Fix: Can’t Connect to Network in Windows

The “can’t connect to this network” can be regarded as one of the biggest problems that Windows users face. The Internet has become a fundamental necessity and when you are denied access to connect to your for no apparent reasons. The methods listed in this guide are the most likely culprits of this issue.

Pay careful attention and note down any changes you may have made, such as updating or replacing the router or changing the security key of your wireless network, or anything else prior to the issue. Depending on what exactly happened, you can choose one of the methods below or if you do not know anything at all about changing anything then simply start from Method 1 till the end until the issue is sorted out.

Method 1: Tweak Wireless Network Adapter Drivers

In the first method, we will be showing you how you can manually update the network adapter drivers to resolve this issue. Most of the time, this problem is caused by outdated network adapter drivers and this has to be the first solution you should try:

  1. Press Windows key + X to invoke the menu above the start button.
  2. Select Device Manager from the list.
  3. From the list, select Network Adapters and then your network adapter (The names can differ based on the make of your computer).
  4. Right-click on the adapter and select “Update driver software”.
  5. Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” from the list.
  6. The updated driver will then begin downloading and will install itself. Click on “Close” when done.
    Cant connect to this network
  7. Restart your computer. If it cannot find the driver or update it you can also re-install the driver by connecting your computer via Ethernet to the router and then going to the manufacturer’s site to download the driver.
  8. If this doesn’t work, repeat the process till the fourth step and choose the “Browser my Computer for Driver Software” and then select the “Let me pick from a list of devices“.
  9. Uncheck the “Show compatible Hardware” option and then select the appropriate driver from the list.
    Unchecking the “Show Compatible Hardware” option.
  10. Check to see if the issue persists
  11. If the issue still persists, try to roll back your drivers by repeating the process till step 3 and then selecting “Properties” after right-clicking on the driver.
  12. Click on the “Driver” tab and then select the “Rollback Driver” option.
    Selecting “Rollback Driver” option
  13. Follow the onscreen prompts to roll back the driver and check to see if the issue persists.

Method 2: Power Cycle your Router or Modem

As a second method, we will be showing you how you can try to fix the issue by turning your router off for some time and then trying to connect again:

  1. Press the power button at the back of your router to turn it off.
  2. Wait for 30 minutes before turning it on again.
  3. When the network starts showing on your Wi-Fi connection search list, try connecting with it again to see if the problem is still there.

This didn’t solve the issue for you either? Try the next method.

Method 3: Run the Windows Troubleshooter

Follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + R and write Control Panel in the Run dialog. Press enter.
  2. In the “Search control panel” bar present at the top right-hand side of the window, type “Troubleshooter” and press enter.
  3. From the search results, select “Troubleshooting”
  4. Now move over to the Hardware and sound panel by clicking on it.
  5. Click on Hardware and devices.
  6. From the Hardware and sound tab, click on ”Configure a device” and follow to see if you have Windows 1o compatible drivers. If not, continue to the next step.
  7. Download the network drivers from your manufacturer’s website and save them on your desktop.
  8. Press Windows key + R and type “devmgmt.msc” in the Run dialog.
    Running the Device Manager
  9. Find your network adapter under the Network adapters section and right-click on it.
  10. Select properties from the list and then move to the driver tab and select Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation.
  11. Go to the driver that you have downloaded. Right-click on it and select
  12. Move over to the compatibility
  13. Find the checkbox behind the “Run this program in compatibility mode for” option and select “Windows 7” from the list.
    Uncheck Run this Program in Compatibility Mode
  14. Now right click on the downloaded driver file. Select “Run as administrator” from the dropdown list and when prompted, say “Okay”.
  15. Complete the installation and then restart.

If this still doesn’t solve the issue, then continue reading.

Method 4: Change Network Key (Security/Encryption) from WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK to WPA2-PSK with TKIP/AES for your Wireless Adapter

Wired Equivalent Privacy or WEP is the algorithm that was supported by most of the operating systems before Windows 8. From Windows 8 and onwards, Microsoft removed the support for WEP and WPA-PSK. So if your network connection is using WEP (or WPA-PSK) still, you won’t be able to connect to it. To confirm this, follow these steps: (Note: To find this out, you need to be connected to the network that is giving you problems. For this purpose, you can either use a LAN cable or just connect from a computer that doesn’t have this issue. Also, these steps are for Windows 10. Follow similar ones on Windows 8 or other versions.)

  1. Press Windows Key + A to invoke the action center.
  2. Select Settings from the list.
  3. Then click on Network and Internet.
  4. Now click on advanced options.
  5. Here, under the properties section and against Security type you will see the one that your network is using.2016-07-28_114751

If the current one is WEP, ask your network provider to change it to WPA-personal and use the TKIP algorithm for encryption purposes; that should enable you to connect to the network. Advanced users can also try this method themselves by connecting the PC via a LAN cable and then going to the wireless security tab on your router to change the WEP or WPA-PSK to WPA2-PSK with TKIP/AES encryption. The easiest way to access the router settings is by locating your Default Gateway IP and then typing that IP into the browser’s address bar. You can get the IP from the command prompt, by clicking Start -> typing cmd and in the command prompt type ipconfig /all.

Go through the list of the information until you see Default Gateway IP

Method 5: Forgetting Network

In some cases, the network might not have been working properly due to the wrong configuration by the computer. Therefore, in this step, we will be forgetting the network and then reconnecting to fix this issue. For that:

  1. Right-click on the “Wifi” icon in the system tray and select “Open Network and Internet Settings” option.
  2. Click on the “Wifi” button in the left column.
  3. Select the “Manage Known Networks” button and then click on your current Wifi network.
    Accessing the Manage known networks menu
  4. Select the “Forget” button and then close the settings.
  5. Connect to your internet connection again and then check to see if the issue is fixed.

Method 6: Network Reset

In some cases, the issue can be triggered if there are bugs/glitches in the Windows 10 network settings. Therefore, in this step, we will be resetting our network configurations. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “I” to open settings.
  2. Click on the “Network & Internet” option and then select “Network Reset” from the list.
    Performing a network reset
  3. Click on the “Reset Now” button and wait for it to be reset.
  4. Check to see if the issue persists.

Method 7: Changing Transmission Mode

In some cases, the transmission channel that you might have selected in the transmission settings might not be supported by your router. Therefore, in this step, we will be changing the transmission mode and then check if that fixes this issue. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open Run prompt.
  2. Type in “Devmgmt.msc” and press “Enter”.
    Type devmgmt.msc and Press Enter to Open Device Manager
  3. Expand the “Network Adapters” list and right-click on your “Network Adapter”.
    Clicking on the “Network Adapters” option
  4. Click on “Properties” and then select the “Advanced” tab.
  5. Select the “802.11n” mode from the list and select “Disabled” from the “Value” dropdown.
    Clicking on the “Advanced” tab and disabling the option
  6. Check to see if the issue persists.

Method 8: Re-Enabling Wireless Adapter

In certain situations, the issue is simply fixed by first disabling the network adapter and then enabling it back up. This reportedly gets rids of the glitch with the network adapter and causes it to load right up. In order to do this, follow the guide below.

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open Run prompt.
  2. Type in “Devmgmt.msc” and press “Enter”.
    Type devmgmt.msc and Press Enter to Open Device Manager
  3. Expand the “Network Adapters” list and right-click on your “Network Adapter”.
    Clicking on the “Network Adapters” option
  4. Right-click on your adapter and select “Disable Device”.
  5. After waiting for 10 seconds, right-click on it again and select “Enable Device”.
  6. Also, try to disable all other Network adapters inside and only keep the one used by the PC enabled.
  7. Check to see if the issue persists.

Method 9: Changing Network Name

In a weird turn of events, this issue was fixed for some people by simply changing their network name from the router. This can be done by logging on to the router page and then navigating to network settings. Under which, you can change your network name. This differs from router to router and ISP to ISP so consult your router manual for detailed instructions.

Method 10: Network Reset

This error can also be fixed by performing a Network Reset. In order to do so, we have to open up an elevated command prompt and then type in the reset command into it. For that:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the Run prompt.
  2. Type in “cmd” and press “Shift” + “Ctrl” + “Enter” to grant administrative privileges.
  3. Type in the following commands and press “Enter” to execute it.
    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset reset.log
    netsh advfirewall reset
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /registerdns
    route /f


  4. Wait for the commands to be executed and reboot your computer.
  5. Check to see if the issue persists.

Note: Also try rebooting the router by unplugging it from power and then connecting after 30 seconds. In addition to that, disconnect all your peripherals from the computer such as Keyboard, mouse, headset and monitor temporarily and check if that fixes this issue.


Kevin Arrows

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