How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with a Windows Laptop

By | May 21, 2020

How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows
If you have a Windows laptop that is having WiFi issues there are some common problems that can be fixed.

A WiFi problem will usually be shown with a small red-X on the network and connection icon on the bottom right.
How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Overview
Sometimes no error is shown and still no wireless connection.

Each laptop has a wireless card built-in to connect to the WiFi.
How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows WiFi Card
Wireless cards are small radios that have WiFi protocols to communicate to other wireless devices such as a router.

When a wireless card stops working there are several things that can be checked to get it working again.

Below are some common wireless problems with Windows laptops along with the steps to fix them.
 




 
How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with a Windows Laptop

  1. Check the Wireless Switch

  2. How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 1.5
    First be sure any WiFi switch on the laptop is turned on.

    All laptops are different and there may or not be a wireless switch.
    How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 1.1
    Sometimes a switch will stay amber when pressed which is often another problem.
     

  3. Be Sure WiFi is Enabled In Windows

  4. How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 2
    The wireless card can be enabled and disabled in Windows be sure it is enabled.

    To check go to Network and Internet–>Network Connections and right-click the WiFi icon.
     

  5. Be Sure Wireless is Enabled in BIOS

  6. How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 3
    Depending on the laptop there is usually a setting in the BIOS to Enable or Disable the wireless.

    To get into the BIOS a Key is pressed when the laptop is first powered on before Windows starts.

    While not usually the problem it is something to keep in mind.
     

  7. Update WiFi Card Driver

  8. If the internal WiFi card Driver gets corrupted or outdated it may not work correctly.

    Updating the Driver is easy to do if you have an internet connection with the laptop.

    Since the WiFi is not working an Ethernet cable would likely need to be used or USB WiFi adapter.
    How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 4

    To Update the Driver go to Device Manager and right-click on the Wireless Card.
    How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 4.1
    Select Update Driver for Windows to search for the best version.

    A popup will come up select Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software.

    Windows will search the internet for updated Drivers and automatically install them.
     

  9. Install WiFi Card Driver Manually

  10. How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 5
    While windows usually is very good at finding the correct Driver sometimes it can be wrong.

    If this happens you can install the Driver manually by going to the laptop manufacture website and downloading it.

    Each manufacture will have a different set up but basically download the WiFi Driver and install it.
     




     

  11. Reset TCP/IP

  12. There is a built-in set of instructions called TCP/IP that can sometimes become corrupted and need reset.

    If your Internet connection is really slow or you cannot connect to the Internet and you have tried all other methods to resolve the problem, TCP/IP might be causing it.

    A Command Prompt Window will need to be opened to type in commands.
    How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 6
    To open this Window type in CMD in the search bar, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as Administrator.

    Type in the command netsh int ip reset.
    How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Problem 6.2
    After it is done restart the computer and test the WiFi.
     

  13. Reset Winsock

  14. Resetting Windows Winsock can also clear problems.

    Type in the command netsh winsock reset.
    How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Overview Winsock Reset
    After it is done restart the laptop and test the WiFi.
     

  15. Flush DNS

  16. Flushing the DNS can also help clear out problems.

    Type in the command ipconfig /flushdns.
    How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Overview Flush DNS
    After it is done restart the laptop and test the WiFi.
     

  17. Replace the WiFi Card

  18. How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with Windows Replace Card
    If you have tried everything and he WiFi still will not work the wireless card may have gone bad.

    Most laptops have the wireless card installed at the bottom which can be replaced. Of course every manufacture builds laptops differently so be sure to check online for its location.

    Another easier option is a wireless USB Adapter that simply plugs into a USB slot and connects to the WiFi.

    There are many types of wireless USB adapters to fit most any setup from small out of the way units to large units with big antennas for better reception.

Summary
Fixing a Windows laptop with wireless problems can at times be easy and other times problematic.

The internal wireless card built into a laptop is a small radio that needs the correct Drivers and protocols to communicate with other devices.

Be sure any wireless switch is set to on.

While a WiFi on/off switch may be obvious it is a common mistake.

If all else fails an easy option is to buy a wireless USB adapter.

Wireless USB adapters are low-cost options that work very well and may even upgrade your laptop’s WiFi.

Have you had WiFi problems with a Windows Laptop? Let us know how you fixed it below.


 




 

5 thoughts on “How To Fix WiFi Connection Problems with a Windows Laptop

  1. Thomas

    The driver for my Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 adapter is not appearing in the device manager. I tried going to the Intel website as well as ASUS to download drivers but nothing has worked. Will try downloading a previous version.

    Reply
  2. Rounak

    My friends laptop’s WiFi tends to always default to 802.11N for some reason, even if WiFi AC is available. any idea why>?

    Reply
  3. allthingsnice

    Good guide, covers all sorts of fixes. I had an issue where my wifi was going very slowly even though it was fine on my phone. I think the latest driver solved it.

    Reply
  4. J Lock

    Windows 10 is the problem. You’ll never get your WIFI to work 100%. I’ve been using 8.1 for years and my WIFI NEVER dropped out unless the router disconnected, which was rare. I switch to Windows 10 Pro and in one week I get multiple drop outs. Some lasting 30 minutes. I tried Windows 10 on another PC and the same thing…drop outs! Went back to 8.1 on both PC’s and guess what…no more drop outs.

    Reply
    1. gotm

      That is a Driver problem. Windows 10 needs an updated Driver.

      Reply

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