Initally, I was able to solve the problem simply by clicking on "Network adapters" and choosing "scan for hardware changes". The Wireless Network Adapter would reappear in the list and I'd be able to connect to my network. However, this morning I tried this and it did not work - after scanning for new hardware, the Wireless Network Adapter was still missing. I did a system restore and that solved the problem.
This afternoon, I booted up my computer and again the adapter was missing. Scanning for hardware changes failed to help. I went to do a system restore, but was shocked when I was told that no restore points existed. I never disabled system restore, and just this morning there were ten or so restore points. I decided to try installing the adapter by doing "Add Legacy Hardware". I did not see a PCI express wireless adapter in the list to manually choose from, but there was one called "802.11b/g/n PCI Wireless Network Adapter" and one just "802.11b/g/n Wireless Network Adapter". I tried installing both of these and after doing so, they appear in the device manager list, but both are "not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required (code 31)". I also decided to try un-installing and re-installing the "Microsoft 6to4 adapter" (not sure what that is). I uninstalled it and, as expected, it disappeared from the device manager list, but after re-installing it, although I get no errors during the re-installation process, it does not re-appear in device manager.
Any help with this would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Edit: I forgot to mention, I'm running Windows Vista.
Edited by Aiwendil42, 18 April 2011 - 12:25 PM.