Intel And Broadcom WiFi Adapters Not Working On Windows 10 1903, Acknowledges Microsoft And Promises Fix In Next Update

Microsoft Windows 10 1903, which is the latest stable version of the popular PC operating system, may have problems with Wireless Adapters made by Intel as well as Broadcom. These could stop functioning abruptly without any indication or warning, acknowledged Microsoft on Twitter. There is a simple fix to get the WiFi adapters with Intel and Broadcom chipsets working again. However, the fix is temporary. Microsoft has confirmed it is aware of the weird issue or bug in Windows OS and has promised it is working on a reliable and permanent solution.

Not long after Windows 10 1903 OS users started facing weird sound muffling or poor audio quality issues, another bug has cropped up. A few weeks ago, the latest Microsoft Windows OS had deliberately severed connection with unreliable Bluetooth drivers or devices. This time around a few WiFi adapters with Intel or Broadcom chipsets could stop working or connecting. Strangely, even a reboot does not solve the issue. There is, however, a simple but temporary workaround to get the WiFi adapters working again. In addition to acknowledging the WiFi not working issue in Windows 10 1903, Microsoft has promised it is working on a fix. The company added that a permanent working fix could be included in the upcoming string of updates.

How To Fix Intel Or Broadcom WiFi Not Working In Windows 10 1903?

Microsoft acknowledged via Windows Update that there are issues in Windows 10 version 1903 involving a few specific Intel and Broadcom Wi-Fi adapters. The company even mentioned the WiFi issue on a Microsoft Docs Website for Windows 10 version 1903:

Microsoft and NEC have found incompatibility issues with Intel Centrino 6205/6235 and Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi cards when running Windows 10, version 1903 on specific models of NEC devices. If these devices are updated to Windows 10, version 1903, they will no longer be able to use any Wi-Fi connections. The Wi-Fi driver may have a yellow exclamation point in device manager. The task tray icon for networking may show the icon for no internet and Network & Internet settings may not show any Wi-Fi networks. To safeguard your update experience, we have applied a compatibility hold on the affected devices from being offered Windows 10, version 1903.”

The note clearly mentions that only a few adapters with Intel and Broadcom chipsets, especially those sporting the current generation 802.11AC standards, and that too on a few specific models of NEC devices, might face issues with connecting to the wireless network on the premises after an update. Interestingly, there’s a rather simple but temporary fix to get the WiFi adapters to reconnect with the wireless network.

Microsoft advises affected Windows 10 1903 users to simply disable and then re-enable the WiFi adapters. Users can easily do so by heading over to Windows 10 Device Manager. This should allow the users to continue using the WiFi on their devices through these adapters. However, the weird WiFi issue reappears after every boot cycle. In other words, users will have to repeat the process after every reboot to re-enable the WiFi and get it working.

Microsoft Windows 10 updates have been causing some weird issues. What’s even more concerning is that the updates, meant to solve one issue, become the cause of a few more. However, Microsoft has been actively addressing these weird issues and bugs in Windows 10 OS and has been issuing updates and fixes at an accelerated pace. There’s even an upcoming feature that would automatically rollback problematic updates.


Alap Naik Desai

A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.
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