Checking Wireless or Network Adapter Driver Status Easily in Windows 10

Let me quickly show you how to check the network adapter driver in Windows 10 here, be it wired or wireless adapter. Basically you need to have this driver installed correctly so that you can connect the computer or laptop to the network.

1) First, log on to Windows 10 as an administrator and right click the Start button and click on the Device Manager.
Windows 10 device manager
Note: You will get following prompt if you are not logged on as administrator, and you have read only access as a standard user. If possible, log on as administrator to check the network adapter driver status.
standard user prompt in Windows 10
2) Device Manager window will appear, scroll down and click on Network adapters . Here you will find a list of network related adapters, and you can go ahead to click on the network adapter which you would like to learn about the driver status.

As an example here, I clicked on my wireless adapter, Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter, then right click and click on Properties.

Note: You can also use other options (Update Driver Software, Disable, Uninstall, Scan for hardware changes) as needed too.
wired or wireless network adapter
3) Immediately the Properties of the wireless adapter will be shown, and it shows that The device is working properly in General tab. It means the wireless adapter driver is installed and working correctly. If it doesn’t work well, you will be shown that This device is not working properly message.
check wireless adapter driver
4) Go ahead to click the Advanced tab if this is wireless adapter, here you can further manipulate the wireless adapter settings, such as 20/40 Coexistance, 40MHz Intolerant, 802.11n Preamble, Antenna Diversity, Assoc Listen Interval, Bandwidth Capability, Bluetooth Collaboration, etc.
advanced wireless adapter properties
5) If you click the Driver tab, you could then check the driver details, update, roll back, disable or uninstall the driver.
Windows 10 wireless adapter driver properties
6) Let’s click on Power Management tab too, here you can check the box to Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power or Allow this device to wake the computer if it’s supported.
Windows 10 wireless adapter power management

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