Azlan Mahmud
Have you ever faced a situation, in where you tried to change your DNS, and you realised, you cant, just because of this issue?

In order to configure tcp/ip you must install and enable a network adapter card.

It must be annoying right?

I had this problem on my Dell Inspiron 14R SE (7420) that was running on Windows 8 64-Bit.

After a few trial and errors, I managed to find the solution.

Please make sure you have already downloaded the latest drivers from Intel Driver Update Utility, if you are on an Intel chip.. , download the suitable one for your computer.

1. Hit Windows key + R, enter devmgmt.msc and press OK.

2. In Device Manager, Scroll down until you see Network Adaptors. Expand it. Now, for my case it is the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230.

3. Right Click on Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230 and click Uninstall, do not tick the box that says 'Delete the Driver software for this Device'. Then, press OK.

4. At this point, you will lose your internet connection already, dont be panic.

5. Go to Uninstall or Change a program in the Control Panel, right click your Intel PROSet/Wireless WiFi Software, click change

6. Based on what you see in the above picture, press Remove. Uninstall everything..

7. After you had done removing, if course you still dont have Internet connection, so what do you do is launch the software that you had downloaded earlier from Intel Driver Update Utility, for my version as of this posting is wireless_15.5.7_e64.exe.

8. Just do the usual installation, click on Next, Next, Next, Typical Installation, Next, and it should install itself. 

9. Once everything is done installing, you should see that you can now reconnect to your WiFi.

10. Try to change your DNS once again, this time, the error should not pop up and you can use your preferred DNS. I would recommend using Google DNS.

Sooo. That's it!
20 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    you're a life saver! thank you very much for the detailed explanation!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I just uninstalled all network cards (Ethernet, Wireless and any other virtual ether Ethernet adapters) from device manager (Not deleting the drivers)
    Then scanned for hardware changes and it installed what it needed again .
    2 Mins - sorted

  3. Anonymous Says:

    thanx mann...
    with ur help and that anonymous with "i just uninstalled all..." one i got rid of this headache.... :)

  4. hi !!!...

    man, really thanx.. i was playing with it last 3 months.. and going to pay almost 500 rs. for sorting this problem...

    thanx brother !!!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Worked great!

  6. karthik.G Says:

    Bro your solution worked like a charm, thanks bro

  7. karthik.G Says:

    Bro your solution worked like a charm

  8. kpdriscoll Says:

    Life saver! After last round of Win8.1 updates all my network interfaces got wonky. Wouldn't release IP addresses, etc. This fixed it. Thanks :)

  9. The Game Says:

    Great Work Good Have The Internet Back

  10. Anonymous Says:

    You are truly a life saver, thank you very much!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Now I Get a code 31 ... The device is not working properly because windows cannot load the drivers required for this device.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    The error can also be caused from corruption resulting from "duplicate" instances of the same network adapter especially USB WiFi dongles redetected as new hardware if plugged into a different USB port.

    Persistent errors can be fixed downloading the UpdateReadiness tool designed to repair wide ranging problems without obligation to execute an Windows upgrade.

    The download isn't chintzy currently weighing 500+MB to be downloaded while in town instead of AoL at the monastery.
    Vista - Windows7 try:

    Server 2012/r2 and Windows 8 - 8.1r2 are repaired best if verified while remaining online:

    Microsofts fragile networking stack is designed for the cutting edge of 1998 when internally bolted network adapters weren't subject to frequent removals and reinstallations unimproved from stale architectural problems like this known since Windows 2000.

  13. Unknown Says:

    Obrigado pela ajuda. consegui resolver o meu problema gra├žas a sua ajuda. thank you very much

  14. Unknown Says:

    the problem is remaining same, can you please help me

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks a lot... this really works

  16. Unknown Says:

    Thanqu so much brother

  17. Anonymous Says:

    Man ! You rock !

    I have just got the best advice ever....

  18. Anonymous Says:

    I just left the Intel pro set uninstalled.
    Thank your so much!

  19. Anonymous Says:

    What a star. Looked everywhere for a solution and it was that straightforward. Many thanks.

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks man! This is the right combination to solve this problem!