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Does Windows Server 2012 R2 support WIFI?

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I am trying to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard on a "HP Envy 700-330qe DT (Kaili) P US" desktop PC.  I have successfully loaded the OS on the box, and it does communicate with the LAN and Internet via the wired NIC.  I just recently patched with all the recommended Updates.  I have one problem area:  Under Device Manager, Other, the PC lists the exception "PCI Simple Communications Controller."  When I attempt to update the Broadcom WIFI adapter (using SP70122 downloaded from the HP web site), I get the error message "Error "Update.cpp 1205" has occurred and Setup cannot continue."

I cannot determine the cause of this error or find an alternative driver that will execute without the error.  My theory is that the Device Manager, Other exception relates to the Broadcom WIFI driver.  The Device Manager shows the Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter as installed without exception.  But the status of the adapter is disabled, and attempts to enable it do not succeed.
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Peter Hutchison earned 500 total points
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You need to enable WIFI in the features list on Windows Server first: Wireless LAN Service.

Also, make sure that you are using a Windows 8.1 / 2012 R2 compatible driver. It should it like as a Unknown Network or Ethernet device if no driver is found.
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Many PC's have a button or key combination with which you switch the wireless device on and off. Just use that to turn it on.
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Worked as expected.
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Hi Rindi,  Thanks for this.  I could not find a button or key combination anywhere on the machine.
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