Q: What actions are needed for installing Plugable USB Ethernet adapters when upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8?
Note: these instructions only apply to traditional Intel/AMD based Windows, not Windows RT
A: When upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, if you have our USB2-E100, it is supported with no additional actions needed as Windows 8.1 has the driver built-in. This also applies if you have our UD-160-A USB 2.0 Universal Docking Station.
For our USB2-E1000 or USB3-E1000, you will want to be connected to the Internet to allow the Microsoft Windows Update program to automatically install the latest driver for both of our gigabit network adapters. We strongly recommend when upgrading to Windows 8.1 to select the option “Go online to install updates now (recommended)” at the beginning of the upgrade process.
For a clean install of 8.1 without upgrading, a preexisting Internet connection will be needed for Windows Update to automatically install our USB2-E1000 or USB3-E1000.
Also, while the Windows Update drivers function without any issues, we recommend downloading the latest drivers from ASIX for our USB3-E1000 for the best performance: Version 126.96.36.199