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Wifi adapter turns off on shutdown and does not turn on at startup.

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Compaq CQ60-419WM
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

I am attempting to upgrade an old laptop to send to a deserving student in a 3rd world country.  The Compaq Presario CQ60-WM has shown this behavior since a fresh reset/re-install of Windows 10-64 bit.  On startup, the Wifi setting in control panel is "Off", and the hardware radio switch glows orange (off).  It is necessary to toggle the Wifi setting in control panel to "On" and bring up the network list by clicking on the wifi symbol on the taskbar, then selecting the "WiFi" button before I am able to activate the radio hardware switch on the face of the laptop.  Having done this, the wifi adapter comes on and connection is made.

How can I avoid all this and simply have the wifi become active at startup?  I have reset/reinstalled the OS, deselected the power saving option in the Wifi Adapter dialogue in Device manager, installed another Wifi adapter card, reset the BIOS to defaults, all without success.  Drivers have all been updated.  This seems clearly a software issue at startup: is there an incompatible subroutine or registry setting?  This was not happening before the reset/reinstall of Windows 10.


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@RichardSWFL Welcome to HP Community!


I understand that the Wifi adapter turns off on shutdown and does not turn on at startup.


Here's a guided troubleshooter that will help fix this issue: Click here 

Try these steps: 


Go to Device manager > select the WIFI drivers under network adapter> Right click go to properties  > Under properties go to Power Management Tab> Uncheck  "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". 


If issue persists, continue with the below steps: 

  • If your computer has a wireless key or button on or near the keyboard and the wireless activity light is off or amber in color, then press the key or button to enable your wireless adapter. This key might be the F10 key, F12 key or labeled with a symbol of an airplane. 

  • If wireless activity comes on or the activity light turns blue, you have enabled wireless on your system. Try connecting to the Internet again. If problems persist, continue using these steps. 

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