Thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter in Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SVTmaniac, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. SVTmaniac macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2013
    I recently purchased a new Haswell rMBP for my wife for her work. I installed Windows 7 on it and everything works great as far as that goes. Unfortunately her work required her to use Ethernet at the office so I picked up a Thunderbolt - Ethernet adapter. I downloaded the drivers and installed it and it does work, but you have to have the adapter plugged in to the Macbook whenever Windows boots. If you plug it in after Windows has loaded then it will not recognize the adapter at all.

    I've done a lot of searching and this seems to be a common issue and I can't seem to find a remedy for this. I refuse to believe that there is no fix for this? I could just buy a usb - ethernet adapter but then she will lose one of the only two usb ports on the computer.

    Please tell me someone has found a fix for this?
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    It's a Thunderbolt issue. Nothing you can do about it except plug in the adapter before turning the computer on or using a USB connection.
  3. SVTmaniac, Nov 14, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2013

    SVTmaniac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2013
    That's what I was afraid of. Thanks for the answer.
  4. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    It's not a Thunderbolt issue, it's a Windows "issue". Unlike OS X Windows does not support the hot plug capabilities (so no issue, just not supporting every TB feature). Windows sees it as any ordinary PCIe card. That means you have to connect it before powering on the machine and you can only disconnect it after powering off the machine.

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