FIX: Wi-Fi is showing limited access in Windows 7

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Solution 5: Perform a System Restore

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type System Restore
  • Click Create a restore point
  • Enter your administrator account password or grant permissions if prompted to
  • In the System Restore dialog box, click System restore then click Choose a different restore point

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  • Click Next
  • Click a restore point created before you experienced the problem
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

To go back to a restore point, do the following:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Control Panel
  • In the control panel search box, type Recovery
  • Select Recovery

WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7

  • Click Open System Restore

WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7

  • Click Next
  • Choose the restore point related to the problematic program/app, driver or update
  • Click Next
  • Click Finish

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Solution 6: Change your wireless environment

You can do the following when Windows WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7:

  • Move your computer and router closer to each other for a stronger signal
  • Remove any metal objects near or between the router and computer as these can block connections
  • Limit the number of devices using the network simultaneously as performance drops and when many devices are connected

Note: If WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7 after doing these things, you can buy a different antenna for your router or set up a different router as a signal repeater.

Solution 7: Update router firmware

When your firmware is outdated, it can affect performance, your computer’s security or prevent the router from connecting to the internet.

To update the firmware, log in to the configuration men on your router, and use it to update. Check your router’s user guide for instructions on how to do this.

Connect your computer directly to the router using the network cable when performing the firmware update.

Solution 8: Boot in Safe Mode with Networking

Safe Mode with Networking starts Windows in safe mode, including the network drivers and services you need to access the internet or other computers on the same network.

Restart your PC and before Windows 7 splash screen appears on your computer’s display, hit F8 to enable Advanced Boot Options.

The Advanced Boot Options screen should now be available. Select ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt‘.

Keep in mind that if you are not fast enough when pressing F8, Windows 7 will boot up normally. In this case, restart your computer and try to press F8 faster.

Once you’re in Safe Mode, run a System File Checker (SFC) scan

How to run an SFC scan

  • Click Start
  • Go to the search field box and type CMD
  • Right click Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  • Type sfc/scannow
  • Press Enter
  • Restart your computer

Do the following to exit Safe Mode:

  • Right click Start
  • Select Run
  • Type msconfig

WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7

  • A pop up will open
  • Go to the Boot tab

WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7

  • Deselect or uncheck Safe Boot option box
  • Restart your computer

Solution 9: Configure WLAN settings

  • Right click Start
  • Select Run
  • Type services.msc
  • Right click WLAN Autoconfig

WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7

  • Select Properties
  • On Startup Type drop down menu, select Automatic

WiFi is showing limited access in Windows 7

  • Click Apply and then OK
  • Restart your computer

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Solution 10: Check router settings

Ensure that your router is set to broadcast its SSID or network name and you are connecting to the correct SSID, using the correct WEP/WPA passkey on both devices.

Once you confirm this, use ‘Windows Connect Now or WiFi Protected setup if available on your router. If you’re trying to use WPA or WPA2, ensure the network adapter and your router support this protocol.

If you can only connect using WEP, then your hardware needs a firmware upgrade (see solution 7).

Solution 11: Configure WinHTTP proxy setting to use direct access

  • Click Start
  • Search for Command Prompt
  • Right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  • Type this command: netsh winhttp show proxy. If it says Direct access (no proxy server), then you already have WinHTTP access.
  • Type the commands below:
  • netsh winhttp reset proxy
    net stop wuauserv
    net start wuauserv

Has any of these 11 solutions helped fix the WiFi limited access issue on Windows 7? Let us know in the comments section below.

Important note: Microsoft officially ended Windows 7 support. If you’re planning to upgrade to Windows 10, make sure to check out our wide collection of guides on how to make the transition as smooth as possible.


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