How to Fix Network Connection Issues in Windows 10
No network connection is one of the worst nightmares that any Windows 10 user may have. There are various reasons for Network Connection issues in Windows 10.
Here are some of the reasons of network connection issues in Windows 10.
- You may get an error while trying to connect to WIFI, Windows cannot connect to the network.
- You can access internet using WIFI connection and connection via ethernet cable is not working.
- You get error when trying to connect via Ethernet cable: Windows 10 Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration;
- The computer is connected to WIFI and there is no internet connection
- You are not getting Valid IP address on Windows 10 computer
- Proxy settings are not working, and you get error saying check proxy settings.
By following the steps mentioned in this article you would be able to quickly fix Network Connection issues in Windows 10.
Before we begin with troubleshooting steps to fix network connection problem in Windows 10, lets check for some very basic things to be sure everything is working fine and internet connection is there.
- Check if internet light on your Router is on
Checking internet light on Router ensures that you have internet connection form your service provider, however internet is not working on your Windows 10 Pc.
- Check if you can access internet on a different device like your smartphone or a different computer connected to same network.
Further checking would make it certain that internet is working, and your internet line is fine, and help narrow down problem to your Windows 10 computer.
- Check if your ethernet cable is plugged in to your Windows 10 computer (if using Wired connection)
This would ensure that connection between your router and Windows 10 is perfect, I would also recommend you unplug and re-plug the internet cable to make sure connection is secure.
- Check if you are connected to your Wireless network
This will ensure that you are able connect to your router over wireless connection. Make sure you are connected with your Wireless network, If living in building appartments Windows 10 sometimes connect to unsecured network which do not have internet access, hence make sure you are connected to your own network.
After you have checked the above-mentioned points, we can now narrow down the problem to Windows 10 computer.
Now you might be wondering How to fix network connection issues in Windows 10:
Here are the steps that will help you fix network connection issues in Windows 10
Run Windows Built-in Network Troubleshooter to fix Network Connection issues in Windows 10
Windows 10 have a built-in network troubleshooter to help you fix network connection issues in Windows 10 automatically. However, scope of fixes the troubleshooter can do is limited, however it should be our first steps as Windows 10 network troubleshooter barely takes 2-3 minutes to run.
- On windows 10, Cortana search, type “network troubleshooter”
- Choose Identify and repair network problems.
- Wait till the network diagnostic is completed and follow the instruction to repair the network connection.
Forget the Wireless Connection
If you get
“Windows 10 can’t connect to this network” error when connecting to
Wireless network, you have to forget the saved wireless network settings in
Windows 10 and the attempt to connect.
Here is how you can have Windows 10 forget your saved Wireless network.
- Open Settings > Network & Internet.
- Navigate to Wi-Fi section and click Manage Wi-Fi > Manage known networks.
- Select the Wireless network that you can’t connect to and click Forget.
- Then connect to the same wireless network again.
Enable and Disable Ethernet adapter
If your computer says “Windows 10 can’t connect to this network”, you should try to enable and disable your network adapter.
- Press Win+R keys to bring up the Run window, type ncpa.cpl to open Network Connection folder.
- Right click on the wireless network and choose “Disable”.
- After that, right click the network and choose “Enable”.
If the Ethernet connection is not working, you can disable and enable the Ethernet network in the similar steps.
- Press Win+R and enter devmgmt.msc.
- In Device Manager window, click Network adapters.
- Right click Ethernet card device. If it is disabled, click Enable to enable the Ethernet device.
Run Advanced Commands to fix network connection issues in Windows 10
To fix “Ethernet doesn’t have a valid IP configuration “on Windows 10/8/7, you can try to run networking commands.
- Type CMD in cortana search, then chose command prompt as admin
- Run the following commands in the listed order:
- Type netsh winsock reset and press Enter (Reset the TCP Settings);
- Type netsh int ip reset and press Enter (Reset the TCP Settings);
- Type ipconfig /release and press Enter (Release the IP address);
- Type ipconfig /renew and press Enter (Renew the IP address);
- Type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter (Flush and reset the DNS client resolver cache).
After running above commands you would have to restart your computer in order to commands to apply changes.
Update the Network Adapter Driver
If you have installed Windows update or upgraded to Windows 10, you may have outdated drivers in your computer. As you are facing network connection issues on your Windows 10 computer you might not be able to download the drivers automatically in your windows 10 computer. However what you can do is search device manufacturer website to search for correct driver for Windows 10 and then download on different device and install it in your computer using a USB flash drive or CD.
Roll Back the Network Adapter Driver
If you are facing
network connection problems after updating Network adapter, you might want to
roll back the driver to previous working version. Usually it happens because
your computer automatically installed non compatible version of drivers.
To roll back network driver and fix network connection issues with windows 10 follow the steps below.
- Open Device Manager > Network adapters, choose the network adapter that is not working.
- Right click the network adapter and choose Properties > Driver > Roll Back Driver.
- If the button is unavailable, that means there’s no driver on your Windows PC to roll back to.
You need to get the models of your PC & network hardware, then on a workable PC, download the compatible network adapter driver from manufacturer’s website, and install the driver on the network disabled PC.
Temporarily Turn off Firewalls to fix Windows 10 network connection issues
A firewall can cause
network connection issues in windows 10, if your firewall is not configured
correctly. Firewall blocks network connection even when you are not accessing
Here is how you can disable firewall in Windows 10 computer
- Right click Win icon on the task, choose Command Prompt(Admin).
- Type netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off. Hit Enter.
- Now see if you can open a web page on browser.
If you can, contact the software manufacturer to see if you can fix the problem by updating the software. You need to turn on your firewalls as soon as possible: type netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on to turn it on.
Temporarily Turn off Antivirus software
If you have recently
installed an antivirus software, you might have configured it to block network
connection leading to no internet situation. Many antivirus software offer a convenient
way to stop/disable them
Here is how you can turn off Antivirus and fix network connection issues with Windows 10.
- Type System and security in the search box on the taskbar and select Review your computer’s status and resolve issues.
- Click arrow down icon beside Security and see if there is any antivirus or malware-prevention software listed.
Reinstall the Network Adapter Driver to fix Windows 10 Network connection issues
If all able steps have
failed to fix network connection issues in Windows 10, we might have to uninstall
and reinstall network adapter drivers. Many times, corrupt network adapter
driver will cause problems with network connection in windows 10.
Follow the steps below to Uninstall and reinstall network adapter driver.
- Open Device Manager and choose Network adapters.
- Right click the wireless or Ethernet network adapter and choose Uninstall device > Delete the driver software for this device check box > Uninstall.
- Then you can restart your PC.
After you have uninstalled network driver, you have to get network drivers from a different Pc. Usually it is quite easy if your computer is from a brand. However, it may be difficult task if you are not too computer savvy. You can always call Wingsoft for 24/7 support for your computer and technicians can quickly help fix network connection issues with Windows 10.
Perform Network Reset to Reinstall Network Devices
This is the last resort. With Windows 10 version 1607 and above you can perform this additional step and reset your network settings to factory defaults. This usually help fix network connection issues in windows 10. However, be mindful if you have network drives or you share drives of you computer, you might have to reconfigure them all.
- Click Win button on the taskbar. Choose Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Network reset.
- On the Network reset screen, select Reset now.
- Wait for your PC to restart.
Windows 10 although comes with alot of good features and ease, however sometimes when we face problem with network connection in Windows 10 it becomes very complicated to solve them. However above mentions steps will surely help solve network connection issues with windows 10. Please let me know if you have some other network issue in Wind