I need help. I can't uninstall the software that comes with the linksys notebook adapter. I get a popup which states the hardware id is missing when the desktop comes up. I tryed to uninstall with add/remove in the control panel and I get a message that an installation support file could not be installed. The system cannot find the file specified.
I was having problems with the adapter and wanted to uninstall and reinstall the software.
I have tryed to delete the the program off the c drive and get the message hardware id is missing.
Can anyone give me some help.
From my experience with stubborn program removals, I go into regedit and search for all instances of the manufacturer name or related terms.
Go to "Start", "run" and type "regedit" to enter the registry.
Reboot system after changes are made. Have access to back-up easily available (how you do that is up to you).
I delete those registery references. This has happened many times when I have uninstalled programs. That has typically corrected the problem. NOTE: please do this carefully, back-up the registry prior to monkeying with it. If you are not comfortable doing this then you are stuck or will need to take it to someone who knows.
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If you have the CD that comes with the adapter then you can try
uninstall Linksys software and install only the drivers of the adapter.
the Linksys Adapter and un-install the Linksys Software from Programs
menu. To re-install the Drivers insert the Linksys Setup CD into your
CD-ROM drive. When the Welcome screen appears click Exit. Connect your
USB adapter to the computer. When the Found new Hardware Wizard window
appears, click Install the software automatically (Recommended) then
click Next. Click Finish when the installation is complete.Try to connect to the wireless network again. See if that works. You
can also download the latest drivers from Linksys website on any other
computer. Save it on a Flash drive and transfer the drivers on your
The problem is that the PCI slot/socket where the wireless adapter is snapped/connected is not not compatible with the adapter. I suppose that the adapter is more more faster than than socket so it can hardly function as it should. I recommend that you return the adapter and get a slower version of the adapter. Make sure that the drivers are properly installed by removing/uninstalling any previous software from the system.
If you are running Windows XP sometimes your linksys software and Windows software conflict and makes connecting to wireless network difficult. Check to see if the linksys software is telling you there is another software used to connect to wireless networks, if so then one needs to be stopped. Also if your drivers are loaded correctly you can see a icon in the taskbar looks like a PC with a red x. Right click it and click view available wireless networks and see if it pick yours up. If all else fails uninstall all drivers and redo from scratch. Sometimes that is the quickest fix.
Usually a new driver will replace the old driver but it may have been corrupted, depending on how you uninstalled it. Did you uninstalled it from the device manager ? For linksys driver issues check out this link: http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support
Those install programs that Linksys uses are terrible. This happens all the time.
You probably can't use the linksys program to install the software on a Windows 2000 machine you should be able to install just the driver you need. I have never used wireless networking on a Win 2000 computer before. Win XP has sotware already built into the operating systems to deal with wireless networking.
Uninstall all Linksys wireless networking software. Restart you computer with the wirless network card install and let Windows search for the correct drivers on the CD.
Please do this first. go to control panel>add/remove programs, uninstall the Linksys Wireless N adapter.DO NOT UNPLUG THE WIRELESS ADAPTER FROM THE PC. Insert the Linksys wireless N adapter cd(DO NOT RUN THE SET UP). If the set up wizard shows up CLICK exit or cancel.Restart the pc with the disc in and the wireless adapter connected. When the pc boots up you will see the found new hardware wizard. Continue with the wizard, Select No not this time, Select install software automatically. If this is successful, your pc should be able to detect your wireless network
Go to device manager. Double click network adapters. The linksys wireless notebook adapter should appear under NETWORK ADAPTERS. If it is there, right click the Linksys Wireless Notebook adapter then click properties, it should show THE DEVICE IS WORKING PROPERLY. If not you need to uninstall and reinstall the device.
I have to say one thing. The best place to find the right product is from there own web site. Go to linksys and get your software and drivers!!! I clicked on (bigg t's) best solution and instantly I was seeing popups. the nerve of some people.