Even though Microsoft keeps updating Windows to remove any possibilities of malware and viruses, to introduce new features, Windows, often with the latest update, is known to crash a few drivers or applications. Network Connection issues are highly prevalent in Windows. In this post, I will guide you on how to fix network connection issues on Windows 11/10.
Fix Network Connection Issues on Windows 11/10
There could be several reasons for the failed working of the network on a Windows 11/10 PC, varying from outdated drivers to issues with network adapters. Here’s a list of methods we will be following in the guide below:
- Check if the Internet is working by changing DNS
- Check if Network Adapter is enabled
- Run Network Troubleshooter
- Reset Network adapter
- Update Network Driver
Starting from the easiest, we recommend you follow the options one by one if any of the methods don’t work out for you.
1] Change DNS on Computer or Router
Domain Name System (DNS) is a service that allows a user to type a friendly domain name in the web browser to open a web page, and without them, it’d be a horror to surf the Internet. It may be the one causing the issues when loading web pages. Here’s how to change DNS and check whether it’s causing the problem.
- Open the Settings Panel on Windows (Win + I)
- Navigate and select Network and Internet. Now, based on your connection, either Wi-Fi or Ethernet, select it from the side menu.
- Choose the name of your Wi-Fi/Ethernet Connection, and from here, select the Edit button under IP Settings.
- Here, switch it to Manual, turn on IPv4, enter your DNS under the Prefered DNS entry box, and click save.
You can also try changing Router DNS if you have the issue across devices.
2] Check Network Adapter
A disabled Network Adapter may also cause issues with the network connection. Here’s how to check whether the Network Adapter is enabled or disabled.
- Open the Control Panel on Windows by typing control in the Run prompt and pressing the Enter key.
- Navigate to Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center
- From the left pane, choose Change Adapter Settings; the page will now list all your available network adapters.
- Right-click on the network adapter, and if you notice an option named “Enable,” click on it to enable the network adapter. In case you see “Disable,” do not click on it.
3] Run Network Troubleshooter
The built-in tool from Microsoft for Windows could help in troubleshooting network connection issues on Windows. Here’s how to access it:
- Open Settings using Win + I in Windows 10
- Navigate and select Network and Internet. Please scroll down to find Network Troubleshooter, click on it and wait for the PC to diagnose the problems and bring out a solution.
- Please tap on the required solution for Windows to start taking action against it.
In Windows 11, you can go to Settings > System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshooters. Locate Network, and click on the Run button to run the Network Troubleshooter.
4] Reset Network Adapter
If none of the above methods worked out for you, you could try resetting the network adapter to check whether it brings an end to your network problem. Here’s how:
In Windows 11
- Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Advanced network settings
- Under More Settings, click on Network Reset > Reset now button
- Confirm by clicking on the Yes button.
Post this, all your Wi-Fi and ethernet connections will be removed. It will also turn off the Bluetooth connection.
In Windows 10
- Open the Settings Panel (Win + I)
- Navigate and select Network and Internet.
- Please scroll down to find the Network Reset option, click on it and select the Reset Now option. Your PC will restart, and the network adapter will reset.
Note: Do note that you’ll lose all your saved passwords for the Wi-Fi networks with the network adapter being reset.
5] Update Network Driver
Finally, Maybe an old network adapter’s drivers are causing an issue on your machine. Upgrading it to the latest one may fix the problems. There are two ways of doing this.
You can go to Windows Settings > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Optional Updates. Check if there is a driver available for the network adapter. If yes, download, and install.
If you cannot see any update, use one of the driver updater software to find the update and install it on the PC. You can keep using the program to track driver updates in the future.
I hope this post was helpful, and you were able to Fix Network Connection Issues on Windows 11/10. With that said, How often do these issues occur? Do drop a comment down below.
Why Is My Network Connection Unstable?
- Faulty connection: The router has trouble connecting to the Internet.
- Weak signal: the router is too far from the device.
- Radio interference: The connection is jammed by another source.
- Software issues: The router is not optimally configured.
Is Network Reset Safe?
Windows will forget your Ethernet network, as well as all your Wi-Fi networks and passwords, when you reset your network. However, a network reset is not damaging to your computer, and your files are unaffected.
Why Won’t My Laptop Connect to the Internet?
If your PC has problems connecting to the Internet, verify that the router is transmitting signals correctly, that Wi-Fi is turned on, and try restarting your computer.
Thanks for your explanations and precise instructions, all of which I have carried out.
I still have this problem on a home network with two desktop PCs and several Western Digital external backup drives:
1. PC1 can “see” and work with the two hard drives on PC2, but not vice versa.
2. PC2 can see the WD external drives, but not PC1.
Both PCs can access the internet fine. It is the local network issue that plagues me. Can you give me yet another checklist to apply to what I regard as a very flawed operating system, this Windows 10 beast?
Thank you, Yash.