How to Make Windows 8.1, 10 Stop Searching for Wireless Networks

By: Marian Cularea
2 minute read

Your list of wireless network can get a tad huge if you have a lot of neighbors nearby. So seeing that this can get very annoying very quickly you will learn in this short tutorial how you can make your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device stop the search for the Wireless networks.
stop searching for wireless networks in Windows 8 and Windows 10
You can very easily access the feature to configure your very own wireless network search and stop the searches for others in Windows 8 or Windows 10. You only have to follow very carefully the steps posted below and you can adjust this option at will.

Tutorial on how to stop searching for Wireless Networks in Windows 8 and Windows 10

  1. Press the hold the “Windows” button and the “R” button.
  2. You should have in front of you the “Run” window.
  3. Write in the box within the window the following line: “Services.msc” but without the quotes.
  4. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  5. Left click on one of the options in the right panel side.
  6. Press on your keyboard the “W” button.
  7. Now you should find the Wireless Autoconfig feature.
  8. Right click on the Wireless AutoConfig option you have on the left side panel.
  9. Left click on the “Properties” option you have in that menu.
  10. Left click on the “Stop” button under the “Services status” topic.
  11. You will have there a feature that says “Startup type”.
  12. You will need to left click on the drop-down menu on the right side from “Startup type” and left click on the “Manual” option.
    Note:You can also undo the changes by following the steps above and change back to the automatic search of the Wireless Networks
  13. Left click or tap on the “ok” button button to close the window.
  14. Reboot your Windows 8 or Windows 10 device.
  15. Check and see if you still have your searching for the wireless networks enabled.

Now that you know how to stop your searching for the wireless networks in Windows 8 or Windows 10 you can go ahead and configure only the network you want to use for your operating system. You can also write us below if you have any questions on this article and also what we can do to help you further with this issue.

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