WLANSVC keeps stopping: Here’s how to fix this error for good

Sovan Mandal avatar. By: Sovan Mandal
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Not being able to get online can be the most frustrating thing to deal with, more so when most of our activities have been transposed to the virtual world. Under the circumstances, the last thing we would ever like to experience is wlansvc stopping on its own.

That said, the issue, no matter how vexing it might sound, can well be overcome with some dexterity, patience and of course, a few tweaks to the software settings on your device.

Wlansvc application has stopped working

  1. Quick fixes
  2. Run Network Troubleshooter
  3. Renew IP address
  4. Update network adapter driver
  5. Uninstall Network adapter driver
  6. Roll back network adapter driver update
  7. Disable Firewall, Antivirus software
  8. Use network reset
  9. Re-install Windows 10 afresh

1. Quick fixes

However, before getting to the more serious stuff, it would be worth checking out a few minor details first as most wlansvc issues have often been found to do with minor adjustments. This include re-starting you router by disconnecting it from the power source.

If the router comes with back-up batteries, remove those as well. Disconnect the LAN cord too if that is how you connect to the router. Wait for about 30 secs and put it back on power. If you removed the batteries, put those back in as well before you connect it to the mains.

This might solve your connectivity problems. If not, read on.

2. Run Network Troubleshooter

Type ‘Network Troubleshooter‘ in the taskbar search box and select ‘Identify and repair network problems‘ from the list of options that appears. Follow the on-screen instructions and identify and remedy the problem.

3. Renew IP address

If the network troubleshooter isn’t of much help, here are some more options available. Those include resetting the TCP/IP stack, releasing and renewing the IP address, followed by flushing and resetting the DNS client resolver cache. Here is how you can accomplish these.

Type ‘Command prompt‘ in the taskbar search box. Select Command Prompt from the option given and run the following commands followed by pressing Enter in each case.

  • Type ‘netsh winsock reset‘ -> Enter.
  • Type ‘netsh int ip reset‘ -> Enter.
  • Type ‘ipconfig /release‘ -> Enter.
  • Type ‘ipconfig /renew‘ -> Enter.
  • Type ‘ipconfig /flushdns‘ -> Enter.

4. Update network adapter driver

Another common reason for wlansvc to keep stopping is an outdated adapter driver. This is particular if you have recently updated to Windows 10 and the driver manufacturer is yet to issue the compatible driver version.

Here is how you can make sure your adapter driver is up-to-date.

  • Type ‘Device Manager‘ on the taskbar search box and select Device Manager from the search results that get listed.
  • Within Device Adapter, select ‘Network adapter‘ and select the particular adapter installed on your PC.
  • Long press the adapter name (or right click on it) and select Update driver from the list of options available.
  • Select ‘Search automatically for updated driver software‘ and follow on-screen instructions.
  • Close Device manager

Restart your PC and see if the network issue is resolved.

However, if Windows is unable to select the best driver applicable to your PC, you can also do a manual search for the same. Here is how.

Visit the official website of the network adapter manufacturer and download the most recent software for the particular make of adapter installed on your PC. You will have to do this either using an alternate internet connection or on another PC that has an active connection with the internet. Download the software on say a pen drive or the hard drive of your target PC.

  • Next, launch Device Manager -> Network adapter
  • Select the Network adapter installed on your PC.
  • Long press on the network adapter name (or right click on it) and select Update driver as before
  • Select ‘Browse my computer for driver software
  • Navigate to the location where you downloaded the driver software.
  • Follow on-screen instruction.
  • Close Device manager as before

Restart your PC and check if this resolves the issue.

Update drivers automatically

You must know that downloading and updating drivers manually is a risky procedure. You can accidentally download and install the wrong driver versions, thus damaging your system. In order to prevent that from the start, we strongly suggest to do it automatically by using Tweakbit’s Driver Updater tool.

This tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus and will help you not damaging your PC by downloading and installing the wrong driver versions. After several tests, our team concluded that this is the best automatized solution. Below you can find a quick guide how to do it.

    1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater
    2. driver updater starting windowOnce installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check your installed driver versions against its cloud database of the latest versions and recommend proper updates. All you need to do is wait for the scan to complete.tweakbit driver updater scanning
    3.  Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.driver updater scanning finished

Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: some functions of this tool are not free.

5. Uninstall Network adapter driver

Another extremely effective method to deal with wlansvc stopping problem is to manually install the network adapter driver followed by restarting your PC. This way, Windows downloads and installs the most appropriate software which thankfully should solve the issue. Here is how you do this:

  • Type ‘Device Manager‘ in the taskbar search box and select Device Manager from the search results.
  • In Device Manager, select Network adapter -> Network adapter name
  • Long press or right click on the network adapter name and select Uninstall device followed by ‘Delete the driver software for this device
  • Follow on-screen instructions and close Device Manager after you are done.

Restart your PC. Once Windows is loaded afresh, it searches and installs the most appropriate software. However, just in case the issue persists, you can also follow the steps listed above to manually locate and download the software from the adapter manufacturer’s site.

Read on if the above fails to resolve your problem.

6. Roll back network adapter driver update

While it is a good practice to have updated drivers running on your system at all times, oftentimes, the same can also lead to unforeseen issues. So if you system have been working fine but started experiencing wlansvc issues post an update, it would make sense to roll back the same. Here is how you do that.

  • Type ‘Device Manager‘ as before in the taskbar search box.
  • Within Device Manager, select Network Adapter -> Network Adapter name.
  • Long press (or right click) on the network adapter and select Properties -> Driver tab -> Roll Back Driver.
  • Follow on-screen instructions. Re-start your PC and check if the issue has been resolved.

Note:- If there is no Roll Back Button to be seen, there isn’t a version you can roll back to. In that case, you might consider updating the driver using steps mentioned above, if you haven’t already.

7. Disable Firewall, Antivirus software

The network adapter driver are a bunch of programming codes after all and firewall or anti-virus software often perceive such codes with suspicion, enough to hamper their normal functioning. The end result, you have trouble getting online. So it could be worth checking to see that is what is causing the issue.

Note:- Before getting along with this step, it is important to understand that this is fraught with danger and you need to exercise caution, taking care to visit only trusted sites while your online guard is down. Here are the steps.

Firewall

  • Type ‘Command prompt‘ in the task bar search box. Select the app from the search result and click on ‘Yes‘ if faced with the ‘Run as administrator‘ query.
  • Type ‘netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state off‘ at the command prompt followed by pressing Enter.

Try connecting to the internet but make sure you only visit a trusted site. If the page loads fine than the firewall software was the culprit, get in touch with the company or visit their website to see if there are updates available.

To turn back on the firewall, type ‘netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on‘ and press Enter again.

Antivirus

  • Type ‘System and security‘ in the taskbar search box and select ‘Review your computer’s status and resolve issues‘ from the options provided.
  • Click on ‘Security‘ to expand the tab. Your antivirus software should be listed under ‘Virus protection‘. Similarly, anti-malware software you have should be mentioned ‘Spyware and unwanted software protection‘.
  • Refer to the corresponding software documentations to find out ways to turn them off.

As in the previous instance, check to see if you can get online and visit a trusted website. If all is okay, anti-virus/anti-malware suite prevented network adapter driver from functioning normally.

Get in touch with the respective companies or check to see if updated software are available which should likely remedy the connectivity issues. Meanwhile, ensure the virus and malware protection is back on as soon as possible.

8. Use network reset

Go for this step after you have exhausted all of the options mentioned above. This will essentially remove all network adapters installed on your PC, along with the settings applicable and will re-install them all over again once you re-start your PC. Here is how you do it.

  • Click on Start -> Settings -> network & Internet -> Status -> Network reset.
  • This will launch the Network reset screen. Click on ‘Reset now‘ followed by ‘Yes‘ for confirmation.

Once the PC re-starts, your problem should have been resolved.

9. Re-install Windows 10 afresh

This happens to be a proven method to deal with all connectivity issues even though this can be the most time intensive of all steps mentioned above. Go for a fresh install of Windows 10 if all other steps mentioned above fails.

So there you have it, an exhaustive list of solutions to follow when your Wlansvc keeps stopping. Here also are a few other resources that might be of help to you.

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