Windows 10 wireless adapter missing [SOLVED]

By Justin Zeng  Network issues  network issuesWindows 10   0 Comment

Your wireless network adapter is missing on your Windows 10 PC? Don’t worry! Although it is frustrating, you’re not the only one to experience this issue. Many Windows 10 users have recently reported the very same issue. More importantly, you should be able to fix it pretty easily…

Fixes to try

Here’s a list of fixes that have fixed this issue for other Windows 10 users. You don’t have to try them all. Just work your way through the list until you find the one that does the trick for you.

  1. Show the hidden devices in Device Manager
  2. Run the network troubleshooter
  3. Update the driver for your wireless network adapter
  4. Reset the Winsock settings
  5. Replace your network interface controller card

Fix 1: Show the hidden devices in Device Manager

Your wireless network adapter may be hidden in Device Manager. If you’re not sure, follow the instruction below to show the hidden devices in Device Manager:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and X at the same time. Then select Device Manager. You’ll be prompted for permission. Click Yes to open Device Manager.
  2. In Device Manager, click View and select Show hidden devices.
  3. Click Network adapters to select it. Click Action and click Scan for hardware changes.
  4. Double-click Network adapters to expand the list. See if your wireless network adapter (usually the adapter whose name contains the word “wireless”) appears among the list.

If your wireless network adapter doesn’t appear among the list, don’t worry! Try the next fix, below.

Fix 2: Run the network troubleshooter

The built-in network troubleshooter in Windows 10 is a useful tool to resolve network issues. You can follow the instruction below to run the network troubleshooter:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type network troubleshooter. Then select Identify and repair network problems in the list of search results to run the network troubleshooter.
  2. The network troubleshooter will automatically detect the network problems on your PC. You just need to follow the steps in the network troubleshooter and see if this issue can get fixed.

See if your wireless network adapter appears. If not, try the next fix, below.

Fix 3: Update the driver for your wireless network adapter

A missing or corrupted driver may be the root of this issue. Try updating the driver for your wireless network adapter to see if you can resolve it.

There are two ways to update the driver for your wireless network adapter: manually and automatically.

Manually update the driver for your wireless network adapter – You can update it manually by going to the manufacturer’s website, and searching for the latest driver for your wireless network adapter.

Be sure to choose the driver that’s compatible with your exact wireless network adapter model and your version of Windows.

Or

Update the driver for your wireless network adapter automatically – If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your network driver 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. Driver Easy handles it all.

All the drivers in Driver Easy come straight from the manufacturer. They‘re all certified safe and secure.
  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 Update next to your wireless network adapter to automatically download the correct version of its driver, then you can install it manually. 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. You get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).
    You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
    If you need assistance, please contact Driver Easy’s support team at support@drivereasy.com.

Fix 4: Reset the Winsock settings

Winsock is a programming interface and supporting program in Windows operating system. It defines how Windows network software should access network services. If its data went wrong, this issue may occur.

In this case, resetting Winsock data may resolve this issue, because resetting Winsock data is helpful for dealing with some network connection issues. Here is how to do it:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows Logo Key and R at the same time to open the Run dialog. Type cmd and press Ctrl, Shift and Enter at the same time to run Command Prompt as administrator. You will be prompted for permission. Click Yes to run Command Prompt.
  2. In the Command Prompt, type netsh winsock reset and press Enter.
  3. Restart your PC to complete the reset.

See if your wireless network adapter appears in Device Managers.

Fix 5: Replace your network interface controller card

If your wireless network adapter doesn’t appear in Device Manager after you tried all the fixes above, it’s time to consult the manufacturer of your PC for further support, since the worst case of this issue could be the problem of your NIC (network interface controller) card.

Hopefully one of the fixes above resolved this issue for you. Feel free to leave us a comment if you have any questions or suggestion.

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