When your laptop does not connect to Wi-Fi, it is one of the most frustrating issues since most modern-day computing depends on a reliable internet connection.
There can be many reasons why you are not able to connect to a WIFI connection on windows. It can be outdated, the router does not support windows 10, or the router is not configured properly.
To fix these issues, we have created this blog post that will provide some network troubleshooting methods to fix the common Wi-Fi connection issues in Windows 10.
4 Ways to fix it
1.Make use of the Windows 10 Network Troubleshooter.
Sometimes you are able to connect to your Wi-Fi network on your smartphone, but you are not able to connect to the WIFI network on your Windows 10 laptop.
To resolve this issue, you can make use of a network troubleshooter, which is built into all Windows 10 devices. The troubleshooter will scan your device for a faulty IP address, TCP/IP, or DNS client cache and offer solutions to resolve these issues.
Starting the troubleshooter takes a few steps.
Step 1- Go to the lower right corner of the Windows taskbar
Click on the network icon. Network icons can be of two types no connection icon or full signal connection icon depending on the state of the connection.
Step 2- After clicking the button you will see a popup that will show the name of the WIFI network.
Step 3- Click on Network and Internet Settings shown above the Wi-fi tile in the below image.
Step 4- You Will see a network settings menu in which you can find the network troubleshooter.
2.Update or Rollback the WIFI driver
Many times a user tries to connect to the Wi-Fi network in Windows 10 but gets a message that Windows 10 can’t connect to this network.
There are a couple of reasons why this could happen such as Wi-Fi drivers are outdated, or they are not supported by the version of Windows 10 that a user is using.
To resolve it, you have to update or reinstall the driver. Updating the driver takes a few steps.
Step 1– Click on the Start Menu and open the device manager.
Step 2– In Device Manager Open the drop-down menu below Network Adapters and find your wireless adaptor
Step 3– Right-click on your adapter and select Properties. You will see a properties menu. Click on the Driver tab and choose either Update Driver or Roll Back Driver.
Roll Back Driver option in the above image will roll back to the previous driver in case if you have updated to a faulty driver which is showing connectivity issues.
Also restart your windows 10 laptop after installing a driver. This will help make the desired changes so your updated laptop wifi driver can properly connect to Wifi.
3.Find whether you have entered the right Wi-Fi Password in Windows 10
Sometimes, a windows 10 device stops connecting to a Wi-Fi network if the password for the network has changed. This usually happens in situations when a user has reset the router or been issued a new one by the ISP.
To resolve this issue, you have to find out the WiFI password, which you have entered earlier, and see whether it matches the password of the new router.
To find the Wi-Fi password, follow these steps on a Windows 10 laptop.
Step 1– At the bottom right corner, click on the Network icon in the taskbar. A popup containing the name of WIFI networks will come up.
Step 2- Now, click on ‘Network and Internet settings
Step 3– Now, click on the Change adapter options.
Step 4- Right-click on your Wi-Fi connection and then select ‘Status’.
Step 5- Now, click on ‘Wireless properties’
Step 6- Then go to the ‘Security’ tab and mark the checkbox ‘Show characters’ to see the characters of the Wi-Fi password.
4.Forget your Wi-Fi network
Sometimes users have reported that they are getting Windows 10 can’t connect to this network message while trying to establish an Internet connection.
This can be an issue with the password mismatch between router and device, however, it can be fixed easily by forgetting a Wi-Fi network.
Forgetting the Wi-Fi network and re-adding it will prompt you to reconnect to the Wi-Fi connection with username and password, which will solve the problem of password mismatch.
Forgetting a Wi-Fi network on Windows 10 takes a couple of steps.
Step 1- At the bottom right corner, click on the Network icon in the taskbar, yow’ll see a popup containing the name of WIFI networks
Step 2- Right Click on the network and select Forget.
After Forgetting you will be prompted to re-enter the password. You can now enter the corrected password so you don’t get Windows 10 can’t connect to this network message.
By all the methods mentioned above, you will be easily able to connect to your Wi-FI network and access the internet as you did earlier on your windows machine But, if the problem still exists, you can check the comprehensive network troubleshooting guide by Microsoft.