Usually, when the system detects a new Wi-Fi connection, the Action needed for the Wi-Fi prompt shows up. However, it becomes quite annoying when the Action need for Wi-Fi prompt shows up every now and then for the old trusted networks in the system.
Generally, when you click on Action needed for the Wi-Fi prompt, the browser window opens and takes you to Microsoft Connection Test Page. This issue of seeing the prompt for the trusted network occurs after a system upgrade.
In this article, let us discuss two different ways of disabling the Action needed for the Wi-Fi prompt.
It is not advised to disable the Action needed prompt as this is a security feature from Windows and helps to identify the malicious network connections. However, if it is a network you trust, then, it is safe to disable the prompt.
Method 1: Disconnect and reconnect to the Wi-Fi
Step 1: Click on Wifi Icon located in the Taskbar.
Step 2: Click on the Wi-Fi connection that you are connected to.
Step 3: Click on the Disconnect button
Step 4: Again, right-click on the connection and choose to Forget
Step 5: Once again, click on the Wi-Fi Connection and choose Connect
Step 6: Once you are connected to the network, click on the Properties located below your connected wifi name.
Step 7: Change Network Profile from Public to Private.
Check if this helps. If not, try the next method listed.
Method 2: Using Registry Tweak
First of all, let us try to understand what we will be achieving from the registry tweak. Windows uses the Network Location Awareness(NLA) service to identify a network and any changes to it. Within this service, there is a component called NCSI(Network Connectivity Status Indicator) which determines if the system has connected to the network properly and the kind of network(like internet or intranet, etc) the system is connected to. When any changes in the network interfaces of the system are detected, the Action needed prompt will show up. With this registry tweak, we will be disabling the Active Probing property of the NCSI component.
Step 1: Open the Run window by pressing the buttons Win Key+r from your keyboard
Step 2: Type regedit and press OK
Step 3: In the UAC window that asks for permission, just click on the Yes button.
NOTE: Registry editing can have an adverse effect on the system even with the slightest mistake. It is advised to take the backup of the registry before proceeding. To take a backup, In the Registry Editor–> Go to File –> Export –> Save your Backup file.
Step 4: In the Editor window, in the top bar, copy-paste the below location
Step 5: From the right-hand side pane, double click on EnableActiveProbing
Step 6: In the Edit DWORD window that opens, edit the Value to 0 and Click on the OK button
Step 7: Navigate to the below location,
Step 8: On the right-hand side, check for the DWORD named NoActiveProbe.If you are able to find the DWORD go to Step 11.
Step 9: In case, you are not able to find one, create a new DWORD. Right-click on empty space and choose New–> DWORD(32-bit) Value
Step 10: Name the newly created DWORD as NoActiveProbe
Step 11: Double-click on NoActiveProbe and set the Value to 1 and click on OK
Step 12: Within the registry key NetworkConnectivityStatusIndicator, create one more key named DisablePassivePolling. There is no need to create one if DWORD with the same name exists. But, if it does not exists, create one by right clicking and choosing new Dword 32 bit.
Step 13: Double click on the DisablePassivePolling and modify its value to 1
Step 14: Finally, click on OK to save the value.
We hope this article has been informative. Thank you for Reading.
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Anusha Pai is a Software Engineer having a long experience in IT industry and having a passion to write.