How to Fix No WiFi Networks Found on Windows 10

How to Fix No WiFi Networks Found on Windows 10

The WiFi networks that are within range of your PC appear automatically in the list of available networks. If you have a password to one of the available networks, you can connect to it. If the network is not secured, you don’t need a password for it and just connect.

If you have a list of available networks open and you see the message No WiFi networks found when you should have seen at least one network, here are a few things you can try to fix the problem.

Before you proceed with any of the fixes in this article, perform the following actions and check if the network appears or not.

  • Restart your PC.
  • Please check if other devices at home (tablets, phones, etc.) can detect other Wi-Fi networks
  • Restart your computer and reset your Wi-Fi router
  • If you are using a laptop, make sure your physical Wi-Fi switch is turned on
  • Check if your Wi-Fi is active by going to the button Start and then open Settings. Click on Network&Internet and then check Wi-Fi is active or not.
  • Make sure airplane mode already disabled. To do this, go to the button Start and click on Network&Internet. open Airplane Mode and make sure not active.

If no network appears, here’s how to fix No WiFi Networks Found on Windows 10:

1. Reset network adapter

Your network adapter might be having a problem which a system restart cannot fix. In this case, resetting it is a good idea.

1. Open the app Settings.
2. Open the group Network and Internet.
3. Select tab Status.
4. At the bottom, click options Network reset.

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2. Hidden SSID

It is possible that the SSID or name for the network you want to connect to is hidden. To be able to connect, you need to contact your system administrator and find out the name and password. Once you know both, you can connect to the network.

1. Open the app Settings and go to Network and Internet.
2. Select tab WiFi.
3. Click Manage known networks.
4. Click Add a new Network.
5. In the window that opens, enter the network name, select the security type (check with the network admin), then enter the password.

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3. Network signal test

WiFi networks have a limited range and the range is determined by the router used. In general, a regular home router has a maximum range of approximately 50 meters. If your Windows 10 PC is far from the router, then it cannot get a strong enough signal, it will not show the network.

1. Move your PC as close as possible to the router.
2. Check if the network appears in the list of available networks.
3. If yes, start moving slowly until the network disappears or you return to the original place.
4. Connect to the network.

This solution is temporary as your problem is basically from a weak signal. Try moving to a place closer to the router, or try installing an additional access point that can boost the router’s signal.

4. Update network adapter driver

Outdated network drivers can prevent Windows 10 from reading available networks. Check and install any available driver updates for your network adapter.

1. Open Device Manager.
2. Open the group Network Adapters and expand.
3. Right click on Network adapter Bro and choose Update drivers from the context menu.
4. Install every available update, and start restarting your PC.

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5. Downgrade network driver

It is possible that a driver update is installed and that is what is causing the problem. In this case, you will have to roll the driver back to an older version.

1. Open Device Manager.
2. Open the group Network Adapters and expand.
3. Right click on network adapter bro, and choose Properties.
4. Open tab Driver.
5. Click button Rollback Driver.
6. Restart your PC.

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6. Uninstall/disable virtual network adapter

Some apps might install virtual network adapter in your system. A common example of an application that does this is a virtualization application for example, VirtualBox. Removing it, or disabling it can fix your network problem. To disable the virtual network adapter:

1. Open Control Panel.
2. Open Network and Internet.
3. Select Network and Sharing.
4. Click Change adapter settings.
5. Right click virtual network adapterand select Disable from the context menu.

To uninstall a virtual network adapter, uninstall the application that installed it.
1. Open Control Panel.
2. Open Programs.
3. Select Uninstall the program.
4. Open the list of installed applications, select the one that installs the virtual network adapter, and click the button Uninstall.

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7. Disable VPN

VPN apps can modify network settings on a Windows 10 PC and modifications might result in your system no longer detecting wireless networks.

1. Turn off the VPN service you are using, restart the system, and check the network.
2. Once the network appears, connect to one and then enable the VPN service again.
3. If the connection is lost or stops working after activating the VPN, check if the service you are using is prohibited by your ISP or in your country.
4. Try using a different VPN service or try using a VPN that only controls your browser or a specific app rather than network traffic for the whole system.

8. Run the Internet Connections troubleshooter

The Internet Connections troubleshooter may be able to find out and fix any settings that are incorrect or that have been corrupted by other applications and prevent Windows from reading available networks.

1. Open the app Settings.
2. Open Updates and Security.
3. Select tab Troubleshoot.
4. Select and run Internet Connections troubleshooter. It might be able to force Windows 10 to show available networks.

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9. Run the Network adapter troubleshooter

Like the Internet Connections troubleshooter, the Network adapter troubleshooter can also help solve No WiFi Networks Found in Windows 10.

1. Open the app Settings.
2. Open the group Updates and Security.
3. Select tab Troubleshoot.
4. Select and run Network adapter troubleshooter.

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Those are some solutions to solve No WiFi Networks Found in Windows 10. I hope one of the solutions above can help you solve this problem. Otherwise, you might have to check if any hardware on your PC is damaged. A sign of hardware damage is if other devices can connect to the network you are trying to connect to but your PC is not connecting.