We are so accustomed to being constantly connected to the Internet that we hardly notice it even though we use it every day. Well, that is until I run into an issue where Windows 10 cannot detect Wi-Fi networks or keeps disconnecting randomly.
While the reason why Windows 10 is dropping the Wi-Fi connection can be anywhere from corrupt drivers to a power management issue, luckily the solutions are pretty quick and easy to implement. So let’s check them out.
1. Change Network Profile
Many Windows 10 users have reported that their computer automatically disconnects from a Wi-Fi network when the network is marked Public instead of Private. In such cases, changing the network connection type can help. Here’s how to do it.
Stage 1: Click the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar, navigate to your connected Wi-Fi network and click Properties.
Step 2: In the following window, change the Network profile from Public to Private.
And that’s it. Now try reconnecting to your Wi-Fi network to see if you can get a consistent connection.
2. Check/Restart Router
If you are also experiencing Wi-Fi issues on other devices, it could be due to a router issue. So, before we dive deep into the other solutions in this list, you should try restarting your router to see if the issue is resolved.
3. Check Power Management Settings
If you have recently made any changes to the Power Management settings or enabled battery saver on your Windows 10 PC, this may be the reason why your computer drops Wi-Fi from time to time. Here’s how to fix it.
Stage 1: Press the Windows key + X shortcut and select Device Manager from the menu that appears.
Step 2: In the Device Manager window, expand Network adapters and double-click your network adapter to open its properties.
Stage 3: Now switch to the Power Management tab and uncheck ‘Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power’. Finally, click OK.
Now go ahead and see if you can get a stable Wi-Fi connection.
4. Update Network Adapters
If the network drivers on your PC are corrupt or out of date, this may be the reason why your PC is dropping Wi-Fi. So, you can try updating them again to see if the issue is resolved. Here’s how.
Stage 1: Press Windows key + X and select Device Manager from the menu that appears.
Step 2: In the Device Manager window, expand Network adapters, right-click on your network adapter and select Update driver from the list.
Stage 3: Next, select ‘Search automatically for drivers’ and let Windows update the drivers for you.
After updating the network adapter drivers, restart your computer and see if the issue is now resolved.
5. Reset Wi-Fi AutoConfig Service
WLAN AutoConfig is a service responsible for connecting your Windows PC to the router. If this service encounters any problems while starting up, it may prevent your PC from connecting to Wi-Fi. To fix this, you can try to set the WLAN AutoConfig service to run automatically on startup. Here’s how.
Stage 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. Medicine services.msc box and press Enter.
Step 2: Scroll down to find the WLAN AutoConfig service. Right click on it and select Properties.
Stage 3: Change the startup type to Automatic and hit Apply and then OK.
Restart your computer and see if the Wi-Fi disconnection issue is now resolved.
6. Run the Network Troubleshooter
Your Windows 10 PC comes with a dedicated Network Troubleshooter that can detect and fix Wi-Fi and internet related issues on its own. Here’s how to use it to fix Wi-Fi problems in Windows 10.
Stage 1: Press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Update & Security.
Step 2: Now switch to the Troubleshoot tab and click on Additional troubleshooters on the right.
Stage 3: Run the troubleshooters for Internet Connections, Incoming Connections and Network Adapter one by one.
Running these troubleshooters should find and fix any system-level issues.
7. Try Network Reset
If running the troubleshooter doesn’t help, you can try to reset Network in Windows 10. Doing so will reinstall every network adapter configured on your device and reset the network settings to their defaults. Here’s how to do it.
Stage 1: Press Windows key + I to open Settings and go to Network & Internet.
Step 2: In the Status tab, scroll down to select the Network reset option.
Stage 3: Then click the Reset now button to begin resetting your network.
After resetting your network connection details, you need to connect your Windows PC back to your Wi-Fi network.
8. Reset TCP/IP Configuration
If the solutions above don’t help, you can try resetting the TCP/IP settings on your PC. Here’s how.
Stage 1: Open the start menu, type command promptand click Run as administrator on your right to open it with administrator rights.
Step 2: Type the commands below one by one and press Enter.
netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
Now restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved now.
Wi-Fi problems are at their worst, especially when increasing numbers of people work from home and are so dependent on their day-to-day work. I hope the above solutions helped and you are connected to the internet as before.