How come the wireless card in my computer that was previously running Windows ME and now running Windows 2000 does not work?

by on August 8, 2011

Q: I bought an old Disktop COMPAQ Presario with a ME OS, there was to much junk. So I put in a new OS, Windows 2000 Pro. And installed a Generic wireless card. The system see’s it! but doesn’t know what to do with it. I go into setting’s and there is no wireless connections, I do have broadband, but I can’t seem to pick it up on this computer there is no broadband settings. I tired to download intel, proset wifi, but it comes up with a box that says your computer has not been modified. ???? what needs to be done, to get wireless broadband. Anyone Know?


One Response to “How come the wireless card in my computer that was previously running Windows ME and now running Windows 2000 does not work?”
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    Microsoft hasn’t built in Wireless support to operating systems before Windows XP, so many wireless cards don’t fully support working in old operating systems like Windows 2000.

    The vendor needs to write very special software for wireless cards to work correctly in Windows 2000. Since this OS isn’t supported by Microsoft anymore and barely used, most vendors don’t bother writing the software.

    So you have two options:
    1. Upgrade to at least Windows XP
    2. Check the website for the wireless card vendor and see if the card officially supports Windows 2000. If yes, download and install the special Windows 2000 drivers and read the instructions.