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Qualcomm Atheros AR9285 + Windows 10 Issue [Resolved]

So, I installed Windows 10 after reading about it and getting over the insane amount of data Windows mines from you. I figured that most companies do something like this and Microsoft just so happens to be quite candid about it -- after it was brought to light by someone on a site which shall not be named (I'm sure those of you who know can guess).

Be that as it may, my Lenovo G580 stopped being able to reach the Internet and I clicked on my WiFi was grayed out and could not, would not connect to my wireless connection no matter what I did.

Luckily I managed to resolve it through a workaround. So, if you're stuck then you should just follow the instructions. This should work for any WiFi connectivity issue (you just have to download the drivers that pertain to your particular WiFi hardware model. Mine just happens to be the Qualcomm Atheros AR9285.

First, uninstall the current drivers in your system.
  1. Go to your network connections and right-click for properties for your WiFi adapter.
  2. Then click on 'Configure'
  3. Then go to the 'Driver' tab, Select 'Uninstall', then make sure that the 'Delete drivers' checkbox is ticked and click on 'Ok'.
  4. If you did it right, you should not have the WiFi adapter showing in your Network Connections.
  5. Reboot! (Or restart, if you prefer.)
  6. Reinstall the drivers. Find the driver that appropriate driver for your computer and take the Latest Compatible version. What that means is if your driver is compatible with Windows 8.1, take that. If it's Windows 8, take that. If not, then Windows 7... and so on and so forth.

    For those of you who have a Lenovo machine, you can grab your driver from their website ( Search for your machine and appropriate driver.

    Note: Please make sure you download the proper driver for your system (i.e. 32-bit vs 64-bit).
  7. Navigate to your downloaded *.exe file, right-click it and choose 'Compatibility' then select Windows 8 (should actually already be selected).

  8. Then click on 'OK' and right-click the install file and 'Run as Administrator'

  9. Let the thing install. Then reboot! (Or restart, if you prefer.)
  10. That ought to do it! Your WiFi should be working just find and dandy.


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