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I have a pc that needs a usb wifi dongle to use internet, yet my main one has failed. I have 2 other ones, a dell 1450 Dual-Band Wireless USB adapter, and a Linksys Compact Wireless-G with SpeedBooster. They are both from 2006 and of course, their driver cd's are 32bit. I have tried installing 64bit windows XP drivers on them with no success. I am using Windows 10 Home 64-bit. Any suggestions?
 
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Short answer.... buy a new dongle that has W10 x64 drivers :)

IMHO and years of experience, both Dell and Linksys adapters suck wallah balls anyways....been there, done that, neva again !

Using XP drivers on W10 = a clusterf*uck in the making and is NOT a solution.....you will most likely pull out every single hair on your head, armpits AND genital areas before you get them working correctly without borking your OS install :)
 
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On top of what @bonehead123 said, you can find really cheap Wireless N USB adapters online. I bought two for my WCG / Ubuntu rigs for less than $15 each.
 
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Weirdly windows 10 identifies the Linksys device as a serial port device and not a network adapter
 
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i never install the wireless drivers, but i believe windows acquires drivers of their own from M$ update, and of course, you need a internet connection in the meantime for that to happen. i use an Ethernet cable , then power on with the Dingle plugged in, and let M$ do its thing, then restart & it works....but these are newer than 2006, and again, i have the option to use Ethernet in the installation. maybe if you have the option to use ethernet you can try this.
 
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Weirdly windows 10 identifies the Linksys device as a serial port device and not a network adapter
Check hardware properties, the hardware id then google it to find the right driver
 
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Check hardware properties, the hardware id then google it to find the right driver
the site I used provides tons of info on networking hardware and has that driver listed that includes many other HWIDs. Might even have the other mentioned Linksys one
 

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definitely upgrade to a newer wifi device, you can get wifi N adaptors for $10 - and unlike b/g devices they wont screw with your bandwidth/other devices
 
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