Wireless networks have become an indispensable part of our daily life. If your Windows 11 is trapped in the WiFi not working issue, it could really affect your work and life. But don’t worry. This post will introduce 5 fixes for this problem. Read on and try.

How to fix Windows 11 Wi-Fi not working?

  1. Run the Internet troubleshooter
  2. Remove and reinstall WiFi driver
  3. Turn on WLAN AutoConfig service
  4. Release IP and flush DNS cache
  5. Uninstall Windows 11 updates
You don’t need to have Internet access to conduct these fixes. But you may need another Internet-accessible computer for Fix 2.

Before we begin

Before we go any further, please make sure that 

  • Airplane mode on your computer is disabled;
  • Wi-Fi adapter on your computer is enabled;
  • Wi-Fi is accessible and works well (in other digital devices).

If you’re sure your computer has met the above three requirements, go ahead to try the following 5 fixes. You don’t have to try them all; just work down the list until you find the one that fixes the Wi-Fi not working issue in Windows 11 for you.

Fix 1 Run the Internet troubleshooter

Troubleshooters are a powerful built-in feature in Windows. It’s able to find and fix problems related to the Internet, audio, printer, update and many others. Running it is very easy:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I to launch the Settings.
  2. Scroll down and select Troubleshoot in the System tab.
  3. Click Other troubleshooters.
  4. Click Run next to Internet Connections.
  5. Select Troubleshoot my connection to the Internet in the pop-up Windows.

The system troubleshooter should run and detect your Internet connection. Wait for a while to see if it finds anything. If it detects nothing, continue to try Fix 2.

Fix 2 Remove and reinstall Wi-Fi driver

Missing, outdated or corrupted wireless network drivers may be the possible reason for Windows 11 WiFi problem, for they tend to be incompatible with the devices or system. Therefore, removing and reinstalling your WiFi driver could be a recipe for dealing with Windows 11’s WiFi issue. 

Before proceeding the steps, we recommend you to create a restore point in case of any bad luck. A restore point allows you to recover the system to an earlier point of time with a backup copy of important Windows operating system files and settings.

  1. Search device manager in Windows search bar and open the program.
  2. Double-click Network adapters. Right-click the WiFi driver and select Uninstall device.
  3. Click Uninstall in the pop-up Windows.
  4. Restart your computer. After that, it will automatically look for stored drivers (may not be the latest version) from your system and get it installed.
  5. Reconnect the Wi-Fi and check for any improvement.

If the problem persists, there may be 3 reasons:

1. The driver is not the key to your network problem;
2. Your wireless adapter driver isn’t reinstalled successfully;
3. Your Wi-Fi driver version is outdated.

For the first reason, jump to try Fix 3.
As for the second and third reason, you need to reinstall/update the latest version of driver by yourself.

How to reinstall/update driver without Internet access?

All you need is another computer with Internet and Driver Easy

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Driver Easy’s powerful offline scan tool will automatically recognize your system and find the correct WiFi drivers for it. Therefore, you don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

  1.  Download Driver Easy on the computer with the Internet. And copy the downloaded .exe files to your computer.
  2. Install Driver Easy on both computers and open it.
  3. Follow the detailed instructions in this article.

After the reinstallation, restart your computer to see if there is any improvement in Windows 11 WiFi-not-working matter. If not, go on to try Fix 3.

How to reinstall/update Wi-Fi driver with Internet?

You can download your WiFi driver manually from the manufacturer website. However, if you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update it manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
  3. Click the Update button next to the flagged Wi-Fi driver to automatically download the correct version of that driver, then you can manually install it (you can do this with the FREE version).
    Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. (This requires the Pro version. You’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All.)
The Pro version of Driver Easy comes with full technical support. If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com

After the reinstallation, restart your computer to see if there is any improvement in Windows 11 WiFi-not-working matter. If not, go on to try the next one.

Fix 3 Turn on WLAN AutoConfig service

WLAN AutoConfig service is a wireless connection management utility. Once enabled, it dynamically selects which wireless network the computer automatically connects to, and configures the necessary settings on the wireless network adapter. To enable it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R to invoke the Run box. Type services.msc and then click OK.
  2. Scroll down and right-click WLAN AutoConfig. Click Properties.
  3. Select Automatic in Startup type. Then click Apply, Start, and OK one by one.

Restart your PC and reconnect your wireless network to see if it works.

Fix 4 Release IP and flush DNS cache

If you can establish a WiFi connection but fail to access the Internet, IP or the DNS (Domain Name System) may be responsible for network issues. But you can clear IP addresses or other DNS records, and request a new IP address with a bunch of commands to refresh this data. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Windows search bar and type cmd. Choose Run as administrator to open Command Prompt.
  2. Copy and paste the following 5 commands and press Enter after each.
    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /flushdns

After completing, reconnect your computer to WiFi and try to browse the Internet. If it’s still out of the reach of the Internet, go ahead and try the next fix.

Fix 5 Uninstall Windows 11 updates

Still no luck? Try the final fix! If the WiFi not working problem in Windows 11 happens after you finish some system updates on the computer, uninstalling those updates may be a good idea. 

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and I to launch the Settings. 
  2. Select Windows Update in the left tab. And then click Update history.
  3. Click Uninstall updates.
  4. Select the update you want to remove and click Uninstall.
  5. Click Yes when you’re prompted with a dialogue box.

Try to reconnect the wireless network and surf the Internet. If the WiFi works after these steps, the problem could very well lie in that update change.

Hope you can fix Windows 11 WiFi not working issue with the help of this post. If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to share them below with us.

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