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Top 2 Ways to Fix No Wi-Fi Available after Windows 10 Update Issue

Apr. 17, 2017 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Tips
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Windows 10 Wi-Fi Problem: No Wireless Internet Connection and No Wi-Fi after Windows 10 Update

Lots of users have reported that there are many upgrade bugs in Windows 10, including no sound, black screen, blue screen, no internet access, etc. Recently, many users encounter the no Wi-Fi available in Windows 10 issue. The Windows 10 Wi-Fi problems include: Wi-Fi is not available after Windows 10 update from Windows 8.1, 8, or 7, no Wi-Fi connections available after Windows 10 upgrade, or no Wi-Fi adapters available in the system.

See Also: Top 7 Ways to Fix Windows 10 Network Connection Issues


Here are some of the reports we've received from users about this broken Windows 10 Wi-Fi issue.

Luckily, there are working solutions to fix this Wi-Fi not working issue after Windows 10 installation on computers like Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, Sony, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, IBM, Alienware, Compaq, Gateway, LG, Microsoft, MSI, etc.

Why Wi-Fi Not Available after Windows 10 Upgrade

What causes Windows 10 not connecting to Wi-Fi? There are 2 main reasons why your Wi-Fi is not available after upgrade to Windows 10.

1. The Wi-Fi or the wireless adapter driver is not updated and not compatible with Windows 10. In some cases, the Wi-Fi driver is missing after Windows 10 update.

2. If reinstalling Wi-Fi drivers doesn't help, the problem may be triggered by unsupported VPN software present during the Windows 10 upgrade. If you have an old VPN client, specifically the Cisco VPN client or Sonic Global client, it’s certain that the piece of software is what is causing the no internet connection issue on Windows 10. Uninstall the VPN software.

Microsoft has explained it: “This issue may occur if older VPN software is installed on Windows 8.1 and is present during the upgrade to Windows 10. Older software versions contain a Filter Driver (the Deterministic Network Enhancer) which is not properly upgraded, leading to the issue.”

Wired Ethernet connections may also not function properly, if you are using built-in Ethernet adapter or a USB Ethernet adapter. Please note that some connected devices (like the very old ones) may also cause this no Internet issue.

Top 2 Solutions to Fix Windows 10 Wi-Fi Not Available Issue

Try the 2 ways below to solve the Windows 10 Wi-Fi not working or won't turn on problem on your laptop, desktop PC or notebook computer. Here is how to make Wi-Fi available. Also see the Updated information at the end of the post.

Top 1. Update Wi-Fi Adapter Drivers on Windows 10

To resolve the Windows 10 Wi-Fi not available issue, the first method should go to the wireless driver to match with Windows 10. The driver for the previous Windows 8.1 or 7 is not compatible with Windows 10 and the Windows 10 might have removed it during update. Therefore, fix the Wi-Fi driver with Driver Talent (formerly called DriveTheLife). This tool can help to check if the Wi-Fi driver causes the problem and then update the outdated driver either by repairing it or downloading the latest one to match the wireless adapter for Windows 10.

You can also try the network version: Driver Talent for Network Card. This version can help to fix the driver (download and install the latest driver) without Internet connection. You should install this tool before updating to Windows 10. Alternatively, download it with an available computer that has Internet connection and move it to your computer to install network driver offline.

Note: Some users may have installed the Wi-Fi driver but the Windows 10 Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting. This is because the driver you installed can't work properly on your computer. Try Driver Talent to install the Windows 10 Wi-Fi driver to work so that it can work properly.

Download and install Driver Talent on your laptop, notebook or desktop computer to solve your Windows 10 Wi-Fi not working issue.

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Step 1. Run Driver Talent to scan your computer. It can check all driver problems.

Step 2. One click to update the drivers or repair the drivers.

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Top 2. Enter Command to Fix No Wi-Fi after Windows 10 Update

Important: Follow the steps below carefully. Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Before you modify it, back up the registry for restoration in case problems occur.

You can use command to fix this Windows 10 Wi-Fi not working problem if it's triggered by VPN software.

Step 1. Right click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu. This can launch Command Prompt as Admin.

win 10 command prompt

Step 2. Enter the following command and hit the Enter key:

reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /va /f

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Step 3. Enter the command below at the Command Prompt window and press Enter once more:

netcfg -v -u dni_dne

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Step 4. Restart the computer and check back with your Wi-Fi settings. You now should see a revived list of all the available networks within range.

Note: If you have the Cisco VPN client, Sonic Global client or other VPN software running on your computer and you are planning to upgrade to Windows 10, uninstall the VPN before proceeding.

See Also: Top 7 Solutions to Fix Wi-Fi Disconnecting Issue after Windows 10 Update

Optimize Wireless Adapter Settings for Best Wi-Fi Performance

If your computer drops Wi-Fi or shows no Wi-Fi available, you could change the wireless adapter power settings to get the best Wi-Fi performance. The default power option is "Power saving mode", which will result in Windows 10 Wi-Fi problem while connecting to distant WAPs. Take the following steps to fix the Wi-Fi issue.

Step 1. Press "Windows Key + S" and choose "Power Options".


Step 2. Locate the current plan of your computer ("Balanced") and click "Change plan settings".


Step 3. Click "Change advanced power settings".

Step 4. Choose "Maximum Performance" under "Wireless Adapter settings".


Step 5. Click "Apply", and then click "OK".

Updated: We've seen many users sharing their methods to troubleshoot the Windows 10 Wi-Fi not working problem in the comments. If the above 2 solutions don't work for you, try to turn on the Wi-Fi again in Settings (Windows 10 update may change the settings during the installation); or try to de-select the option "allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" on Device Manager >> Network Adapters >> Properties >> Power Management tab.


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