3 Ways to Fix WiFi Adapter Not Working in Windows 10

Jun. 24, 2022 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10

A lot of users report the WiFi adapter not working issue in Windows 10, which often occurs after some Windows 10 udpate, like the Fall Creators Update, Creators Update, Anniversary Update, etc. The WiFi adapter is not showing up or not being detected by the computer. If you are one of them, here are 3 solutions to fix the wireless adapter problem.

Method 1. Update Network Adapter Driver

An outdated network adapter driver could cause the WiFi adapter not working or no WiFi available issue in Windows 10. In this case, you need to update your network adapter driver immediately. If you are a computer novice, it's recommended to use a reliable driver update utility tool, such as Driver Talent, remarked as the safest and fastest way to update drivers, which could detect your incompatible network driver instantly and then automatically download and install the most updated version in minutes.

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Follow these 3 straightforward steps to download and update the correct network adapter driver with Driver Talent to fix the Wi-Fi adapter not working issue in Windows 10.

1. Scan Your PC

Click "Scan" to perform the scanning process of your computer. Driver Talent will list all your outdated, corrupt, broken or missing drivers.


2. Download and Update Network Adapter Driver

One-click "Repair" to get the problematic network adapter driver fixed in 2 minutes. You also have the option to click "Update" to keep all your drivers up to date. But don't update what ain’t broken for stability purpose.


3. Reboot Your PC

Reboot your PC to apply the network adapter driver update. This will fix the WiFi adapter not working or no WiFi after Windows 10 update.

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Method 2. Run Windows 10 Network Troubleshooter

You could also try to run the Network troubleshooter to diagnose the no WiFi connection problems and then fix the WiFi adapter not working problem in Windows 10. You need to do the following:

Step 1. Go to Search, type troubleshoot in the search box and then open Troubleshooting

Step 2. Go to Network and Internet, and then to Network adapters

Step 3. Follow the steps in the troubleshooter and let the process finish to see if that can provide any solutions

Step 4. Perform the recommended solution to fix no WiFi or wireless adapter not working issue


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Method 3. Use Command Prompt

Another effective troubleshooting method is using Command Prompt to resolve the wireless adapter not working or showing up problem in Windows 10. Follow these steps:

Step 1. Right-click the Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin)

Step 2. Type the following command in the command prompt window and hit Enter

netcfg –s n

Step 3. A list of network protocols, drivers and services will appear. Check if DNI_DNE is present. If it is, this problem applies to you.

Step 4. If DNI_DNE is in the list, type the following commands one after another in the same command prompt window to resolve the problem:

reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /f
netcfg -v -u dni_dne

After finishing the above 4 steps, if you receive an error 0x80004002, you could proceed the following steps:

Step 1. Press Windows + R altogether to open the Run box

Step 2. Type Regedit and then press Enter to open Registry Editor

Step 3. Navigate to the registry key below:


Step 4. If DNI_DNE still exists, delete it

After that, you can restart the computer and reconnect to your WiFi network to see if the no WiFi or wireless adapter not working problem has been resolved.

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If you have any questions or ideas about the WiFi adapter not working or no WiFi issue in Windows 10, please drop a line in the comments section below. If you have any other no WiFi connection or wireless adapter problems, please click the support menu on the left side of this page, or go to Windows 10 section on this site or our blog for solutions.

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