No brainer – one of the most frustrating experiences is when your WiFi is not working and you can’t seem to understand the problem.
Being cut off from the Internet can halt your productivity especially when you are working. Even if you have the best Internet, you will encounter some common WiFi error on Windows 10. I can tell from my experience. I use Spectrum internet in El Paso and it’s really frustrating to get disconnected because of silly Windows errors.
But I have learned to fix the problem and so can you. Here are some common WiFi problems on Windows 10 and ways to fix them:
Restart Your Modem and Router
Whenever the system is not connecting to the WiFi, restart your modem and router. This solves most of the problems just like that.
It’s very simple. You have to unplug both devices from the power source. Give them a rest for 30 seconds at least and turn the devices back again. If your modem is battery powered, remove them and insert them again. Plug them back in and this should restore your Internet connection.
WiFi Is Connected But No Internet
Has it been the case that Windows claims you’re connected to the Internet but you are unable to access the web? This is normal and it can be fixed. This happens because of a faulty IP address, TCP/IP stack or cache issue.to fix it, follow these:
- Go to the Settings of your PC
- Click Update and Security >> Troubleshoot>> Internet Connection
- Run the Network Troubleshooting
Following these steps should fix the issue.
Can’t Connect to WiFi
There are times when you see the message “Windows 10 can’t connect to this network”. Here, the problem could be your network adapter. Once you uninstall the driver of the network adapter, this should fix the problem. Follow these:
- Go to Device Manager by pressing Windows Key and X together
- Find Network Adapter from the list.
- Right-click and Uninstall it
- Accept the prompt and then restart your PC
- Windows will ask you to reinstall the driver automatically. Click Ok and then try reconnecting to the WiFi. It should work this time.
WiFi Driver Issue
Often, the WiFi doesn’t connect because of the WiFi driver issue on windows 10. You can fix this by updating the driver or rolling it back to the previous version. If you are up for updating the driver, these are the steps to follow:
- Open the Start menu
- Search for Device Manager and click on it
- Expand the menu and find Network Adapters
- Right-click on the adapter and select Properties
- Select the Drive Tab
From there, you can either the driver or roll back to the previous version.
Forget the Network
This trick works most of the time when Windows 10 is not connecting to the WiFi. You simply have to make your machine forget the network and then connect it back again. Here is how you can make Windows forget the network:
- Go to the Start Menu and choose Settings
- Choose network & Internet
- Choose WiFi from the menu
- Select Manage Known Networks
- Find the network that you want to forget and click forget
Windows 10 Keeps Dropping the WiFi
When you find Windows 10 dropping the Wi-Fi connection repeatedly and you are not sure why this is probably because of the power management settings of the network adapter.
First, you will have to revoke the permissions that allow Windows to turn off the adapter for saving power. This can be done by going back to the Device Manager. Here’s is how it’s done:
- To the Device Manager from the start menu
- Find the Network Adapter list
- Right-click on your network adapter to go the Properties
- Click on Power Management
- Uncheck the box that says “Allow The Computer To Turn Off This Device To Save Power”
At times, the firewall could be blocking incoming/outgoing traffic to protect your PC from malware. It could also be blocking the web access for your PC altogether. Don’t be alarmed, this is not the default behavior of the firewall. The settings could have been changed automatically. The problem can be solved by following these steps:
- Look for the “Command Prompt” from the start menu
- Right-click on the first link and choose Run as Administrator
- Type this information from your keyword “netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off”
- Then, press Enter
After this, check if your system is connected to the WiFi and you have Internet access. Repeat the same steps to turn on the firewall again.
There go most common WiFi troubles with Windows 10. I have been counting on these tricks to restore my internet connection. If you know any other trick, feel free to mention it in the comment section below.