FIX: Wi-Fi frequently disconnects in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7
You can have a stable ISP connection for the Wi-Fi and still have issues with your Wi-Fi disconnecting from time to time. In 80% of the cases, this will be cause by upgrading to Windows 10, 8.1 from Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Fortunately for users, there are a few easy steps that will help you fix your WiFi and continue surfing the Internet without any problem from your operating system.
In many of the cases, you will lose your Internet WiFi connection because you have incompatibilities between the Windows 10, 8, 7 operating system and the Wi-Fi driver or your Bluetooth driver is interfering with the wifi connection thus making your connection very unstable and unreliable. Follow the tutorial posted below for a more detailed explanation on how to fix our wi fi connection in just a few minutes.
Wifi disconnects frequently on Windows 10, 8, 7
- Disable Bluetooth and Network Adapters
- Update your Wi-Fi drivers
- Uninstall WiFi drivers
- Change Power settings
- Disable ‘Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power’
- Reset Wi-Fi AutoConfig
1. Disable Bluetooth and Network Adapters
- Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “R”.
- Type in the box that pops up the word in quotes: “devmgmt.msc”.
- Under the topic “Bluetooth” you will need to disable everything you have there.
- Under the topic “Network Adapter” you will have to disable all the entries except the one for the Wireless adapter you have.
- Reboot the Windows 8.1 PC or laptop.
- See if you have a stable wi fi connection after the restart.
2. Update your Wi-Fi drivers
You will have to look on the manufacturer’s website and see if you have any WiFi drivers available and are compatible with your Windows 10, 8.1, 7 OS. After Windows 10, 8.1, 7 were released, most of the manufacturers released new WiFi drivers that are fully compatible with your OS version.
Install the drivers available on the website and reboot your Windows PC. After you restarted it, check if WiFi still disconnects frequently.
3. Uninstall your WiFi driver
If the options listed above did not work, we are going to uninstall the current driver you have in Windows 10, 8.1, 7 for the WiFi adapter and let Windows install it automatically after a reboot.
- Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “R”
- Type in the box that appeared in the new window “devmgmt.msc” to launch Device Manager
- Click(left click) on “Network adapters”
- On all the wi fi adapters, you have there you need to click( right click) on them and select the “Uninstall” feature.
- Reboot your Windows 10, 8.1, 7 PC or laptop.
- After the reboot, the installation of the wi fi drivers will begin automatically.
- Check and see if your wi fi still disconnects after you rebooted your machine.
4. Change Power settings
Do this only if the above options did not work for you.
- Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “R” to launch a new Run window
- Type ‘control panel’ in the new window and hit Enter to open Control Panel > type ‘power’ in the search menu located in the upper right-hand corner
- Click (left click) on “Power options” situated in the Control panel window.
- Click (left click) on “Change Plan Settings”.
- Click (left click) on “Change Advanced Power Settings”
- Click (left click) on “Wireless Adapter Settings”
- Click (left click) on “Power Saving Mode”
- You have there a feature that says “Plugged in”, you will have to change this to “Maximum Performance” feature.
- Reboot the Windows 8.1 PC and check if the wi fi works now.
5. Disable ‘Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power’
- Press and hold the buttons “Windows” and “R”.
- Type in the box that appeared “ncpa.cpl”
- You will have to click(right click) on the wi fi connection you have there and select “Properties”
- Click(left click) on “Configure”
- In the upper side of the new window you will have to click(left click) on the “Power Management” tab.
- From the “Power Management” tab, you will need to uncheck the feature that says “Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power”
- Click(left click) on “OK”
- Reboot the Windows 8.1 PC and check your wi fi connection now.
6. Restart Wi-Fi AutoConfig
If the problem persists, you can try to restart and then reset the Wi-Fi AutoConfig service. Here’s how you can do this:
- Go to Start > type services.msc > hit Enter to launch Services. You can also launch a Run window, type services.msc and then hit Enter to launch Services.
- Locate the WLAN AutoConfig service > double-click on it
- Select Restart to refresh the service
- Now, right-click again on WLAN AutoConfig > select Properties
- Go to Startup type > select Automatic >hit Apply and OK
- Check to see if your Wi-Fi connection is working as it should.
You can use all the options listed above in order to fix your Wi-Fi internet connection in Windows 10, 8.1, 7. In the majority of the cases, applying one of the options above will solve the problem. However, do leave us a comment below to let us know if your Wi-Fi still keeps disconnecting.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.