When your Windows 10 Wi-Fi is not working, it is one of the most frustrating problems you can encounter. Given that modern computing is based on a web connection, disconnecting from the internet can bring your productivity to a compelling halt.
Read on to learn how to fix the 10 most common Wi-Fi problems in Windows 10.
- 1.Wi-Fi Connected but No Internet
- 2.Windows 10 Doesn’t Connect to Wireless Network
- 3.Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration
- 4. Finding a Wi-Fi Password in Windows 10
- 5.Windows 10 Wi-Fi Driver Issues
- 6.Wireless Network Not Found
- 7.Forget Wi-Fi Network in Windows 10
- 8.Windows 10 Keeps Wi-Fi Disconnected
- 9.Your Firewall Prevents Connecting to the Network
- 10.Your Antivirus Prevents Connecting to the Network
1.Wi-Fi Connected but No Internet
Sometimes, Windows claims that you are connected to the internet and the connection is secure, but you cannot access the web. Normally, the problem is caused by a bad TCP / IP stack, IP address, or DNS client resolver cache.
First, try running Windows’ local Network Troubleshooting tool. You can find this in Settings> Update & security> Troubleshoot> internet connections .
If that doesn’t work, open Command Prompt and type the following commands. Press Enter after each command :
- netsh winsock reset
- ipconfig /release
- netsh int ip reset
- ipconfig /renew
- ipconfig /flushdns
2.Windows 10 Doesn’t Connect to Wireless Network
If you see a message stating that Windows 10 cannot connect to this network while trying to establish a network connection , your network adapter is likely to be the culprit.
The best solution is to uninstall the driver for the network adapter and let Windows reinstall it automatically.
Follow the steps below to complete the process:
- Press Windows key + X and click Device Manager .
- Right click on the network adapter and select Uninstall .
- If prompted, click Delete the driver software for this device .
- Restart your machine and Windows will automatically reinstall the driver.
3.Wi-Fi Doesn’t Have A Valid IP Configuration
If you see the Wi-Fi Does Not Configure a valid IP message, you should start by entering the four network commands listed earlier.
If the problem persists and your Wireless network is still not working in Windows 10, there are two more steps you can take.
Changing the Network Name and Password
Some users reported that changing their network’s name and password fixed the issue.
Adjusting the Channel Width of the Wireless Network
Routers can broadcast their networks on different channels without being too technical. If too many routers are using the same channel nearby, the airwaves can become messy.
Sign in to your router’s portal and find the channel setting. If possible, set it to Automatic . If it doesn’t have the automatic setting, try a few different channels and see if the issue goes away.
4. Finding a Wi-Fi Password in Windows 10
If you’ve bought a new router (or just bought a new one by your ISP), you should always spend time changing the default name and password of the network. It is a good practice in terms of security.
Follow the steps below:
- Right click on the Network icon in the Taskbar .
- Select Open Network Internet Settings .
- In the new window, click Change adapter options .
- Right click on your wireless connection and select Status .
- Click on Wireless Properties .
- Click the Security tab.
- Check the checkbox next to Show Characters .
5.Windows 10 Wi-Fi Driver Issues
If you’re having Wi-Fi driver issues in Windows 10, there are a few other steps you can try. Try updating the Windows 10 driver or roll back to a previous version.
Follow the steps below to update your wireless driver:
- Right click on Start Menu .
- Click on Device Manager .
- Expand the drop-down menu under Network Adapters .
- Right click on your adapter and select Properties .
- Click on the Driver tab.
- Choose one Update Driver or Restore Driver .
If Windows cannot find an updated driver automatically, you should be able to find the driver on the manufacturer’s website.
6.Wireless Network Not Found
If your Windows machine cannot find your Wi-Fi network, do some basic troubleshooting checks before proceeding. Is the router turned on? Are you in the coverage area of the network?
If the answer to both of these questions is yes, the next step is to try updating and / or reinstalling the driver for the network adapter. We showed you how to do this.
Finally, you can try changing the region of your Wireless adapter. Easy to do, just use the guide below:
- Press Windows key + R.
- Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter .
- Expand the Network Adapters section.
- Right click on the name of your network adapter.
- Select Properties .
- Click on the Advanced tab.
- Highlight Country and Region .
- Select the entry based on your location.
Note: Not all network adapters have access to Country and Region properties.
7.Forget Wi-Fi Network in Windows 10
Sometimes, you just need your machine to forget a Wi-Fi network. Perhaps you have a new router, or you are clearly leveraging old networks that you once connected to but no longer use.
It’s easy to forget a Wi-Fi network in Windows 10:
- Open the Start Menu and click on Settings .
- Click on Network and Internet .
- Select Wireless from the menu on the left side of the screen .
- Click Manage known networks .
- Highlight the name of the network you want to forget.
- Click Forget .
8.Windows 10 Keeps Wi-Fi Disconnected
If you notice that Windows 10 repeatedly drops the Wi-Fi connection without warning (and you’re sure it’s okay with the router), it might be due to your network adapter’s power management settings.
To save power, you need to revoke the permission that allows Windows to turn off the adapter. To do this, you must once again return to the Device Manager:
- Right-click the Start Menu and select Device Manager .
- Expand the list under Network Adapters .
- Right click on your network adapter.
- Select Properties .
- Click on the Power Management tab.
- Allow the option to turn off this device to save power of the computer tick the checkbox next to the lift .
9.Your Firewall Prevents Connecting to the Network
Windows comes with a built-in firewall application. Allow or block inbound and outbound traffic to help protect you against malicious content. However, it can sometimes block web access for your entire computer.
Obviously, this is not the default behavior. Maybe you accidentally changed a setting inadvertently, or a fake application overrides your existing rules.
Fortunately, whatever the reason is, it’s easy to fix. The following solution works for both the local firewall application and any third-party firewall applications you run:
- Open the Start Menu and type Command Prompt .
- Right click the top link and select Run as administrator .
- Type netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off and press Enter .
- Test if internet access is working now.
To turn your firewalls back on, go back to Command Prompt and set netsh advfirewall allprofiles state on .
10.Your Antivirus Prevents Connecting to the Network
As with the firewall, your antivirus can cause connectivity issues.
You can see what antivirus applications are installed on your machine by going to Windows Defender Security Center . You can find it in the All Apps list in the Start Menu .
Once you open the app, expand the left side panel and click on Virus & Threat Protection . It will tell you which apps are active and provide a shortcut to app interfaces.
Access the interface of the applications you are running and temporarily disable the service.