Action needed on Wi-Fi: What does it mean & How to repair

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  • The network prompting you that action is needed on your WiFi is not an error message. Instead, it's there to secure you from connecting to strange networks.
  • You can disable the WiFi action needed in Windows 10 prompt permanently either from the Windows Registry or Local Group Policy Editor.
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Fix the wifi action needed windows 10 error

The WiFi action needed Windows 10 problem is not caused by a bug; it’s intentional. This issue is prominent on newly-upgraded Windows 10 computers. You can also experience it the first time you attempt to connect to a new WiFi connection.

When your WiFi says that action is needed, it doesn’t stop you from connecting to the network. You only have to click on the Connect button to proceed with the connection. However, this prompt gets annoying and in your face.

Note that this problem is not a WiFi adapter issue. Read this guide to the end to discover two ways to disable the Action needed WiFi prompt in Windows 10.

What does Action Needed mean?

The Action needed message is your computer’s way of informing you that it’s connecting to the network. The notification is self-explanatory – it adds that you can go ahead and connect if you know the WiFi network.

If multiple WiFi networks have the same name (likely a malicious person luring you to connect), this notification also warns you before you connect to the other network.

Knowing that this prompt doesn’t originate from an error but merely for your information, you can safely disable it, as it could get inconvenient.

How do I fix my WiFi action required?

To fix the WiFi action required issue, you need to disable the NCSI (Network Connectivity Status Indicator) passive or active probes that the NCSI component uses.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to disable the NCSI using the Windows Registry Editor as well as the Group Policy Editor.

Why does my WIFI say action needed?

Windows uses the NLA (Network Location Awareness) service to detect a network’s properties and find out the most suitable ways to handle its connections. The NLA relies on another component called NCSI (Network Connectivity Status Indicator).

The NCSI delivers feedback on the connection status of devices on the network. If your WiFi says action needed Windows 10, then it means that changes have been made to the network.

Remove Action Needed prompt when connecting to WiFi

1. Disable the NCSI probe from Windows Registry

  1. Press the Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type regedit.exe and press Enter.
  3. Navigate to the following path in the Registry Editor:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc\Parameters\Internet
  4. On the right-hand side, right-click on EnableActiveProbing.
  5. Select Modify…
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  6. Change the Value data from 1 to 0.
  7. Click on the OK button.
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  8. Navigate to the following path in the Windows Registry:
    HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\NetworkConnectivityStatusIndicator
  9. Right-click on the empty space on the right pane and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  10. Name it NoActiveProbe.
  11. Right-click on the newly created NoActiveProble key and select Modify…
  12. Change the Value data from 0 to 1.
  13. Click on OK to save the changes.
  14. Navigate to the following path in the Registry:
    HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\NetworkConnectivityStatusIndicator
  15. Right-click on the white space on the right and go to New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
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  16. Rename it to DisablePassivePolling.
  17. Right-click on this DisablePassivePolling key and hit Modify…
  18. Double-click on the key type and modify the value from 0 to 1 in the Edit String box.
  19. Hit the OK button to save your changes.
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NOTE: To navigate to the locations in the guide, simply copy the given path, paste it in the address bar, and hit ENTER.


2. Disable NCSI problem from Group Policy Objects

1. Turn off Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator active tests

    1. Press the Windows key and R combination to open the Run dialog box.
    2. Enter gpedit.msc in the Run dialog box and press Enter.
    3. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following path:
      Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System
    4. Click on the System folder to expand it.
    5. Select the Internet Communication Management subfolder.
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  1. Reveal the Internet Communication settings sub-folder by clicking on Internet Communication Management.
  2. Select the Internet Communication settings sub-folder.
  3. Hit Turn off Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator active tests under the Settings window.
  4. Mark the Enabled option.

2. Disable NCSI probes

  1. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the following location:
    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network
  2. Reveal the Network Connectivity Status Indicator sub-folder by expanding the Network folder.
  3. Double-click on Network Connectivity Status Indicator.
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  4. Double-click on Specify passive polling status.
  5. Mark the Enabled option.
  6. Exit the Group Policy Editor.

We hope that the steps and methods described in this guide have managed to solve your problem once and for all.

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