Alright, so some background nformation to start off with. I was just recently forced into updating to windows 8.1. Now, I've been having wifi connection issues since the beginning of the year, but it seems to have taken off exponentially since the update. I'm currently using my college's wifi, as its the only free wifi near me and I'm pretty poor, so I can't just get my own. That means, no hard wire Internet or the ability to reset the wifi router. That shouldn't matter though, as my iPad (what I'm currently writing on) has no issues connecting to the Internet at all. The college wifi uses a unique VPN system to log people onto a specific account to keep track of who is using the wifi etc. if they were just screwing with me by shutting off my connection, it would affect my iPad as well, as they both use the same account, but again, iPad has no issues. I actually have two adapters; I thought at first that the onboard wifi adapter my desktop came with was just really shitty (seeing as how desktops rarely come with onboard wifi nowadays) and I ended up buying a USB wifi adapter to try and see if that fixed the issue. It did not. ( I only have one running at a time, the onboard is usually disabled unless I'm using it when the new one doesnt seem to be working- and yes, both their drivers are completely up to date.) Eventually, usually anywhere from a whole minute to a couple hours after booting up my computer, the wifi starts going nuts- the adapter resets a couple of times, flash based video crashes, etc. etc. and then the wifi just quits. When I try to load a page or refresh there's just an instantaneous "can't connect" message that shows up- as if no effort went into trying to connect at all. Sometimes the message says I'm not connected to a network at all, even if the icon on the task bar says there's no issues with my connection. I've tried countless fixes- all drivers are up to date, troubleshooting just resets the adapters (which rarely ever fixes the problem; either tells me the default gateway isn't available or dns isn't working or my adapters don't have a valid IP address without fixing any problems) restarting the computer doesn't usually do anything, and trying to manually reset the ip (via command prompt or adapter settings in the network area under control panel) doesn't help either. (Set that back to automatically obtain after I messed with it. Still didn't fix it.) I'm at my wits end here- it's been months of off-on wifi stability and I kind of need Internet access for school work, and yet no one out there seems to have quite the same issues as me. Any help at all would be welcome at this point. I don't know if this is related either, but when I use my USB adapter, it occasionally just stops working at random times, and further research showed that the 'Texas instruments USB 3.0 handler by Microsoft' stopped working- I fixed that by uninstalling/reinstalling though, and it hasn't been an issue since- not that the USB wifi adapter started to work afterwards. That's still not working right.