WiFi: who is to blame: Windows 8 or Intel

    After the release of Windows 8, I, like many, bought a license for my Dell Vostro laptop.
    I quickly got used to the interface and I really liked it. Except for one: from time to time there were freezes that were not associated with any programs. The war was not for life, but to death. Long tests, a bunch of solutions found - nothing helped. Even the official appeal in support of Microsoft did not give any solution.

    The laptop hangs in three ways:
    1) The interface works, more precisely, the mouse crawls and shows the edging on the buttons. However, any actions lead to software freezes.
    2) The screen does not wake up - shows black after opening the cover.
    3) After passing the Windows logo when the system boots from hibernation or hibernation, the system freezes as in option 2.

    In all cases, the hard disk indicator stops blinking at all.

    When the freezes became very indecent and at the wrong time I was ready to roll back to Windows 7, because there was no such problem ...

    But first I decided to conduct a series of experiments.

    Each time, after each freeze, I disconnected one device.

    I tried a lot, starting from turning off the dual-core processor emulation and ending with the usual Bluetooth (which I didn’t use in principle).
    The last thing I guessed, it was WiFi from Intel.

    Four days, the flight is normal. Not a single hang. Quiet exit from hibernation and sleep mode. Work from the wire ...

    Inspiration did not come immediately. And yesterday I climbed to study the problem on the Intel site ...

    Windows 8 does not support Intel ProSet - creating, editing, and deleting WiFi profiles. Which is convenient. When upgrading from Windows 7 to Eight, everyone has a requirement to remove this application.
    It's a shame, annoying, but okay ...

    But later there are problems because ... Intel has not released drivers for Windows 8 for its WiFi cards built into the laptop.
    Even on the Intel website, if there are drivers indicating that they are supposedly suitable for Windows 8, you cannot select Windows 8 from the list of operating systems.

    The solution to this problem? Disassemble the laptop and insert a card from another manufacturer, or use an external WiFi card, or a wire, as I did.
    It is a pity that the laptop turns into a semi-stationary, however, this allows us to work under Windows 8 in the future and wait for a patch that solves the problem.

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