This problem is taking a lot longer solved for multiple reasons. The hard drive was failing so I cloned it with Casper. That took forever because I downloaded the PE on a T1 but I digress. The hard drive replacement was installed but the same wifi not connecting issues still occurred. I deleted the driver. THen upgraded the driver from 2011 to 2015 and tested on another hot spot. That didn't help.
I used a PE environment with a boot CD and the wifi connects fine. Safe mode with networking does the same things. I'm exhausted. I hope there's answers by morning otherwise I'm going to wipe.
PS LAN gives an APIPA IP. ping 127.0.0.1 and I get errors.