Step By Step Guide To Fix Limited Connectivity In Windows XP/Vista/7/8

This error is a common indication of problems arising from the Wi-Fi adapter or the router. It does not means that your wireless adapter is disabled, it means that the device cannot communicate the way it needs to with the router. If your other wirelesss devices are already connected to your wireless network router then problem is on the specific computer receiving this error.

This guide is written considering Windows 8; but the autotuning script works on all windows versions.

The connection is limited
However, before proceeding to try any of the  following methods try rebooting your router. Wait 5-6 minutes for the router to initialize and try connecting again, if it still has the connect is limited error  then follow the steps below.

I have created four small batch files, to automate the process of running shell-commands.

Method 1: Resetting the TCP/IP Stack

Get the Reset Script from the link below or type the following commands in Command Prompt

netsh winsock reset catalog

netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log

netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log

Reboot and then Type netsh int ip reset

Right Click on the downloaded file “netshreset.bat” and select Run As Administrator

Run As Administrator

Wait 1-2 minutes, then reconnect to Wi-Fi  and check if you can now connect, if not follow method 2.

Method 2: Disable Power Saving Mode

Chances are, that the Wi-Fi adapter has gone into Power Saving Mode.

Hold the Windows Key on your keyboard and Press R. 2. In the Run Dialog, that opens up type ncpa.cpl and Click OK. Right Click your wireless network adapter and select Properties.

Wireless Network Properties

Select Configure and then select Power Management tab

Network Adapter Configuration

Network Adapter Power Management


Uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”. Click OK, OK again and test.

If it was not enabled by default OR if it still doesn’t works then follow Method 3.

Method 3: Reset TCP/IP AutoTuning

This script is included with the purchase in Method 1. Right Click on the downloaded file autotuningreset.bat and select Run As Administrator. Reboot your computer and test.

There is no fixed cause for this error to pop up – However, it is something easily fixable. In some cases, it requires more troubleshooting  to get to the cause and fix the issue. The most common ones, are listed above with high success rate in getting the limited connectivity issue fixed.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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