. I set the new adapter to automatically connect and it does instead and I always get the faster speed of the new WiFi adapter (which is USB). WiFi is my old, internal network adapter, WiFi 2 is my new dual band USB adapter:Click image for larger version. 

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