wifi not working on laptop

If your ever run into the WiFi not working on laptop problem, don’t worry.

While this can be a little frustrating, it’s often not hard to fix…

Before your start

  • Make sure your Wi-Fi connection works on other devices. Or else you might want to have your WiFi router checked instead.
  • Make sure your laptop is within connection range.

Try these fixes

The screenshots below are from Windows 10. but the fixes also work in Windows 8 and 7. Just work your way down the list until this WiFi not working on laptop problem goes away. 

  1. Update your Wi-Fi driver
  2. Check if Wi-Fi is enabled
  3. Reset WLAN AutoConfig 
  4. Change adapter Power Settings
  5. Renew IP and flush DNS

Fix 1: Update your Wi-Fi driver

Updating your Wi-Fi driver should be your go-to option especially when Wi-Fi is not working on your laptop. Since chances are high that you have the outdated/mismatched driver or even not having one at all, which accounts for the WiFi icon/option missing, hence not working problem on your laptop.

To update your Wi-Fi driver, you might have to connect your laptop to a wired network for Internet access. 

There’re two ways you can update your Wi-Fi driver: manually and automatically. If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can, instead, do it automatically with Driver Easy. 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. You can upgrade to  the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system. 

    You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

  4. Restart your computer and reconnect it to WiFi again and hopefully it’s up and running.

Fix 2: Check if Wi-Fi is enabled

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key   and R at the same time. Then copy & paste control /name Microsoft.NetworkAndSharingCenter into the box and press Enter.

  2. Click Change adapter settings.

  3. Depending on whether Wi-Fi is enabled (icon colored):
    If yes: then close the windows and jump to Fix 3.
    If no: then right-click on Wi-Fi and click Enable.

  4. Try connecting to the Wi-Fi connection again and it should be working fine now.

Fix 3: Reset WLAN AutoConfig 

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time. Then copy & paste services.msc into the box and press Enter.

  2. Scroll down to the bottom and double-click on WLAN AutoConfig

  3.  Select Automatic in Startup type and click Start. Then click Apply > OK.

  4. Check if your Wi-Fi not working on laptop problem has gone.

Fix 4: Change adapter Power Settings

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time, then copy & paste powercfg.cpl into the box and press Enter
  2. Click the High performance option > Change plan settings.

  3. Click Change advanced power settings.

  4. Double-click on Wireless Adapter Settings > Power saving Mode and choose Maximum performance.

  5. Click Apply > OK.
  6. Check if your WifI not working on Windows 10/8/7 problem gets fixed.

 Fix 5: Renew IP and flush DNS

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.

    Click Yes when prompted to confirm.

  2. In the command prompt window, type the following commands and press Enter after each:
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
  3. Wait until the command finishes. Then type ipconfig /flushdns and press Enter.
  4. Re-connect your laptop to WiFi again and see if it works.

There you go – 5 easy fixes for your WiFi not working on Windows 10/8/7 laptop problem. Hope this helps and feel free to drop a comment below if you have any further questions or ideas to share with us. 🙂

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