Operating System: Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
For whatever reason, the wireless adapter on several laptops become disabled (by something other than the hard switch). It's either the powersettings shutting them off, code turning them off if the laptop is hardwired, or some other reason.
The problem I'm trying to address is how to enable the adapter if the person using the laptop is a standard user and the laptop has UAC turned on. Enabling it by right clicking on the disabled network adapter and selecting enable won't work because it require elevation. Likewise, going to the device manager won't work either because that will also require elevation.
Is there some way to trick windows 7 to turn the wireless adapter back on?
Right now the only way to fix it is to get a hardwire connection and remote into the laptops and use the local administrative credentials to activate them. Short of giving them the administrative credentials, I can't think of a way to accomplish this.