Wireless drivers are missing on PC [5 FIXES THAT REALLY WORK]

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Users have reported that their wireless drivers are missing and that they can’t even see the network adapter being activated in the Taskbar. This issue can be extremely frustrating, as it can deny you access to the internet, even if it’s working properly.

Here is what one user had to say about this issue on Microsoft Answers:

The Wireless adapter is missing from device manager, much less the network and connections area.  In troubleshoot, the computer simply says a network cable needs to be plugged in.  There is no wireless choice under network connections.  There is no wireless adapter tab upon right click of Network Adapter in Device Manager. Any help is appreciated. 

In this article, we will explore some of the best troubleshooting methods for dealing with this issue. Scroll down to find out more.

What to do if the network adapter driver has disappeared?

1. Scan for hardware changes

  1. Press Win+X keys on your keyboard -> select Device Manager.
  2. Inside the newly opened window, click on the View tab -> select Show hidden devices.Show hidden devices - Wireless drivers are missing
  3. Click on Network Adapters -> right-click on the Wireless adapter -> choose Scan for hardware changes.Scan for hardware changes - Wireless drivers are missing
  4. Close the Device Manager and try to see if this solves your issue.

2. Troubleshoot your network connection

  1. Click on search button inside your taskbar -> type network troubleshooter.
  2. Select Find and fix network problems.network troubleshooter - wireless drivers are missing
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete this action.
  4. If this method doesn’t solve the issue, please follow the next method.

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3. Update your wireless network driver

  1. Press Win+X keys on your keyboard -> select Device Manager.
  2. Right-click the wireless adapter -> select Update driver.
  3. Choose the option Search automatically for updated driver software.Automatically search for drivers - Wireless drivers are missing
  4. Wait for Windows to search and download the driver.
  5. If the issue persists after this method, please try the next solution.

Alternatively, you can use third-party tools such as TweakBit Driver Updater to update all drivers on your PC automatically with just a few clicks.

4. Reset Winsock settings using PowerShell

  1. Press Win+X keys -> select PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Type or copy this command netsh winsock reset inside PowerShell -> press Enter.PowerShell Winsock command - Wireless drivers are missing
  3. Wait for the process to complete, and restart your PC.
  4. Check if the adapter can now be found in Device Manager, and retry methods 1, 2, and 3.
  5. If this solution doesn’t solve your issue, follow the next method.

5. Change your PCs power management settings

  1. Press Win+X keys on your keyboard -> open Device Manager.
  2. Expand the Network adapters section -> double click the Wifi network adapter.
  3. Inside the newly opened window, select the Power Management tab.
  4. Deselect the option Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.Allow computer to turn off device to save power - Wireless drivers are missing
  5. Click the Driver tab -> select Enable device -> Press Ok.

In this article, we explored some of the best troubleshooting methods for dealing with the issue caused by your wireless drivers missing.

Please let us know if this guide helped you, by using the comment section below.


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