I just installed Windows 7 Professional tonight (gained access to the software from MSDNAA) and everything went without a hitch until I got to trying to use my Intel 4965 card. I found the driver and software from the Intel site for Windows Vista, 32 bit and installed the driver first (maybe I should reveal that W7 actually knew how to use the card fine 'out of the box' as I was connected to my wireless network immediately after install). Anyway, when I installed the PROset software afterwards, I looked for the familiar "fan" signal icon in the systray and it wasn't there. I figured maybe I had to activate that wireless manager as it appeared as Windows was still running the show.
Over an hour later I am at my wit's end. I have gone into the network settings multiple times, right clicked the systray icon for the wireless network... everything - yet I cannot disable the Windows wireless manager to get the PROset working. What's worse, I can't even find the PROset configuration utility. I can see the Start Menu group but it only gives me "Wifi Advanced Statistics" and "Wifi Manual Diagnostics". It's the same thing when I go to PROset in the control panel. I reinstalled the software file a second time and there's no change. The file was obtained from: http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=17753&ProdId=2753&lang=eng.
This is so frustrating, as I LOVE using the PROset utility (that's why I bought the card). I searched windows help for a long time before I found information about the wireless manager - but all it says is that network cards often install and run their own software and then gives instructions on how to re-enable Windows managment. I was able to use that information to confirm that Windows is indeed the wireless manager.
So, is it that the Vista 32bit software package is not appropriate for W7 (everything else is) or am I missing something? There's no information that I can find using Google because W7 is so new. The only thing I could find was from http://www.intel.com/support/wireless/wlan/sb/CS-030472.htm that says "What if I have Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility installed on my PC that I am going to upgrade to Windows* 7?
First uninstall the Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiFi Connection Utility. Then upgrade to Windows 7, which will automatically install the new wireless driver." which I found strange because it goes from talking about the connection utility to just saying the driver will be installed.
Any help would be appreciated - I already hate the windows wireless management with a passion because I can't select anything else to use.