Most TP-LINK network adapters are compatible with Windows 8. To see the detailed compatibility list, please
This FAQ contains 3 parts:
Part 1: How to install TP-LINK network adapters on Windows 8;
Part 2: After a successful installation, how to connect to the wireless network;
Part 3: What should I do if I have already installed the TP-LINK CD or the utility.
Part 1: How to install
Due to that Windows 8 has integrated with many adapter drivers, most TP-LINK network adapters can be
Plug & Play.When you plug a Plug & Play adapter into a computer with Windows 8, the system will popup
a window as below:
When the installation process is finished, this window will be closed automatically.
If the adapter is successfully installed, there are some symbols:
1. The LED light on the adapter is flashing.
2. Unplug the network cable from your computer, you may find the wireless network connection icon at the right
bottom corner of the screen. And if you click on it, you can see the wireless network list.
3. Right click Computer on your desktop, click Manage to open the window Computer Management and find
Device Manager. Then click Network Adapters, and you’ll find the adapter you just installed.
NOTE: If you are not an administrator, you will be prompted to type an administrator password, and then click Yes.
If the adapter is not installed successfully, you will find the uninstalled network adapter in the Other devices:
If the Windows 8 automatic installation fails, please double check the compatibility list and download the Windows 8
driver from the list, then you can follow this guide to install the driver manually.
Part 2: After a successful installation, how to connect to the wireless network
Step 1: Find the wireless icon at the right bottom corner of the screen, and click on it.
Step 2: In the pop-up window, select your wireless network and click Connect.
It is recommended to tick “Connect automatically”.
Step 3: Type in the right wireless password (The password is often called security key or network key, which is
created by your wireless modem/router. If you have no idea about it, please contact the wireless modem/router's
tech support).Then click Next.
Step 4: Select Yes or No according to your needs.
Then the computer should be successfully connected to the wireless network, the wireless icon and the wireless
network list will be as below:
Part 3: What to do when you misused the CD or utility.
Current TP-LINK adapter utility is not compatible with windows 8. All of the utilities can be installed on Windows 8
RTM but can’t be running successfully, error message below will pop up:
We also haven't released any TP-LINK official driver for Windows 8. So it is NOT recommended to install the utility
and driver from TP-LINK CD, if you have accidently installed go through the CD and installed the utility, please
follow the steps below to uninstall them.
Step 1: Open the Control Panel, and click Uninstall a program.
Or you can press the windows button, right click the icon of the TP-LINK utility,
then click uninstall at the bottom menu.
Step 2: Find the TP-LINK utility, right click on it, and then click Uninstall.
Follow the uninstall program and finish the process, then you can use the built-in program of Windows 8 to
If there are any further problems, please feel free to contact TP-LINK support.