After upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on one of my laptops, I noticed that even though I was connected to the internet (via hotel wireless), the Windows Store didn’t seem to think I had any internet connection at all.
Opening the Windows Store would result in this page.
No proxy information was necessary for the internet hotel connection, but I did have to accept the hotel EULA before the hotel network quarantine handed me a valid IP. My assumption here, is that my poor little Intel(R) Centrino(R) Advanced-N 6205 wireless card just got stressed out and confused in the process. I decided to disable and re-enable the little guy to see if that would clear things up.
To do this open PowerShell as an Administrator
First things first, I had to get the names of my wireless network adapter to make sure I was fixing the right problem.
To do this type ‘Get-NetAdapter –Name *’ in the PS window.
This returns a list of network adapter names.
In my case, my wireless network adapter is named ‘Wi-Fi’.
So then I verified what command I needed to use to Disable and Enable my ‘Wi-Fi’ network adapter with the Get-Help NetAdapter command.
Combining the Disable-NetAdapter cmdlet with my wireless card’s name gives me this command.
‘Disable-NetAdapter –Name ‘Wi-Fi’’
And I then re-enable the adapter the same way.
‘Enable-NetAdapter –Name ‘Wi-Fi’’
I verified my laptop was back on the internet by going to www.bing.com, and then tried opening the Windows Store again.
Success. My network card is no longer confused.