Computers, Laptops & Tablets Microsoft Find Wireless Network Adapters in Windows XP Notebooks See if your Windows XP notebook has a built-in adapter Share Pin Email Print Microsoft Microsoft Apple Google Tablets Accessories & Hardware By Bradley Mitchell Writer An MIT graduate who brings years of technical experience to articles on SEO, computers, and wireless networking. our editorial process LinkedIn Bradley Mitchell Updated January 26, 2020 Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP, having released its last update in April 2008. Please consult our guide to network computer adapters for information relevant to modern operating systems and computers. Newer notebook computers ship with pre-installed Wi-Fi wireless network adapters. Verifying the existence of these built-in adapters can be difficult because they're not visible from the computer's exterior. Here's how to find wireless notebook adapters in Windows XP. Open the Start menu and right-click My Computer. Select Properties. In the System Properties dialog box, select Hardware. Select Device Manager to open the Device Manager window showing a list of hardware components installed on the computer. In the Device Manager window, select the + to the left of the Network Adapters icon to display a list of network adapters installed on the computer. To find a wireless network adapter, look for any item that contains these words: WirelessWLANWi-Fi802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n If an adapter does not appear in the list, repeat the previous steps using the PCMCIA adapters list item in Device Manager. Although generally not installed by the manufacturer, some PCMCIA adapters are also wireless network cards. If you are still unable to find the correct network adapter, another issue could be the cause. Learn some facts about network adapters that could help you resolve the problem. Right-click the icon of an installed network adapter, then select Properties to display detailed information about the adapter.Manufacturers choose the names of network adapters, the name can't be changed.If a network adapter is disabled or malfunctioning, it may not appear on the Windows list even though it is installed. Consult the computer manufacturer's documentation if you suspect this situation.