No Internet connection after installing Windows updates [QUICK FIX]

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by Ivan Jenic
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  • If you don't have Internet connection after installing Windows updates, first you will have to check your network adapter using Device Manager. There are a few oher methods you can try in our solution below.
  • If you have any other Internet connection error there's a big chance you will find a solution in our Fix Internet Connection Errors hub.
  • One of the solutions is to update the drivers on your computer. Read our guide on how to update your drivers manually.
  • If you experienced any other Windows 10 errors we've got you covered. Check out our Windows 10 errors hub.
How to fix No Internet connection after installing Windows updates
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Windows Update can cause as many troubles as it causes good things. One of the issues that Windows Update brings is the disappearance of the 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.

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

How do I fix Internet connection problems after installing Windows updates?

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.

2. Command Prompt Fix

1. Open Command Prompt.

2. Type each of these commands respectively and hit enter after each one of them:

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabledcommand prompt

netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disable

netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled

3. Now to check if the settings are disabled and type: netsh int tcp show global

4. Press Enter.

5. 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.

3. Clean Boot

  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

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

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.

4. Use Network 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.

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.

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.

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7. Reinstall your network adapter

  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

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.

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:

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Under Hardware & Sound, go to Add a device
  • Wait for the wizard to scan for hardware changes
  • 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.

8. Run Windows 10 Network Reset feature

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

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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.

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.

FAQ: Read more about Internet connection and Windows updates

  • Do I need Internet connection to install Windows updates?

Your computer will download the updates from the Microsoft servers so if you don’t have an Internet connection you won’t be able to connect to them. However, here’s an awesome guide that will show you how to install Windows updates in Safe Mode.

  • What happens if I turn off my computer during an update?

It’s not recommended to do that. But if it happens, the outcome depends on the type of update and the moment in which the computer restarts. However, Windows can recover easily from such an interruption. If the update is stuck, here’s a good guide on what to do about it.

  • Why won’t my computer connect to the Internet?
There are a lot of issues causing your computer not connecting to the Internet, from simple problems like forgetting to pay your bill or a faulty cable to a malfunctioning network card or system configuration problems.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in January 2018 and was revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • I want to shout from the rooftops THANK YOU!!! for explaining the driver updates with more detail, as in steps 5,6,7, and 8! Since my internet wasn’t letting me browse to download the update (I didn’t realize it was located on my computer itself and that’s the only way I’ve ever downloaded updates) I didn’t think I could update any other way so I kept exiting that portion and trying to find another way to get it downloaded with a 30 second connection here and there!! So awesome, I’ve been stuck for 6 days of non stop hours of trying to get this windows 10 update correct and it was my device itself all along. Thank you for explaining it’s there waiting for us!!

  • It may be caused by driver, I used a tool named Driver Talent for Network Card to install driver after Windows update.

    • You are right. I was failed to update the driver manually. Driver Talent for Network Card installed the driver automatically. Thank you.