How to Fix Network Adapter not working Windows

Microsoft Corporation pushes regular Windows update for Windows 10 Operating System to fix several bugs and improve the overall performance. In some cases, Windows updates are also known to create more problems rather than resolving them. Here, we are discussing about “Network Adapter not working” Error that is one of the most common problem occur usually after upgraded your device to latest Windows 10.

Slow internet speeds, intermittent loss of Wi-Fi connectivity or connection loss sing a wireless or wired connection causing issues connecting to the internet. If you are facing trouble while accessing the local network or internet after recent Windows update, then you can read & follow our instructions to fix this problem.

Many Windows users have already reported about this issue on various popular online platforms including Microsoft Official forum site and asked for the solution. They explained that their computer weren’t able to detect and recognize the Network Adapter. Users reported that the issue is usually occurs after upgraded their PC to Windows while Network Adapter is working properly on Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Some common issues related to Network Adapter not working

  • Windows 10 No WiFi option: Sometimes, the WiFi button in the taskbar may not even be there. You can fix this problem with the solution below
  • Windows 10 WiFi connected but no internet: WiFi option appears on System tray and is connected but can’t connect to the internet.
  • Windows 10 no WiFi option in settings: WiFi option may also disappear from its settings page
  • Network Adapter not working Windows 10: Due to missing Network Adapter, you can’t connect to the internet either via WiFi or via Ethernet connection.

This error might occur due to missing/corrupted Network Adapter Driver. Network Adapter Driver is required to communicate your Network Adapters with your Operating System version which you have. In case if “Yellow Exclamation Mark” or “Yellow Questioned Mark” shows on your Network Adapter in “Device Manager”, then you need to update or reinstall Network Adapter drivers in your computer to fix. Let’s go for the solution.

How to Fix Network Adapter not working on Windows 10?

Method 1: Restart your computer

First method to resolve this problem is to restart your computer. Simple restart can fix this problem. Let’s try.

Step 1: Click on “Start” button

Step 2: Click on “Power” button and select “Restart” option

Step 3: After restart, if the network status shows the computer is connected, you can confirm it by tying loading to a website

Method 2: Check Network Settings using Command Prompt

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Command Prompt as Administrator”

Step 2: In the opened “Command Prompt” window, type “ipconfig” command and hit “Enter” key to determine the IP address of router

Step 3: Confirm the “Default Gateway” address which should be the address of the local router

Step 4: Type the follow command to confirm the router is reachable and hit “Enter” key

“ping ROUTER-IP”

Here, replace ROUTER-IP with your router IP address

Step 5: Confirm the successful replies without packet loss in output

Step 6: Once done, if no packets were lost, the connection to the router works. It indicates the problem could be the Internet Service Provider (ISP) or the connection between router and ISP.

Method 3: Reconnect WiFi connection

Step 1: Open “Settings” App and click on “Network & Internet > WiFi”

Step 2: Turn Off WiFi toggle switch and then turn ON WiFi toggle switch

Step 3: Click on “Show Available networks” option

Step 4: Select the wireless network and click on “Connect” button

Step 5: Type the wireless password if applicable and hit “Next” button

Step 6: Once done, you can try to connect to the network and the internet and check if the problem is resolved.

Method 4: Re-enable Network Adapter

Step 1: Open “Settings” App and go to “Network & Internet > Status”

Step 2: Click on “Change Adapter Options” link under “Advanced Network Settings” section

Step 3: Right-click on wifi or Ethernet Adapter and select “Enable” option

Step 4: This will enable and reconfigure automatically. Once done, please check if the trouble is resolved.

Method 5: Uninstall and reinstall Network Adapter

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Device Manager”

Step 2: In the opened “Device Manager” window, locate and expand “Network Adapters” category

Step 3: Right-click on your Network Adapter and select “Uninstall”

Step 4: Follow on-screen instructions to finish the uninstall process.

Step 5: Now, visit your Network Adapter’s manufacturer websites and download the latest drivers for your Network Adapter

Step 6: Double-click on “downloaded file” or “setup file” and follow on-screen instructions to finish the installation process. Once done, restart your computer to save the changes and please check if Network Adapter not working problem is resolved.

Method 6: Refresh your Windows 10 computer

“Refresh Windows 10” allows you to keep all of your valuable files and data all the build-in apps that come with Windows 10, but deletes any and all third parties applications that you downloaded/installed in your computer since upgrading it to Windows 10. To perform this operation, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open “Settings” App

Step 2: Go to “Update & Security > Recovery”

Step 3: Click on “Get Started” button under “Reset This PC”

Step 4: In the next window, click on “Keep my files” and allow your computer to be refreshed.

Step 5: Once done, your computer will be restart and after that, please check if the trouble is resolved.

Method 7: Uninstall any and all third parties’ security software

Sometimes, this issue occurs due to advanced security features enabled. These features can block some functions of your Network Adapter and as a result of it, you might face network problem. So, you can uninstall all the third parties’ software to fix

Step 1: Open “Control Panel” in your computer

Step 2: Go to “Programs and Features”

Step 3: Locate any third parties’ security software in the list

Step 4: Right-click on it and select “Uninstall”

Step 5: Follow on-screen instructions to finish the uninstall process. Once done, restart your computer.

Method 8:  Reset TCP/IP stack using Command Prompt

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” keys together from keyboard and select “Command Prompt as Administrator”

Step 2: Type the following command one-by-one in Command prompt and hit “Enter” key after each to execute

netsh int ip reset

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled

netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled

Step 3: Wait to complete the process. Once done, reboot your computer and see if you are unable to connect WiFi now.

Method 9: Perform a registry tweak with Command Prompt

 

Step 1: Open “Command Prompt as Administrator” using ‘step 1’ of ‘method 8’

Step 2: Type the following command one-by-one and hit “Enter” key after each

netcfg –s n

Step 3: This command will show a list of network protocols, drivers and services. If DNI_DNE is listed, then you have a problem. Now, type the following command and press “Enter” key to execute

reg delete HKCRCLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /fnetcfg -v -u dni_dne

Step 4: Once done, this should resolve the issue. If you receive error 0x80004002 after executing these command, then this value either not in registry or need to be deleted slightly different. So, you can follow the instructions below to fix.

  • Press “Windows + R” keys together from keyboard and type “regedit” command and then hit “Ok” button to open “Registry Editor”
  • Navigate HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3}
  • Delete DNI_DNE from list if it still exists.

Method 10: Change the Network Adapter settings

Step 1: Open “Properties” window of Network Adapter and look for wireless Adapter that is currently running

Step 2: Search for “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) under the options show up and uncheck it to disable

Step 3: Finally, click on “OK” and restart your computer to save the changes.

Method 11: Switch to maximum performance mode

Step 1: Click on “Start” button and type “Power Management” in Windows Search and open “Power & Sleep”

Step 2: Go to “Additional Power Settings” under “Related Settings”

Step 3: In the opened “Power Options” window, locate your current plan and click “Change Plan Settings”

Step 4: Go to “Change Advanced power settings”

Step 5: Locate “Wireless Adapter Settings” and set the “Power Saving Mode” to “Maximum Performance”

Step 6: Finally, click on “Apply” and “Ok” to save the changes

Conclusion

I am sure this article helped you on how to Fix Network Adapter not working on Windows 10 with several easy methods. You can read & follow our instructions mentioned above to fix this problem and if this article really helped you, then you can share it with others to fix their similar problems. If you have any queries regarding any steps/methods, please write on comment box below.