No Internet connection after installing Windows updates [QUICK FIX]

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Windows Update can cause as much troubles as it causes the good things. One of the issues that Windows Update brings is the disappearance of Internet connection.

If you faced this problem, don’t worry, because here are a few solutions for “No Internet Access” or “Limited Internet Access.”

Here are some more examples and error messages:

  • Windows 10 update lost internet connection – This error message also means that you’ve lost the internet connection after installing certain updates.
  • Can’t connect to internet after Windows 10 update – As the error message says, this particular issues occurs in Windows 10.
  • Windows update no internet connection – It can also happen that you lose the internet connection during the very process of installing Windows Updates.

How can I fix internet connection problems after installing Windows updates?

Table of contents:

  1. Device Manager Fix
  2. Command Prompt Fix
  3. Clean Boot
  4. Use Network Troubleshooter
  5. Update the Network adapter driver
  6. Disable antivirus and firewall
  7. Reinstall your network adapter
  8. Run Windows 10 Network Reset feature

Fix: No internet after installing Windows updates

Solution 1 – Device Manager Fix

  1. Go to Device Manager and then to Network adapters.
  2. Expand Network adapters.
  3. Check if your network adapter shows the message of “No Internet Access” or “Limited” connectivity and select it.
  4. Right click on your wireless network adapter and go to “Update Driver Software”.
  5. Now on a new window you will need to click on “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  6. After that, select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer”.
  7. Choose the “Manufacturer’s drivers” from the list of two and then click next.
  8. After the completion of the process just restart your PC and check if you have the internet connection now.

If Device Manager fix didn’t help, try to work a little bit in Command Prompt in order to fix your problem with the internet.

Solution 2 – Command Prompt Fix

  • Open Command Prompt.
  • Type each of these commands respectively and hit enter after each one of them:

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabledno internet connection after installing windows updates

netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable

netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled

  • Now to check if the settings are disabled and type: netsh int tcp show global
  • Press Enter.
  • Reboot your PC and see if the problem is solved.

If you’re having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin, then you better take a closer look on this guide.

Solution 3 – Clean Boot

Try to perform a Clean Boot to see if there’s any third-party program causing your your connection to break.

  1. Press the Windows key +R In the Run box, type msconfig and press Enter
  2. Under the Services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft services and hit Disable all
  3. Open Task Manager. Under the Startup tab right-click, disable each Startup item and then close Task Manager
  4. Click Apply/OK
  5. Restart your PC
  6. If you have the connection now, try to find which software caused you troubles and uninstall it

If you’re interested in how to add or remove startup apps on Windows 10, check out this simple guide. Can’t open Task Manager? Don’t worry, we’ve got the right solution for you.

Need additional info on how to access msconfig on Windows 10? Find out more in this article.

Solution 4 – Use Network Troubleshooter

Windows 10 now has a troubleshooting tool with user interface, simply called the Troubleshooter. You can use this tool for resolving various system errors, including internet connection issues.

Here’s how to run the Windows 10 Troubleshooter:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Head over to Update & Security > Troubleshoot
  3. Find Internet connections, and click Run the troubleshooterwindows update no internet
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions
  5. Restart your computer

If the Troubleshooter can’t load properly or you encounter an error, fix it with the help of this complete guide.

Solution 5 – Update the Network adapter driver

There’s a chance the update you just installed is simply incompatible with your Network adapter. So, the next thing we’re going to do is update your Network adapter.

But since you can’t connect to the internet, you won’t be able to update your Network adapter the old-fashioned way, through the Device Manager.

So, use another computer, go to your Network adapter or motherboard manufacturer’s website, and download the latest drivers for your Network adapter.

After that, manually install drivers on your computer, and you should be good. If you have any questions, just check our article about updating old drivers in Windows 10.

Did you know that the majority of Windows 10 users have outdated drivers? Be a step ahead using this guide.

If you don’t have enough time or you simply want to get over with this error by updating your drivers, we recommend you to download Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool. This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus and it will download and install the right driver version for your PC, thus protecting you from damaging your system by installing the wrong drivers.

Solution 6 – Disable antivirus and firewall

Third-party antivirus programs don’t go along with Windows updates.

Therefore, it’s quite possible that your antivirus is exactly what causes you problems after installing the update. So, consider disabling your antivirus temporarily, and check if you’re able to connect to the internet.

Did you know that your antivirus can block the internet connection? Check out this guide to find out more.

Solution 7 – Reinstall your network adapter

There’s also a chance the freshly installed update interferes with your network adapter. Most of the time, updating your drivers should be enough.

However, you might also need to completely reinstall your network adapter.

Once you install the network adapter again, you’ll automatically get the latest version, therefore updating the drivers won’t be necessary. In case you don’t know how to reinstall the network adapter, just follow these steps:

  1. Go to Search, type devmngr, and go to Device Manager
  2. Find your Network Adapter, right-click it, and go to Uninstall Deviceno internet windows update
  3. Restart your computer

Windows can’t find the Network adapter drivers? Don’t worry, this guide will help you find the drivers you need.

Now, Windows should automatically recognise and install the Network Adapter shortly after you uninstall it. However, if that doesn’t happen, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Under Hardware & Sound, go to Add a device
  3. Wait for the wizard to scan for hardware changes
  4. Once it finds your Network Adapter, the installation will be finished

You can’t open Control Panel on Windows 10? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.

Solution 8 – Run Windows 10 Network Reset feature

Similarly to the Windows Troubleshooter I mentioned above, there’s another (less-known) troubleshooting option for network problems in Windows 10.

And that is the Network Reset feature. As its name says, this feature resets every important Network feature in your system, which can be beneficial for dealing with potential interferences.

Here’s how to run the Network Reset option in Windows 10:

  1. Go to Settings > Network & Internet
  2. Stay in the Status section
  3. Scrol down and click Network Reset
  4. Follow further on-screen instructions
  5. Restart your computer

If you’re having trouble opening the Setting app, take a look at this article to solve the issue.

That’s about it, we certainly hope at least one of these solutions helped you resolve the problem with the internet connection after installing Windows updates.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, just let us know in the comments below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2014 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.