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Problems with Wireless Driver on Windows Server

I’ve been diligently working on configuring a Service Fabric cluster (for more insights into the technology, feel free to delve into Service Fabric). To accomplish this, I repurposed some older laptops that were lying around and successfully installed Windows Server 2016. However, when attempting to install WiFi drivers for network and internet access, I encountered the persistent error message, “A service installation section in this inf is invalid.”

After some investigation, I discovered that Windows Server doesn’t come pre-equipped with the Wireless LAN Service installed. To enable WiFi functionality on Windows Server, it’s necessary to install this service, a task easily accomplished through a PowerShell command. Begin by opening a PowerShell prompt, ensuring it runs with administrator privileges. Execute the following command:

Add-WindowsFeature -Name Wireless-Networking

Following the execution of this command, restart your machine before proceeding to install the WiFi driver. It might be necessary to undergo an additional machine restart after the driver installation to establish a connection to a WiFi network—this was the case for me.

With these steps completed, you should now have the ability to connect to a WiFi network seamlessly.

After these you have to use following command:

Add-WindowsFeature *wireless*

And then

net start WlanSCV

You should be able to connect now to Wireless Network on Windows Server

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