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How to get your Dlink AirPlus G+ DWL-G520+ USB/PCI Wireless Adapter to work with Windows 7

This is a non investment post so for regular readers you might want to skip this. But If you face similar problem do read on.

So far my setup for my AMD Athlon 2 X3 Rig  was good until I try to reuse my DLink DWL-G520+ Wireless PCI Adapter. The thing about these old USB Adapters is that they have reached the End of Life and DLink will not provide drivers for Windows 7.

Try as you might you will not be able to find anything that works. Me too. Until I found this.

Apparently Microsoft didn’t explain to us how some of their troubleshooting compatibility functionality work. What happens is that even though you don’t have drivers compatible with Windows 7, Windows 7 will make them work.

What I did is to make my Windows XP DWL-G520+ Wireless PCI Adapter drivers to work with Windows 7.

If you install your wireless usb adapters normally will click the setup.

However, it failed when I was told to connect the adapter. It came up with a “Driver not installed” error. I missed a screenshot so you will have to take my word for it. the upshot of it was that it was unable to detect the adapter.

In other instances, when you go to Device Manager you will still find your DLink Wireless Adapter as Unknown Network Device.

What you need to do is to run your Dlink Windows XP  Wireless Adapter Setup but not normal way.Right Click on Setup and Choose Troubleshoot Compatibility.

Then Choose Troubleshoot program.


On the next screen, I took the first option. It had indeed worked in earlier versions of Windows.

Next, specified the drivers that were working before. For me it was with Windows XP. You can choose Windows Vista if you can STILL find it.

I then clicked the handy “START THE PROGRAM” button.

Setup will then install the drivers. You should then see that Windows 7 is able to detect the drivers and you will be able to connect via the DLink Wireless Adapter

Thats it! If you will have any problems leave a comment here and i will help you where possible.


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Friday 14th of May 2010

It didn't work for me. Try everything : drivers 3.07, install compatibility with XP, manually install... Nothing works !

it seems to work for the DWL 520 but not the DWL 520+ with the Texas Instrument chipset. The Deutch site D-LINK offers Win7 drv compatblie for the 520 (not+).

Atheros offers a large panel of Win7 compatibles drivers but not for TI chipset.

No D-Link product anymore !


Friday 14th of May 2010

hi all, i uploaded the installation i used here >>

see if u can download and get it to work. tell me also if u cannot download it


Wednesday 12th of May 2010

hmm can you tell me which version or the exact name of the driver you installed?


Wednesday 12th of May 2010

This process didn't work for me. I installed the driver without fix above, after restart, the Wireless Config util won't run. Or at least it runs and does nothing.

I then uninstalled it, reboot and re-installed following instructions above. After reboot, I had same behaviour.

I also have a Belkin USB wireless adapter and while I was able install that driver, and it runs ok, it doesn't detect my wireless network. Not sure why.

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