Setting up nForce in Windows 7

I’ve recently installed Windows 7 on my main PC, removing the old Vista install. While doing this I had some issues getting my on-board nVIDIA nForce 6 network drivers working, and from looking around the internet, I am not alone.

The solution that eventually worked for me is as follows:

  1. Shut down your PC and turn it off at the mains for ~20 seconds.
  2. Turn your PC back on and boot into Windows, it should now be able to see and use your nForce network adapters to access the internet, however if you restart Windows you will find that the adapters become disabled again.
  3. To solve this, go to the nVIDIA website and download the correct nForce drivers for your motherboard, and then install them (you will only be able to install the network drivers if Windows is currently able to use the adapters, so if they are disabled, you will need to repeat step 1 before continuing).
  4. Reboot your PC and you should now find that your network adapters are working, and will also continue to work after you restart your PC.
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