A good network connection is very important because a lot of work depends on a stable Internet connection. There can be several reasons why your connection is not working properly, and they can be easily fixed.
In this article, we’ll look at some methods to fix Wi-Fi problems on your Windows 10 device.
Why the Wi-Fi adapter is not working in Windows 10
Generally, one of the most common problems after installing an update is related to the network connection. For example, low speed, unreliable or complete loss of connection with a wireless or wired connection, which leads to problems connecting to the Internet and network resources such as printers and shared folders.
While system updates are designed to fix problems and improve the user experience, it is not uncommon for faulty updates through Windows Update to cause connectivity problems. If you suspect that a recent update is causing network problems, you can remove it to alleviate the problem until a new update arrives.
Sometimes an older version of a network driver can cause compatibility issues with a Windows 10 update. You can usually solve this problem by updating the driver to the latest version.
Regardless of the reason, if your device can’t connect to your local network or the Internet after a recent Windows 10 update, Microsoft recommends several ways to solve the problem.
In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll show you a few ways to fix the “WiFi adapter not working in Windows 10” problem.
To fix a WiFi adapter that doesn’t work in Windows 10
Make use of the network troubleshooter
- Go to Settings.
- Go to Updates and security -> Troubleshooting.
- Select an Internet connection and navigate to the Run troubleshooter.
- Follow the rest of the instructions on the screen and let the process finish.
- Reboot your computer.
Change adapter settings
- Go to your network card properties and locate the wireless card that is working.
- In the options that appear, look for Internet Protocol version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and uncheck IPv6 to disable it.
- Click OK and reboot your computer to apply the changes.
Reinstalling the network adapter
- Go to Search, type Devm, and open the Device Manager.
- Find your network adapter.
- Right-click on your network adapter and go to Uninstall.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
- Reboot your computer.
- Now reinstall the network adapter driver as described above.
Switch to full power mode
- Go to “Search”, enter power management, open “Power” and “Standby”.
- Under “Advanced Power Options,” go to “Advanced Power Options.
- When the Power Options window opens, find your current plan and click Change Plan Options.
- Click Change Advanced Power Options.
- Find your wireless adapter settings and set the power-saving mode to maximum power.
- Click Apply and OK to save your changes.
Resetting the TCP/IP stack
- Right-click the Start menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
- At the command line, type the following lines and press Enter after each line:
- Reset nets in IP networks
- Netsh int TCP set heuristic is disabled
- Netsh int TCP set global autotuninglevel=disabled
- Netsh int TCP set global rss=enabled
- Reboot your computer and see if you can now connect to WiFi.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Update your network drivers.
- Use the network troubleshooter.
- Reset the TCP/IP stack.
- Make changes to the registry using the command line.
- Change the adapter settings.
- Reinstall the network adapter.
- Reinitialize the adapter.
- Update the router firmware.
- Press the Windows key, type "Settings" and click on the application when it appears in the search results.
- Click on "Network and Internet."
- Click on the "Wi-Fi" option in the menu bar on the left side of the settings screen.
- Switch the "Wi-Fi" option to "On" to activate the Wi-Fi adapter.
Unplug the router's power cord and wait at least 30 seconds. Plug the router into a power source. Wait a few minutes for the router to fully turn on (you can check this by looking at the status lights on both devices). Try reconnecting your computer.
Click Start and right-click Computer, then select Properties. From there, click on Device Manager. Look there and see where it says "network adapter." If there is a question mark or question mark, you have an Ethernet problem, otherwise, everything is fine.