FIX: No Wi-Fi network found on Windows 10

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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No Wi-Fi network found

There is no Wi-Fi in Network Adapter

  1. Initial troubleshooting steps
  2. Roll back the Wi-Fi adapter driver
  3. Reinstall the Wi-Fi adapter driver
  4. Update the Wi-Fi adapter driver
  5. Use network adapter troubleshooter
  6. Uninstall VPN
  7. Temporarily turn off antivirus
  8. Disable the firewall temporarily

Are you are trying to connect your Windows 10 computer to Wi-Fi but all the Wi-Fi connections have vanished? Is the error message‘No Wi-Fi networks found’ constantly popping up on the screen? Then you may want to try the solutions described below in order to solve your problem.

SOLVED: Windows 10 cannot find Wi-Fi networks

Solution 1: Initial troubleshooting steps

Before we go any further, please make sure that you have tried the things listed below. This will help you narrow down the cause of your Wi-Fi problem.

  1. Please check if other devices in the house (tablet, phone etc) can detect other Wi-Fi networks
  2. Restart your computer and reset your Wi-Fi router
  3. If you are using a laptop, make sure your physical Wi-Fi switch is turned on
  4. Check if your Wi-Fi is on by going to Start button and then to Settings. Click on Network&Internet and then check Wi-Fi is on
  5. Make sure the airplane mode if off. In order to do this, go to Start button and click on Network & Internet. Go to Airplane Mode and make sure it is off

Solution 2: Roll back the Wi-Fi adapter driver

In some cases, the problem can be caused by a recent driver update of the network adapter so you may need to consider getting the old driver back by rolling it back in Device Manager to make your Wi-Fi works again. In order to do this:

  1. Press Windows + X keys and select Device Manager
  2. Expand Network adapters, right click on the name of your adapter and then select Properties
  3. Click on the Driver tab and then click the Roll back driver button
  4. Click OK and restart your computer

Note: If the button Roll back driver is grayed out, it means that you don ot have a previous driver to roll back to.

Solution 3: Reinstall the Wi-Fi adapter driver

By using this method, you will clear bad or corrupt drivers and reinstall the right drivers. So please follow the steps described below:

  1. Press Windows + R keys in order to open the Run dialog box
  2. Type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device managerdevmgmt.msc
  3. Go to Network adapters and expand that section
  4. Right-click on your Wi-Fi adapter and click Uninstall device
  5. Restart your computer
  6. Press Windows + R keys and type devmgmt.msc
  7. Click on Action and choose Scan for hardware changes. Your computer will automatically detect the missing Wi-Fi driver and install it
  8. Restart your computer

Solution 4: Update the Wi-Fi adapter driver

Maybe your network adapter driver is outdated. You can resolve this issue by downloading and installing the latest driver from the network adapter manufacturer’s support website:

  1. Download the latest available Wi-Fi adapter driver from your manufacturer website
  2. Extract the drivers to an empty folder
  3. Press Windows + X keys and select Device Manager
  4. Expand Network adapters and right-click your Wi-Fi adapter
  5. Select Update Driver Software and click on Browse my computer for driver softwarebrowse my computer for driver software
  6. Click Browse to locate the adapter driver and check the Include subfolder option
  7. Click Next to complete the task and install the new driver
  8. Restart your computer

Note: You can also use the option Search automatically for updated driver software and let your computer search for the drivers and install them.

Solution 5: Use the network adapter troubleshooter

Windows 10 includes a troubleshooting tool to find and fix a number of wireless and other network adapters problems automatically. In order to use this troubleshooter:

  1. Use Windows + I keys to open Settings and click on Update & security
  2. Click on Troubleshoot and select Network Adaptertroubleshoot network adapter
  3. Click Run the troubleshooter
  4. Select Wi-Fi and click click Next to begin the process

Solution 6: Uninstall your VPN

VPN tools can also cause internet connection issues on Windows 10, especially if you have an older VPN software and you upgraded to Windows 10. You can uninstall the VPN software in order to see if this solves your problem. If unistalling VPN solves your problem, we suggest you to go visit the software vendor’s website and download the version which supports Windows 10.

Solution 7: Temporarily turn off your antivirus

There will be times when the antivirus may prevent your computer from connecting to the internet. To see if that is the case, we suggest you to temporarily turn off your security software and check if the problem is solved. Consult your software documentation for instructions to disable it. If this solves the problem, contact the vendor of your security software and ask them for advice, or install a different security program.

Note: While your security software is disabled, please pay extra attention to what sites you visit and what files you download as your computer is very vulnerable. Make sure you turn your antivirus software back on as soon as you can, to make sure your computer is better protected.

Solution 8: Disable the firewall temporarily

In the same way, the firewall installed on your computer can also be blocking your computer from accessing the internet. You can check if your firewall is causing the problem by temporarily disabling it and then trying to visit a secure website. The steps to disable your firewall software will vary depending on the software you are using, but if you are using the Windows Firewall, please follow the below steps:

  1. Open Control Panel and click on System and Security
  2. Click on Windows Firewall and then click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off
  3. Select the Turn off Windows Firewall option for both networksTurn off Windows firewall
  4. Click OK to complete the task

So, these are some of the solutions that you can use if you get the ‘No Wi-Fi networks found’ message in Windows 10. Let us know which of these methods helped you to fix your problem.


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