WiFi Keeps Disconnecting or Dropping on Windows 10 [Solved]

By Sophie Luo in Network issues Tags: Windows 10wireless

If your WiFi connection is on and off frequently, and the Internet just keeps dropping and then connecting back on again, you’re not alone. Many Windows 10 users are reporting this problem. 

No worries, it’s possible to fix. Here is the 2-step solution for you to try. Just work your way down and follow the easy-to-do instructions. 

Step 1: Change Power Management 
Step 2: Update Network Adapter Drivers

Step 1: Change Power Management 

1) Right-click your WiFi icon at the bottom right corner of your PC desktop and click Open Network and Sharing Center

2) Click Change adapter settings

3) Right-click your WiFi adapter and click Properties

4) Click Configure

5) Go to the Power Management tab. Un-tick the box for Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. Click OK

Step 2: Update Network Adapter Drivers

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X at the same time, then click Device Manager

2) Expand Network adapters. Right-click your wireless network adapter driver and click Update driver.  

3) Click Search automatically for updated driver software.

4) If you see the notification saying that Windows has determined that the best driver for this device is already installed

you need to update the driver by yourself. 

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your network card drivers manually, you can do it automatically with 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. 

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 clicks (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 wireless card device to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (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). 

  • johngrivera

    Ugh this is so damn stressful!!!! I am so sick of windows and their BS. We have been logging issues with them for ages now and they just don’t give two hoots about helping us as the customer! I have one issue after the other. I did exactly what you said step by step and my wifi keeps disconnecting and reconnecting no matter what and then when I get home my laptop refuses to connect to my wifi network it just says “no internet secured” with a yellow triangle and an exclamation point yet all my other devices have connected just fine and do not have any of the issues that I am facing with windows 10. Blah after countless days and hours spent searching one article and video after the other I give up I feel like just banging my head against a wall because this isn’t working and I doubt it ever will! Thank you for posting this but unfortunately it did not work.

  • Anas Almasri

    hi, please try this setting it fix the problem to me
    the problem is a conflict between win 10 and some wifi adapter when you connect using( N Band)
    so you have to log in router page and change wirlless band from (N) to (G) or (b+g) i prefer only G

  • Dhruvesh patel

    excellent thank you so much

  • It seems microsoft will push out an older driver for my wireless adapter every once and awhile that causes it to randomly disconnect, and not be able to reconnect again. I have to disable and then re-enable my wireless adapter to get connected, then go to the manf page to download the newest driver and then update the driver. Happens every few months. You would think windows update would not replace a newer driver with an older one.

  • Cody Metz

    If you have no internet and need to download a software to help, if you have a good smartphone, plug it into the USB on the laptop go to your phone settings and tap on tether then turn on USB tethering. That will give you WiFi to get online.

  • Nigel Moore

    Does not work for me. Been a problem for last few weeks. Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC7260. I have changed power setting and updated drivers via Intel utility.

  • DeplorableDave

    Probably be a little difficult to update drivers without a wifi connection.

    • Sophie.Luo

      Hi Dave,

      True that, which is why we recommend you to use the Offline scan feature in Driver Easy to help you find the network card driver. Here is how you can use the Offline scan: https://www.drivereasy.com/help55/offline-scan/

      Feel free to let us know if you still have more questions.

      • EM Loses

        Can’t download drivereasy without Wi-Fi

  • I also had this issue on my Windows 10 Home x64 with an USB Wi-Fi adapter. I was playing with the different system/adapter properties and nothing helped me. Recently I connected my Wi-Fi adapter to an USB 3 port and looks like the issue disappeared. Maybe this will help somebody else.

  • supasugacrisp

    I did Step 1: 1-5 and Step 2: 1-3 and, so far, it has worked.

  • Sergeant_Im

    Just an update regarding my case. This may or may not work for you, mostly depending on which wifi adapter you are using. I have a D-Link DWA-140 usb wifi adapter.

    What I did was completely uninstalling the wifi adapter via device manager:
    In Device Manager, click on ‘Network adapters’ to expand, then right click on your wifi adapter. Go to ‘Properties -> Driver’ and click on ‘Uninstall device’. If it asks whether you want to completely remove the installed driver, choose yes.

    Then reboot the machine. In windows, just let the system use its own driver for the wifi adapter.

    I am currently running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit Creators Update (1703). If you are still using older version 1511 or 1607, just update your windows to at least the 1703, or better the 1709.

    • TheRandomOne

      I did that & it still drops for me

  • Sergeant_Im

    Did not help for me.
    Wifi was stable before, but some update in the last month or so must have broke things.
    Win10 1703. I’ll just wait for the next major update 1709.

    • Kurt Plociennik

      I have updated to 1709, and the problem not fixed at all

  • Fakorede Kolade Greg

    what link

  • Chris Miller

    How am I supposed to download driver easy when my computer won’t even connect to the wifi or any wifi network whatsoever? I’m on my phone reading through this because my computer won’t even connect to any wifi network.

    • Karen Adams

      if you are close to it, plug your computer in to the router using an Ethernet cable. then you should be able to connect to the internet so you can download any updated drivers that are needed.

    • Ensure that your WiFi switch is not off. For Dell laptops, the WiFi switch is either on left or right side of the laptop. Cheers!

    • slstanley1

      Connect to your router with a cable.

  • John Waite

    HP envy Windows 10 worked well until updates were downloaded 2 weeks ago. WiFi drops frequently or just does not connect. I’ve tried everything listed above apart from downloading driver easy. It’s a bit difficult when I can’t get on internet. I’m at my wits end as I can’t use my laptop for everyday use. Please help!

  • Anandya Dwipraja

    I better take my laptop to the store than to pay a program that i won’t need

  • Michał Dobrzański

    Did not help.

  • Tristan Geitz

    Im still having troubles with mine :/