How to enable Wireless Networking on Windows Server 2008 R2

Just for my reminding, as I always forget these steps:

By default, WiFi connection is disabled in Windows Server 2008 R2, kind of "locked down", for security reasons (Windows Server is supposed to be running on a server, not in a PC).

But in my case, I run Windows Server 2008 R2 on my laptop (HP Elitebook 8540w), so...

To enable support for wireless networking:

  • Open Server Manager
  • Select Features in the left pane
  • Select Add Features
  • Select the check box next to Wireless LAN Service
  • Press the Install button to confirm your selection
Comments (9)

  1. VIdeo Enable Wireless Networking on Windows Server 2008 R2 says:

    VIdeo Enable Wireless Networking on Windows Server 2008 R2

  2. Pratap says:

    Thanks — works perfectly in windows server 2008 R2

  3. oba says:

    Thanks. Work perfectly. You have been of great help.

  4. Khan says:

    Thanks a lot. You have saved our live….

    I asked my professional who know as Windows expert… They explained me everything accept the solution


  5. toto says:

    i'm having same problem after adding role, please help

  6. Srini says:


    Wierd problem for me. After i add the WLAn service and start the service using services.msc, i still can't see wifi adapter in network settings. please help.

  7. Johny says:

    Mystery solved! Just a shame that I had to reboot into W7 to get to Internet to solve this chicken&egg problem. 😀


  8. S says:

    Thanks for posting.  I always forget how to do this since I don't do it that often.  Just what I was looking for!

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