Friday, April 23, 2010

Windows updates disable my Wifi

I have an Intel WiFi Link 5300 AGN wireless card in my Laptop.

I just downloaded a big batch of Windows updates and when my computer rebooted I couldn't connect to the network. My Wifi card was disabled in the Device Manager.

What the heck is up with that? This is exactly why I hate applying Windows updates to my computers. They very frequently cause problems. But you need to get them to help protect your computer from security threats.

Luckily, and by pure chance, I had downloaded fresh drivers from the Intel site recently. So I ran the setup and my wireless came back.

One time I ran Windows update and it ruined Office. Which in turn ruined IE and Outlook. One of the Office files had gotten corrupted....ahh...this is one of those things I should have blogged about right after it happened.

I couldn't find my stupid office CD's to re-install. (Move several times, change computers, put your software in various boxes in storage, this is what happens) None of my friends or contacts had the same version of Office; I needed retail, they had business. So in order to get my computer back I ended up going to the torrent sites.

Computers suck. How is your avg person supposed to be able to deal with this kind of problem without paying for hours of tech support, or getting another retail copy?


Marf said...

It was only trying to protect you. The best way to avoid getting viruses from the internet is to not be connected to the internet!

Anonymous said...

Computers suck! LOL That's funny, the average person hopefully has a web doc as a friend.;+) I'm still laughing at the computers suck part. Welcome to my world the average lame person. Oh well such is Life.


Techwiz said...

Yes, I remember the old days when we had computers that weren't connected to the internet.

Going back to that status would probably help Microsoft out a lot, wouldn't it? No competition from Google for instance.

Marf said...

But then you couldn't use Bing, either.

Techwiz said...

Does anyone use Bing now? I don't.

Marf said...

I don't really use it, but that's because I'm so entrenched in Google.