FIX: WiFi won't Turn On, Wireless Networks Not Available (Windows 10, 8)

The "No Wireless Networks Connections are available" problem can occur on Windows 10 after installing a new Windows 10 update through Automatic Updates or after you have upgraded Windows 7, 8 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Despite of the Wi-Fi connectivity issue, the built-in Ethernet adapter may work properly and without any problems.

WiFi won't Turn On - Wireless Networks Not Available

In the case that you face problems with the Wireless connection (WiFi does not work, No WiFi connections) on Windows 10, then this tutorial will show you some methods to fix the problem.

The methods and solutions below apply to the following issues:

  • No WiFi connections on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1
  • No Wi-Fi is available after Windows 10 update or upgrade.
  • Wireless Connections Unavailable on Windows 8, 8.1 or 10.
  • Wi-Fi not working on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1.
  • WiFi won't turn on in Windows 10
  • Wi-Fi stopped working after Windows 10 upgrade or update.
  • No Wireless connections on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1.
  • Wireless Networks Not Available on Windows 10, 8.

How to fix the "No Wi-Fi Networks" issue on Windows 10, 8.1 & 8.

 

Method 1. Ensure that Wireless Adapter is Enabled
Method 2. Make sure that WiFi is ON and Airplane Mode is OFF.
Method 3. Perform a Full Shutdown.
Method 4. Modify Wi-Fi Adapter's Power Management Settings.
Method 5. Update WiFi Adapter's driver.
Method 6. Uninstall and Reinstall the WiFi adapter.
Other Methods to fix Wireless Connectivity Issues.

 

Method 1. Ensure that Wireless Adapter is Enabled.

First of all make sure that the Wireless adapter is not disabled. To do that:

1. Press “Windowsimage_thumb5_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb[1]  + “R” keys to load the Run dialog box.

2 Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter.

open_network_connections

3. Right click on the Wireless network (Wi-Fi) connection and select Enable. *

* Note: If you see the Disable option available, then your card is already enabled, but you can give a try to Disable and re-Enable it.

enable Wi-Fi

 

Method 2. Make sure that Wi-Fi is ON and Airplane Mode is OFF.

1. Click the Start menu image and click Settings image .

2. Open Network and Internet.

3. Select the Airplane Mode on the left and ensure that:

1. Airplane Mode is OFF.

2. Wi-Fi is On.

Airplane mode off

 

Method 3. Perform A Full Shutdown.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 use a new technology that is called Fast Startup in order to start Windows quickly. By using the Fast Startup feature, Windows don't need to reinitialize all drivers and system files upon starting up, so the operating system is loaded faster.

To perform a full shutdown in order to reinitialize WiFi adapter:

1. Click the Start image menu and then click the Power image button.

2. Now press and HOLD DOWN the SHIFT key (on your keyboard) and then click Shutdown.

shift shutdown

 

3. Wait until all indicator lights turn Off and then Power On your computer again.

 

Method 4. Modify Wireless Adapter's Power Management settings.

1. Right-click on the Start menu image and choose Control Panel.

windows 10 control panel

2. Change the View By (at the up right) to Small icons and then open Power Options.

control panel items

3. Click Change plan settings (next to "Balanced") and then select Change advanced power settings.

4. Scroll down to find and expand the Wireless Adapter Settings.

5. Now set the On Battery and Plugged in Setting to Maximum Performance.

wireless adapter power settings

 

 

Method 5. Update WiFi Adapter's driver.

Important: Before proceeding, connect your computer to the Internet by using an Ethernet cable.

1. Right click on the Start menu and select Device Manager.

device manager open windows 10

 

2. Click to expand Network Adapters.

3. Right click at the problematic Wireless Adapter and select Update Driver Software.

update wifi adapter driver

 

4. A the next screen choose "Search automatically for updated driver software".

update wireless adapter driver

5. Let Windows find and install the latest driver for your Wi-Fi adapter.

6. Restart your computer.

 

Method 6. Uninstall and Reinstall the WiFi adapter.

Important: Before proceeding, connect your computer to the Internet by using an Ethernet cable.

1. Open Device Manager.

2. Click to expand Network Adapters.

3. Right click at the problematic Wireless Adapter and select Uninstall.

uninstall wireless adapter

4. Press OK at the warning message to remove the installed Wi-Fi adapter.

5. When the driver uninstall is completed, right click at the computer name on the top (or at the Action menu on the top) and select Scan for hardware changes.

scan for hardware changes

 

6. Wait until Windows installs the Wireless driver.

7. Restart your computer.

Other Methods to fix Wireless Connectivity Problems.

1. Uninstall VPN Software.
– If you have upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version (Windows 8.1, 8 or 7) and you have a VPN software previously installed, then proceed and uninstall it. After the uninstall, restart your computer and see if the "No Wi-Fi connectivity" problem is resolved. If not, then proceed and run the troubleshooter on this link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3084164.

2. Uninstall any third party Security Program (Antivirus/Firewall).
– Sometimes the installed security program may block Network connections, especially after updating Windows. In this case, it is better to uninstall the old version of your security program and install the latest version.

3. Change the "802.11n Bandwidth" setting.
– If your Wireless adapter supports the 802.11n Networking Standard, then try to set the "802.11n Bandwidth" setting to "20MHz/40MHz Auto". To do that:

1. Navigate to Device Manager.
2. Right click on the Wireless Adapter and select Properties.
3. In Advanced tab, find and set the "802.11n Bandwidth" (channel width) to "20 MHz only" or to "20MHz/40MHz Auto".

That's it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

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