Full Fix: My internet connection is limited in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
7 minute read

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Network problems are common in Windows 10, and in this article, we’re going to show you how to solve one strange network problem, a problem with limited internet connection in Windows 10. So, if you’re facing this issue, I hope these solutions will help you.

How to fix problems with limited connection in Windows 10

Limited Internet connection message can cause problems and prevent you from accessing certain websites. Speaking of this message, users reported the following problems as well:

  • Limited access WiFi Windows 10 – This message can occur if you’re using a wireless connection. If that happens, make sure that your drivers are up to date.
  • Limited internet connection on laptop, WiFi, unidentified network, getting disconnected frequently, keeps dropping – There are various problems that can occur due to this message, and if you’re having any of them, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • Limited internet access Ethernet, VPN – Sometimes this problem can occur while using an Ethernet connection or VPN. If this happens, be sure to check your network settings.
  • Limited internet access yellow triangle, LAN – This is a relatively common problem on many PCs, but in order to fix it, you just need to run a network troubleshooter.

Solution 1 – Restart your modem or WiFi adapter

In some cases, even restarting your networking device can solve the problem. To restart your modem or WiFi adapter, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and select Device Manager from the list.
  2. Find your networking device, right click on it and click Disable.limited internet connection windows 10
  3. Restart your computer
  4. Go to Device Manager again, and enable the networking device the same way you disabled it

This will restart your networking device, and hopefully, your network connection will be back to normal. If this doesn’t solve the issue with limited network connection try the next solution.


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Solution 2 -Reset TCP connection

Maybe resetting the TCP connection will bring your internet connection back. To reset the TCP connection, you’ll have to enter a few lines into the Command Prompt, and your connection should work again. Here’s exactly what you need to do:

  1. Right-click on the Start Menu button and open Command Prompt (Admin)
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  2. Enter the following lines and press Enter after entering each one:
    • netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled connection limited windows 10
    • netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
    • netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
  3. Now enter this command to to verify that previous functions were disabled:
    • netsh int tcp show global
  4. Close the Command Prompt window.

Solution 3 – Check your antivirus settings

Having an antivirus is important, but sometimes certain issues can occur due to your antivirus. Many users reported that Limited Internet connection message can be caused by your antivirus, and in order to fix that you need to change your settings.

Several users reported that their antivirus was the cause, and after adjusting a couple of settings the issue was resolved. If you can’t find the settings that are causing this issue, we advise you to temporarily disable your antivirus and check if that helps.

If the issue still persists, you’ll need to uninstall your antivirus completely and check if that solves the issue. If removing the antivirus solves the problem, you should consider switching to a different antivirus solution. There are many great antivirus tools on the market, but the best are Bitdefender, BullGuard, and Panda Antivirus, so feel free to try any of these tools.


Solution 4 – Run Windows Networking Troubleshooter

Microsoft included its own troubleshooting tool into Windows operating systems, and Windows 10 is no different. With this troubleshooter, you can solve various system-related problems, including the problem with limited internet connection. To run the troubleshooter, do the following:

  1. Go to Search and type troubleshoot. Choose Troubleshoot from the menu.
    Limited internet connection on laptop
  2. Select Network Adapter and click Run the troubleshooter.
    Limited internet access Ethernet
  3. Follow on-screen instructions.

Solution 5 – Update your drivers

If you’re getting Limited Internet connection message on your PC, the problem might be your drivers. Outdated drivers can cause this problem to appear, and in order to fix it, it’s advised to update your drivers.

There are several ways to do it, and you might be able to do that automatically right from Device Manager. However, usually the better method is to download the driver directly from the manufacturer’s website.

To do that, first you need to determine the model of your motherboard and visit your motherboard’s manufacturer’s website. Now locate your model on the list, and in the driver’s section locate the network adapter driver. After downloading the driver, install it and check if that solves the issue.

If you’re using a dedicated network adapter, you’ll need to download the driver from your network adapter manufacturer’s website. Keep in mind that you need to download the driver by using any other device that has network access and then transfer the setup file to your PC in order to install it.

If the default drivers don’t work after manually downloading and installing it, you can also try updating your drivers automatically and check if that helps. We wrote a guide on how to update your graphics card driver, so be sure to check it out. We recommend using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater (approved by Microsoft and Norton) to automatically update your drivers.


Solution 6 – Assign a manual IP address

By default, Windows 10 assigns an automatic IP address to every device on your network. However, sometimes this can cause Limited Internet connection error to appear, and in order to fix the issue, it’s advised that you manually assign your own IP address. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Click the network icon in your Taskbar and choose your network from the menu.
    Limited access WiFi Windows 10
  2. Now click on Change adapter options.
    Limited internet connection WiFi
  3. Locate your network connection, right click it and choose Properties from the menu.
    Limited internet access VPN
  4. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties.
    Limited internet access LAN
  5. Select Use the following IP address and set following data:
  • IP address: 192.168.1.25
  • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
  • Default gateway: 192.168.1.1
    Limited access WiFi Windows 10
    After you’re done, click OK to save changes.

Keep in mind that these numbers might not work for you, so you’ll need to change your IP address according to the format of your Default gateway.

To find out what is the Default gateway on your PC, just check network properties on your PC or on any other device that has Internet access. If your IP address is set manually, select Obtain IP address automatically option and check if that solves your problem.


Solution 7 – Change your DNS

Sometimes your DNS can be the cause of this problem. To fix the issue, it’s advised that you switch to Google’s DNS or OpenDNS and check if that solves the problem. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Follow steps 1-4 from the previous solution.
  2. Select Use the following DNS server addresses and set these values:
    Limited access WiFi Windows 10

    • Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
    • Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4
  3. Now click on OK to save changes.

If you prefer OpenDNS you can use it instead of Google DNS. After switching your DNS, check if the problem is resolved. Keep in mind that this solution might slow down your network connection a bit.

If you are already using a custom DNS, select Obtain DNS server automatically option and save changes.


Solution 8 – Reset your router

According to users, sometimes Limited Internet connection message can appear due to your router’s configuration. Several users reported that they fixed this problem simply by resetting their router to default, so you might want to try that.

To reset your router, you need to access your router’s configuration page and choose the reset options from there. However, you can also reset your router by pressing the hidden reset button on your router.

For detailed instructions on how to reset your router, we advise you to check your router’s instruction manual. Keep in mind that by resetting your router your Wi-Fi network will become disabled, so you’ll have to set it up again.


Solution 9 – Reset BIOS to default

Few users claim that they fixed this problem simply by resetting their BIOS to default. If you have a built-in network adapter, you might be able to configure it from BIOS. Sometimes your BIOS settings might interfere with your network configuration, and in order to fix the problem, you need to reset your BIOS to default.

This is rather simple, and to see how to do it properly on your PC, we advise you to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions. This is an unlikely solution, but few users claim that it works, so be sure to try it out.


Solution 10 – Rollback your network driver

Sometimes this problem can occur because your network driver was automatically updated by Windows. However, you can fix the problem simply by rolling back to the previous version. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Device Manager, locate your network adapter and double click it to open its properties.
    Limited internet connection unidentified network
  2. Go to Driver tab and click the Roll Back Driver button. If this button isn’t available, click on Uninstall Device to remove the driver.
    Limited internet access Ethernet

Once you uninstall the network driver, restart your PC and the Windows will install the missing driver automatically.

That would be all, I hope at least some of these solutions helped you with the limited internet connection problem. If you have any comments, suggestions, or maybe some other solutions for this problem, reach for the comment section below. Also, if you have any other Windows 10-related issues you can check for the solution in our Windows 10 Fix section.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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