Many of the Windows 10 users who recently upgraded their Windows are reporting to have an issue with their WiFi which is keeping disconnecting frequently. The reason behind this error may be you have old/incompatible WiFi driver installed on your computer or it may be because Windows is turning network driver off. If you are facing this issue, you should try these fixes.
Initial Workaround– If you are facing this issue for the first time on your computer, then go for these simple steps and check every time if frequent WiFi disconnection has solved.
1. Restart your WiFi manually. Don’t forget to check if the issue is fixed.
2. Reboot your computer. Check if the problem is fixed.
If these steps didn’t work out for you then go for these fixes-
Fix 1- Reset TCP/IP configuration
1. Search cmd in Windows 10 Search box.
2. Right click on Command prompt icon and run as administrator.
3. Now, Run the following command given below one by one in command prompt.
netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt
Fix- 2 Set the WLAN AutoConfig service as Automatic
WLAN AutoConfig is a Windows service which detects and connects to a wireless network. Now, sometime this service is not started automatically, which can cause this error. Follow these steps to automatically start the WLAN AutoC0nfig service.
1. Press Windows Key+R to open “Run”, and type “services.msc” and click on “OK”. Services window will open.
2. Scroll down to find “WLAN AutoConfig” service in the list of services. Now, double click on “WLAN AutoConfig” and “WLAN AutoConfig Properties” window will be opened.
3. Now click on drop down menu beside the option “Startup type:” and select “Automatic” from the list. Now, click on “Apply” and then on “OK” to save the changes.
4. Reboot your computer and try to connect with your WiFi. If it still is there then go for this next fix.
Fix-3 Update the WiFi network driver
Your WiFi connection is dropping frequently because of an old/incompatible version of network driver may be installed on your computer. Updating your WiFi driver may solve the problem. Follow these steps to update your WiFi-
1. Press Windows key+ R to open Run. Now, type “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter. Device Manager utility will open.
2. In the Device Manager window, find “Network Adapters” from the list, click on it to expand it. Now, from the drop-down select the driver which you are using . Right click on it and click on “Update driver”.
3. You will be asked “How do you want search for the drivers?“. Choose the option “Search automatically for updated driver software“.
Wait till Windows searches for compatible driver for your WiFi driver, downloads it and installs it.
Reboot your computer.
Connect with your network and check if it keeps disconnecting or not. If the issue still persists then go for the next fix.
Fix-4 Uninstall and Reinstall WiFi driver
If your WiFi is auto-updated recently then there is a possibility that your WiFi driver has some old/corrupted temporary files in its driver folder. Uninstalling and reinstalling the driver may solve the problem-
1. Right click on the Windows icon on the left most corner of your screen, and click on “Device Manager“. Device Manager window will open.
2. In the Device Manager utility window, you will have many devices as a list. Look for the “Network Adapter” device and click on it and it will be expanded to show available drivers. Right click on the WiFi driver you are using, click on “Uninstall device“. This will uninstall the driver.
In the next process we will install the WiFi driver again-
Just reboot your computer and Windows will install the uninstalled driver itself. You will have your WiFi driver working fine again.
If restarting your computer didn’t install the driver then you have to install the driver yourself. Follow to install the driver manually-
1. In the Device manager window, click on “Action”. Again click on “Scan for hardware changes“.
2. This will find the uninstalled the driver and install the driver again.
If Method 2 did not install the driver then follow this next steps –
1.Click on “View” of the Device Manager. Then click on “Show hidden device“.
2. This will show the hidden drivers. Look out for your WiFi driver. Your WiFi driver will have a yellow triangle with its name (as it has no installed driver). Right Click on the WiFi driver and click on the “Update driver software“.
3.You will be prompted “How do you want search for the drivers?“. Choose the option “Search automatically for updated driver software“.
4. Wait till Windows searches for compatible driver for your WiFi driver, downloads it and installs it. Close Device Manger window. Restart your computer to save the changes.
Check if you are facing the same issue again or not.
Fix-5 Keep your WiFi driver ON
Sometimes it may happen is that, Windows is turning off this device whenever it is going into sleep mode. This may be the cause of the problem you are facing. Follow these steps to keep your WiFi driver ON when your computer is in Sleep mode.
1. Press Windows Key+R to open Run. Type “ncpa.cpl” and hit Enter. This will open Network Connections window in Control Panel.
2. Now, right click on the WiFi you are currently using. Click on “Properties“.
3. Click on “Configure” option in the Properties window.
4. Now, go to the “Power Management” tab and uncheck the box for “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power“. Click on “OK” to save the changes. Close the control panel.
5. Restart your computer.
Check if the problem is still there or not. Go for the next solution if your problem is still there.
Fix 6 – Change Network to Private
1. Click on Wifi Icon located in the Taskbar.
2. Click on Properties located below your connected wifi name.
3. Change Network Profile from Public to Private.
Fix-7 Change your WiFi channel
Some WiFi channels overlaps and as a result your WiFi signal may be weaken. This phenomenon is quite general in case you are living in a flat/apartment where multiple WiFi router are used. To find out if your WiFi router is using a very busy channel then follow this steps-
1. Download WiFiinfoview. Go to the download location of the tool. Right click on it and click on “Extract to a specified folder“. Then select your favorable location to extract the files.
2. Now, go to the location where you have extracted the tool. Double click on the “WiFiInfoView” to run it.
3. Now, you will have a list of WiFi routers around you. Focus on the Number of routers using the same channel. The more the number of the router more is the overlapping of the WiFi signals. So, notice the least crowded channel.
4. Open the router settings page in your browser. Go to the “Wireless” settings tab. Upon clicking on the “Channel” option, it will show you the available channels for your router- 1 to 11 ( generally for 5 GHz router). Choose the least crowded channel among all the option of channels are available. At the last step click on “Apply” to apply those changes.
5. Reboot your router to apply those changes (Generally your router should reboot automatically if you change its settings).
Check if your WiFi is not disconnecting frequently.
Sambit is a Mechanical Engineer By qualification who loves to write about Windows 10 and solutions to weirdest possible problems.