Another issue for Windows 10, 8.1 owners — as it turns out, some of them are being plagued with Wi-Fi and connectivity problems. Check out this post to learn how you can fix these issues.
This happened to me and made me so mad – I’ve had a lot of issue with my Wi-Fi after upgrading to Windows 10 and 8.1. Everytime a new software ugprade is out in the wild, be it from Apple, Microsoft or anybody else, it is bound to be plagued with countless issues. Then everybody is desperately looking to replicate their problem and seek for solutions.
This is the same with the users that have reported getting different Wi-Fi issues with their recently update Windows 8.1 devices. First of all, we will try to find all or at least, most of the issues you are getting with your Wi-Fi on the updated Windows 8.1 platform, so we will be able to find together solutions to these problems be it in the body of this article or in the comments section.
Most of the problems have been voiced on Microsoft’s support forums and some of them have received fixes and solution by Microsoft’s engineers. So, let’s have a look together.
Issues and problems with WiFi in Windows 10, 8.1
Here’s what one of the users is saying:
I had already tried before the Windows 8.1 from MSN, got huge connectivity problems in WiFi – Intel Advanced n-6235, so i waited for the GA and expected to see some improvement/fix on this, apparently there is none. Issues so far (IE11 looses connectivity frequently, and so programs that use IE definitions)
When i connect to my router in the right bar says “The Connection is taking longer than ususal…”, but in the bar says that i am connected ok, after some time in the right bar says “Limited Connectivity”, yet in connection propertyes says it’s all ok. Some pages open fast sometimes is slower. Many Pages looses connectivity. It seems that by forcing Intel to always be in g mode and disabling “n” mode makes a little diference, but still there are issues. I have tried with a USB SMC wireless g pen but the issues remain
How to fix Wi-Fi issues on Windows 10, 8.1
1. Update your network drivers
Of course, as always, what we suggest to do is check for new Windows updates, as well as install the latest software drivers, which, hopefully, have been updated with Windows 8.1 support. A potential culprit to these issue might have been Intel’s Wi-Fi adapters which have been recently made available with Windows 8.1 optimization, so maybe you should try them.
2. Check your router
Maybe this problem is not software-related, but rather hardware-related. Check your router and make sure that all the cables are connected in the right ports. Also, if it’s been a while since you last power cycled your modem/router, please do so now. Turn off your modem/router, unplug the power cord and wait for five minutes. Then power up the device and check if the Wi-Fi connection is available now.
3. Run the Network Troubleshooter
Both Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 come with a build-in Internet troubleshooter that automatically scans your network in order to identify and repair any connection issues. To run the tool on Windows 10, go to Settings > Update > Update & Security > select Internet Connections and launch the scan.
On Windows 8.1, go to Control Panel, type ‘troubleshoot’ in the search box, select and launch the Internet Troubleshooter.
If the Wi-Fi connection is still unavailable, here are some additional troubleshooting guides that you can use to fix Wi-Fi connection problems:
- FIX: Wi-Fi adapter won’t connect to router
- Fix: Wi-Fi won’t work but says connected in Windows 10
- Ethernet works, Wi-Fi won’t? Here’s how to fix it
- Fix: Wi-Fi not working on laptop but working on other devices
If this doesn’t work, let us know by leaving your comment below and we’ll research more to try and find a workaround for these Wi-Fi issues users are getting in Windows 10, 8.1
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2013 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.