Fix “Wireless capability is turned off” [Solved]

April Cai, in Common error Tags: Windows



Many Windows users complained that the wireless network suddenly stop working on forums. After network troubleshooting, Wireless capability is turned off error is found.  If you also face this error, don’t worry. You can fix this problem with this guide.

Here’re 3 methods you can try to fix this problem. Work your way down the list uuntil you find the one that works.

Fix 1: Make sure your wireless option is turned on
Fix 2: Check power management setting of your wireless network adapter
Fix 3: Update your wireless network adapter driver

Fix 1.  Make sure your wireless option is turned on

There are function keys available for turning wireless on/off on your laptop’s keyboard. It could be F12, varying from different laptops. Just find the key with wireless symbol.



If you cannot find such an key, enable the wireless in the network connections window.

For Windows 10 users:

1) Type wifi in the search box from Start. Then click Change Wi-Fi settings from the result.

2) Make sure your Wi-Fi status is on.

For Windows 7 users:

1) Type network in the search box from Start. Then click Network and Sharing Center.



2)
Click Change adapter settings.



3)
Right-click on your wireless network adapter and choose Enable.


Fix 2. Check power management setting of your wireless network adapter

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK.

3) Double-click your wireless network adapter device in Network adapters.

4) Make sure Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power is unchecked in Power Management.


 

Fix 3. Update your wireless network adapter driver

This problem could be also caused by an old or incorrect network adapter driver. You could solve your problem through updating drivers.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and at the same time to invoke the Run box.

2) Type devmgmt.msc and click OK.



2) Right-click on your wireless network adapter and choose Update Driver Software… in Network adapters.



3) Click Search automatically for updated driver software.



Then Windows will detect the update automatically. If it turns to The best driver software for your device is already installed result, you had better choose other ways to update it. For some reasons, Microsoft might not detect the update.

You can go to your adapter manufacturer’s website to download the latest driver for it. Or if you want make it quicker and easier, we have another reliable option for you — Driver Easy

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

For its Free Version, Driver Easy will offer the latest display driver for you to install. And you can update the drivers one by one.

But if you upgrade to PRO Version, all your drivers would be updated in one click — Update All (full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).

4) Restart your computer and try to connect Wi-Fi to see if it works.

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  • Rhod Santos

    Hiw come that still the Wireless capability is turned off of my lappy.
    It is the 5th time i unchecked the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”.

    Please give advise..

  • Rethabile

    I can’t Thank you enough. My laptop always randomly switched off it’s wifi capability and I’d just have to wait weeks for it to swich on.
    I finally googled it which has been long overdue and out of all the sites I used this was the easiest to understand and worked so perfectly. Thank you

    • April Cai

      It’s my pleasure.:)

  • Balakrishna Vinu

    Thank u