How to Fix Windows 10/11 Network Cable Unplugged Error

Nowadays, the Internet is one of the most important parts of our digital lives. Imagine, using your computer without the internet. Many Windows 10 and Windows 11 users are reporting about facing Network Cable Unplugged errors, which means their computer is unable to detect the Ethernet connection properly, leading to errors.


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The error message is usually seen on the desktop or notification screen. It can also be seen in the status of the Ethernet network connection. The error isn’t Ethernet connection specific. Even if you are using a Wi-Fi connection, it can still show up and result in no internet connection. Once you see this error on your computer, it is known to show up in every few hours, or days.

If you are also facing this problem, there is nothing to worry. We will help you fix this error using our methods. Simply perform the methods mentioned below, one by one, until the issue is resolved.

How to Fix Network Cable Unplugged Error

The reason behind this problem may vary according to the configuration of the computer. Every computer has its own unique configuration. Some computer might face this issue due to outdated or faulty drivers, while others may show the same error due to computers’ or an application’s confliction with the connection speed. Doesn’t matter what may be the case with your computer, we will help you solve this problem. Follow the methods to get rid of this error.

This method should fix the issue. If the problem still persists, try the following methods.

Fix 1 –  Change Duplex Settings

Windows uses a complex system known as Duplex, which manages the directions of network communication. Values of the duplex setting are automatically set to default, which is determined by Windows for best performance. Many users have reported that duplex settings were causing the Network Cable Unplugged error and they fixed it by changing its settings. Follow the steps to do so.

Step 1 – Search View Network connections in Windows 10 search box. Click on search result.

View Network Connections Min

 

Step 2 – Now, Right click on your Ethernet adapter and click on properties.

Ethernet Properties Min

 

Step 3  – Select Qos packet scheduler and then click on configure

Configure Min

 


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Step 4 – Click on yes in the prompt which appears.

 

Yes Ethernet Property Min

 

 

Step 5. Go to Advanced tab and locate Speed & Duplex under Property. Click on it to select it.

 

 

Speed & Duplex

 

Step 6. Now, change its value to 100 Mbps Half Duplex. Click on OK.

 


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100 Mbps Half Duplex

 

Step 7. Restart your computer.

 

Note: If this does not help. Just Change the value to 10 Mbps Full Duplex and Check again and see if it works.

Reinsert the Ethernet cable in your computer and check if this has solved the issue, or not. If the problem still persists, you can change other values in Step 4 and check if it fixes the problem. If none of the values seems to work, follow the next method.

Fix 2 – Reset Network

1. Search cmd in windows 10 search box.

2. Now, right click on the command prompt icon and click on run as administrator.

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3. Now, copy and paste the commands one by one and hit enter each time to execute them

ipconfig / flushdns

4. after that run the command given below

netsh winsock reset

5. Now, close the cmd window.

Fix 3 –  Disable Ethernet Connection and Perform a Hard Reboot

If above both methods didn’t help your problem, you should try performing a hard reboot after disabling the Ethernet connection. A hard reboot involves removing the power supply cable and battery (for laptop users) from the computer. This discharges all the capacitors inside your computer. Before doing that, you will have to disable the Ethernet connection as well. Here’s how to perform this method.

 

Step 1. Look for Wi-Fi icon or the network adapter icon on the taskbar. Right-click on it and select Open Network & Internet Settings.

 

Open Network And Internet Settings

 

Step 2. Under Related Settings, go to Change adapter options.

 

 

Change Adapter Options Related Settings

 

Step 3. Now, locate your Ethernet connection and right-click on it. Click on Disable.

 

Ethernet Disable

 

Step 4. Turn off your computer and remove the power cable from it. If you are using a laptop, remove its battery too. Also, unplug the Ethernet cable.

 

Step 5. Wait for good 15 minutes.

 

Step 6. Connect the cable and battery to your computer, and turn it on. Don’t connect the Ethernet cable yet.

 

Step 7. Right-click on Wi-Fi or network adapter icon and select Open Network and Internet Settings.

 

Open Network And Internet Settings

 

Step 8. Go to Change adapter options under Related settings.

 

Change Adapter Options Related Settings

 

Step 9. Right-click on your Ethernet connection and select Enable.

 

Ethernet Enable

 

Step 10. Connect the Ethernet cable back in its slot.

 

Check if this method has solved your problem, or not. If the issue still persists, try the next method.

 

 

Fix 4 –  Uninstall Ethernet Adapter Drivers

Another reason for the error could be faulty drivers. This could have happened as Windows automatically updates the drivers through Windows update, and it could have installed wrong or corrupt drivers. So, in this method, we will uninstall the Ethernet adapter’s drivers so that it can roll back to default drivers. Follow the steps to perform this method.

 

Step 1. Right-click on the Start menu button and select Device Manager.

 

Device Manager

 

Step 2. Expand Network Adapters and right-click on your Ethernet Adapter. Select Uninstall device.

 

 

Update Network Adapter

 

 

Step 3. When asked for confirmation, mark the box beside Delete the driver software for this device and click on Uninstall.

 

 

Update Network Adapter Yes

 

 

Step 4. Now, click on Scan for hardware changes.

 

 

Scan For Hardware Changes

 

 

After performing the last step, Windows will install the default drivers for Ethernet Adapter. Check if this has solved your problem. If you are still facing the issue, follow the next method.

Fix 5 –  Update Ethernet Adapter Drivers

If rolling back the drivers didn’t help, then probably the drivers were/are outdated on your computer. Updating the drivers should solve the problem. Follow the steps to perform this method.

 

Step 1. Right-click on the Start menu button and select Device Manager.

 Device Manager


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Step 2. Expand Network Adapters and right-click on your Ethernet Adapter. Select Update Driver.

 

 

Update Network Adapter 1

 

 

Step 3. Click on Search automatically for updated driver software.

 

 

Search Automatically For Updated Driver Software

 

 

Now the Windows will download and install the latest drivers for Ethernet Adapter. When the process is complete, restart your computer and you will be free of the error.

Fix 6 – Check Hardware for Issues

Before beginning with troubleshooting methods on your computer, you need to make sure that everything’s fine with the hardware. Check the Ethernet cable, on both ends and make surer it isn’t broken. The Ethernet cable must be properly plugged in the correct slot at the router. Also, if it is possible, try connecting the Ethernet cable in another computer. Check if the internet works on it, or not. If everything’s working fine on the other computer, then the issue is originating from inside of your computer, which we will try to fix in methods mentioned below.

We hope we were able to help you get rid of this error. If you were able to fix this error using some other method, or if you have any questions regarding this issue, please mention them below in comments.

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1 – Right-click Start menu button.

2 – Click Device Manager.

3 – Expand Network Adapter.

4 – Right-click Ethernet Adapter.

5 – Click Properties.

6 – Click Advanced tab.

7 – Click Speed & Duplex.

8 – Select 100 Mbps Half Duplex.

9 – Click OK.

10 – Restart computer.

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24 thoughts on “How to Fix Windows 10/11 Network Cable Unplugged Error”

  1. Thanks for posting this. The steps didn’t work for me & I didn’t want to put any more effort into it, so, in the end, I just bought a wireless USB adapter for $30 which is working wonderfully.

  2. My Windows 10 internet connection became unreliable after my cable provider replaced my internet modem.
    Sometimes, I would have to do a forced shutdown several times before I could access the internet.
    I then followed the instructions shown in your Fix 1 – Change Duplex Settings.
    Since that time some 2 weeks ago, I have not encountered any further internet connection problems.
    Thank you so much for your advice.

  3. Dear ANSH R, Thank you for writing this article. I solved my network problems by implementing your suggestions. I truly appreciate your efforts.

  4. I followed all the steps above but my Dell Inspiron 15 Network Cable remained ‘unplugged’ How can I get if the hardware is okay?

  5. None of this worked. When I turn the router off/on, upon reboot I see the ethernet lights just fine. Bought a new cable and all. On network connections, I clicked on the ethernet logo, then “change settings of this connection” then “configure”. It says ‘device status: this device is working properly.’ Not sure where to go from here.

  6. I had this problem so I changed the duplex setting from auto negotiate to 100 mbps full duplex which fixed the problem.Now(1-2 weeks) after ethernet isnt working again but again the problem is fixed when i change the value to 10mbps full duplex.Whats going on?

  7. Thank you so much !
    My wireless network has the error “A network cable is unpluged”
    I have my wired network connected by following the steps of your Fix 1.
    Great ! The wired network was connected immediately after clicking OK!
    Please be able to share your post to help others who also have errors like me.

  8. None of the steps worked for my desktop. I have connection to the network on my phone,my tablet,my laptop, my tv, my landline. My internet modem is wireless so why do I need the Ethernet cable? My desktop just stopped accessing the internet and I can not figure out why. Can anyone help? Thank you.

  9. I find the problem occurs in Windows 10 if I’ve been running linux (kubuntu) previously, then I restart and boot into Windows 10. It looks like kubuntu is disabling the ethernet on shutdown, but Windows doesn’t manage to re-enable it. A complete shutdown, power off and wait usually sorts it out. I’ll try these suggestions.

  10. I was trying to configure my nbn connection to my desktop and my provider was thoroughly unhelpful. I fixed my issue using the first 7 steps you gave so thank you very much!

  11. Thank you so much. Executed Fix 1 – although some dialogs looked different, I found the “Speed & Duplex” setting, and your advice worked like a magic wand. I was convinced I had a dodgy RJ45 socket.
    Much appreciated.

  12. Thank you!!! Spent a lot of time looking for the issue, was thinking that was the cable or mi pc! Thanks alot!!!!

  13. I have followed step by step the recommended points, but I have not been able to solve the problem of “Network cable disconnected”. Is it possible that the built-in Ethernet adapter is damaged? Is there any software that can test the adapter? What else can I do? what new news about it?

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