Wi-Fi and network issues are some of the most common and frustrating problems that Windows users face. Is the “No Wi-Fi Network Found” message being constantly displayed on your Windows 10 screen? You spent hours configuring your router and setting up the perfect connection, but now you’re faced with this.
But don’t worry, this is a common issue, and there are several solutions available that will help you fix it. Follow the simple and easy methods below and you’ll be connected to your Wi-Fi network in no time.
- 1 How To Fix “No Wi-Fi Network Found” On Windows 10?
How To Fix “No Wi-Fi Network Found” On Windows 10?
In most cases, the reason why your computer is unable to detect a Wi-Fi router is usually due to a Wi-Fi adapter driver issue. This can usually be fixed by updating or reinstalling your drivers. These methods alongside some other alternative solutions are discussed in detail below.
Method 1: Reinstall Your Wi-Fi Adapter Driver
Reinstalling your drivers is a relatively simple process thanks to Windows 10’s Device Manager. Follow the simple step-by-step instructions below to uninstall and reinstall your Wi-Fi driver.
- In the Windows start menu, search for “Device Manager” and click on the application.
- In Device Manager, expand the Network adapters arrow and locate your Wireless Adapter.
- Right-click on your wireless adapter and select “uninstall device”. In this example, it is the “Intel Dual Band Wireless” adapter.
- Now select the Action menu and click on “Scan for hardware changes”. After doing this, Windows will automatically detect the uninstalled network driver and reinstall it for you.
This issue usually solves the no WiFi network found issue if your existing wireless adapter drivers had corrupted or faulty files. If this method doesn’t fix the problem, move on to method 2.
Method 2: Update Your Wireless Adapter Driver
After you’ve reinstalled your network driver, it’s crucial to check if you have any important pending updates available. Keeping your Wi-Fi drivers up to date ensures that it’ll be able to communicate with the latest WiFi routers. The great thing is, we can also use Device Manager to update your wireless adapter’s driver. Follow the simple steps below:
- Open Device Manager, right-click on your wireless adapter, and select “Update driver”.
- Select the option “Search automatically for updated driver software”. Windows will now search the internet for any update files and automatically download and install them if any updates are found.
Instead of automatically searching for drivers you can also manually download the Wi-Fi driver files from your manufacturer and then install it using Device Manager. The only difference here is that you’ll select “Browse my computer for drivers” in the image above. You will then have to locate the downloaded driver files for the installation to begin.
Method 3: Use Windows Troubleshooter
Windows Troubleshooter is an easy and hassle-free way to detect why certain issues are appearing on your PC. With this in-built tool, you’ll likely be able to detect the reason why you’re not able to find or connect to any Wi-Fi networks. In order to use the troubleshooter, follow the steps below:
- In your Windows start menu, search for “network adapter”. Then select the control panel option “Find and fix problems with your network adapter”. This will open the Troubleshooter window designated to network adapter settings.
- Click on Next. When it asks you to select the network adapter to diagnose, select Wi-Fi, and click next.
- Windows will now diagnose the network issue and provide you with a solution if it is able to do so. In that case, select “Apply this fix” and your Wi-Fi adapter issue should be resolved.
Method 4: Disable Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
The Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual adapter basically allows your computer to share your internet connection. In other words, it lets you create a portable hotspot from your PC. However, a lot of older devices and routers have compatibility issues with this virtual adapter. Hence, we suggest you try to disable this adapter and see if you’re able to connect to a wireless network.
Note, after doing this you won’t be able to create a hotspot from your PC.
- Open Device Manager and click on the View option. Then click on “show hidden devices”.
- Next, expand the Network adapter arrow and you’ll now see that Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter has appeared.
- Simply right-click it and select “disable device”.
Method 5: Reset Your Network Settings
Resetting Your Network Settings will remove and re-install all of your network drivers, including your Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and Bluetooth drivers. It will also restore all network configurations you have made back to the original settings. Moreover, it may remove any VPN settings or software that you had installed. Hence, after performing a reset you’ll have to re-install VPN clients or virtual switches. To reset your network, follow the steps below:
- Right-click on the network icon located on the right corner of your taskbar and select “Open Network & Internet Settings”.
- When the Settings window opens, scroll down and select “Network reset”.
- Select the Reset now button and confirm by selecting Yes. Once the process is completed, your PC will restart, and all of your network configurations will have been reset to its default settings.
We hope the methods above have helped you fix your “No Wi-Fi network found issue” and allowed you to regain connection to your Wi-Fi network. However, if none of the methods above have prevailed then its likely an issue with your Windows 10 update files. If you have any questions or concerns, please leave them in the comments below, we’ll be glad to assist you.