Windows 10 Wifi Settings Not Showing Up



When you try to connect to the internet on your laptop but your usual WiFi network is not showing up, it’s very frustrating. But don’t worry; you can fix it. Read on to learn how…

Try these fixes

Here are some solutions for you to try. You don’t need to try them all; just try each one in turn until everything’s working again.

Note: The screenshots below come from Windows 10, but the fixes also work on Windows 8 & 7.
  1. In this video you will see How to Fix Wifi Network not showing in Windows 10.Steps to fix Wifi Problems in windows 101. Open 'Device manager'2.
  2. No WiFi connections on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1; No Wi-Fi is available after Windows 10 update or upgrade. Wireless Connections Unavailable on Windows 8, 8.1 or 10. Wi-Fi not working on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1. WiFi won't turn on in Windows 10; Wi-Fi stopped working after Windows 10 upgrade or update.

Go to the network adapter maker's website and download then install the latest Windows 10 driver. By the way, I have never seen anybody report any benefits of having more than one network adapter. Windows cannot really handle the situation.

Why is my WiFi network not showing up in my computer?

Generally speaking, there are several causes for this issue:

  • The WiFi problem
  • The connecting problem
  • The incorrect WiFi configuration in your WiFi router and your computer
  • The missing or outdated WiFi driver issue

However, the good news is you can easily troubleshoot your problem and solve it. This guideline introduces 6 methods for you to troubleshoot.

Method 1: Enable the WiFi service

The problem happens most likely because your Windows disables the WiFi service. You can’t connect to the WiFi if your Windows disables it. So you can try these steps to enable WiFi service. There are two places you can check.

Way 1: Enable the WiFi service with the WiFi switch

Note: First of all, make sure you are within the WiFi network range while you are following the steps below.

Some laptops, such as HP, Lenovo, Dell, have a switch or a key on your keyboard to turn on/off WiFi (like Fn+F5). Check the switch or keys and turn your WiFi service on.

Way 2: Check your network settings

If you don’t have the WiFi switch on your laptop or computer, you can check it in your system.

1) Right click the Internet icon, and click Open Network and Sharing Center.

2) Click Change adapter settings.

3) Right click WiFi, and click Enable. Note: if it has enabled, you will see Disable when right click on WiFi (also referred to Wireless Network Connection in different computers).

4) Restart your Windows and reconnect to your WiFi again.

Method 2: Turn on WLAN AutoConfig service

WLAN AutoConfig service (also referred to Wireless Configuration in Windows XP) can configure wireless security and connectivity settings. When enabled, WLAN AutoConfig settings apply to all IEEE 802.11 wireless network adapters installed on your computer. Moreover, when the WiFi becomes available, it will automatically connect to a preferred wireless network. You can follow these steps to enable it:

1) On your keyboard, press Windows logo key + R at the same time to invoke the Run box, and type services.msc, then press Enter.

2) Right click Wlan AutoConfig (if you are using Windows XP, right click Wireless Configuration), and click Properties.

3) Select Automatic in Startup type, then click Apply, and click OK

4) Restart your PC and reconnect to your WiFi network to see if your WiFi shows up.

Method 3: Update WiFi network driver

Wireless network driver allows your operating system to communicate with your wireless and network adapters. If your wireless network is not showing up on laptop, it is probably due to the missing, outdated, or corrupt drivers.

There are two ways to update drivers:manuallyandautomatically.

Manually update driver– You can manually update the network driver bysearching the correct driverthat is matched with yourWindowsOSon themanufacturer’s website, andinstallit in your computer. This requires the time and computer skills.

Automatically update driver– If you don’t have time or patience to manually update drivers, you can do that automatically with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will detect the drivers condition in your computer, and install the correct drivers for your PC. More importantly, with Driver Easy, you don’t need to struggle figuring out the Operating System, and you don’t need to worry about making mistakes while processing. That will tremendously save your time and patience.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or Pro version of Driver Easy. It only takes 2 simple clicks with the Pro version (and you will get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee).

Important: If the Windows can’t access to the Internet, you can download Driver Easy from another computer. Then install it in this computer. Due to theOffline Scan feature provided by Driver Easy, you can download and install network driver even with no Internet.

1) Download and install Driver Easy (at first connect your computer to the Internet via Ethernet cable).

2) Run Driver Easy and click Scan Now. Then Driver Easy will scan your computer and detect any problem drivers

3) Click Update button next to the driver name to download the correct driver (you can do that with the FREE version), then install it in your computer.

Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the problem drivers (you can do that with Pro version, and you will be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

4) After updating the drivers, restart your computer, then connect to the WiFi network again, and see if your problem solves.

Method 4: Restart your modem and WiFi router

If the problem occurs to your own WiFi network at home, you can also check the WiFi itself to see if it’s your WiFi issue, including the router issue, SSID broadcast and device interference mentioned below.

This problem can be probably caused by the Internet Service Provider (ISP) issue. Restarting your modem and wireless router can help you reconnect to your ISP. Note: anyone who is connecting to the network will be disconnected temporarily while you are doing this.

1) Unplug your wireless router and modem from power source (remove the battery if your modem has a battery backup).

2) Wait for at least 30 seconds.

3) Plug your wireless router and modem back into power source again (put the battery back to the modem).

4) On your PC, reconnect to your WiFi network, then see if it shows up.

What is WiFi Network Frequency

Tips: If it is the first time to connect to the WiFi, you will need to pay attention to the WiFi network frequency. You can’t connect if your computer uses mismatched frequency with your router’s.

Usually WiFi network frequency has 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz. Luckily many routers are dual-band model now, so it both supports 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band. To check your WiFi network frequency, you can go to the router manufacturer’s website. While you can also check your Windows WiFi network frequency: type netsh wlan show drivers in the Command Prompt and press Enter, then it will show you the supported protocols.

Generally speaking, 802.11a/ac uses the 5 GHz band, 802.11b/g uses the 2.4 GHz band, and 802.11n uses either the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz band. if they don’t match or include the frequencies of your router, the WiFi network won’t show up on your computer.

Method 5: Enable SSID broadcast for your WiFi

Service Set Identifier (SSID) broadcast is what makes your WiFi network visible to your network adapter. Once you disable SSID broadcast, your WiFi network won’t show up in the list.

Tips: Many people disable SSID broadcast for security concerns. By doing this, they can hide the WiFi network, so the network name won’t be seen by others. But the first time to connect to the WiFi network, you’ll have to configure the profile settings manually, including the network name and security mode. After making the initial connection, devices can remember these settings and will not need to be specially configured again.

You can try the instructions below to enable your SSID broadcast. The specific interface may vary from different computers. Here we take TP-link WiFi router as an example:

1) Go and see the IP address, username and password on your wireless router.

2) Open your browser on PC or mobile phone (connect to the Internet via Ethernet cable on your PC or use mobile phone that has internet connection).

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3) Type the IP address in your browser, and press Enter.

4) Type your User name and Password, then click Login.

5) Go to Wireless > Wireless Settings. Check the box next to Enable SSID broadcast, and click Save.

7) Restart your PC and reconnect to your WiFi network.

Method 6: Check the device interference

The WiFi signals can be interfered by many household devices, such as your cordless phone, microwave oven, Bluetooth speaker, etc. because they use the same 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequencies. Therefore, you can check these devices to see if it’s where the problem lies in.

1) Turn off those devices, and unplug the power source

2) On your PC, try to connect your WiFi again, and see if it shows up.

3) If the problem solves, it seems to result from the devices interference. Then move your modem and wireless router to another place, so they are not in the same light with the household devices.

In addition to the way mentioned above, you can also buy a 5 GHz router or dual band router, because many household devices use the frequency of 2.4GHz. So using a router of 5 GHz can avoid most interference.

Method 7: Switch to ChromeOS

Windows is a very old technology. Sure, Windows 10 is relatively new, but it’s still just the latest iteration of a decades-old operating system, designed for a bygone era (pre-internet).

Now that we have the internet, fast connection speeds, free cloud storage, and endless web apps (like Gmail, Google Docs, Slack, Facebook, Dropbox and Spotify), the entire Windows way of doing things – with locally installed programs and local file storage – is totally outdated.

Why is that a problem? Because when you’re constantly installing uncontrolled third-party programs, you’re constantly opening the door to viruses and other malware. (And Windows’ insecure permission system compounds this problem.)

Plus the way Windows manages installed software and hardware has always been a problem. If your computer shuts down unexpectedly, or a program installs, uninstalls or updates incorrectly, you can get ‘registry’ corruptions. That’s why Windows PCs always slow down and become unstable over time.

Also because everything’s installed and saved locally, it doesn’t take long before you run out of disk space, and your disk gets fragmented, which makes everything even slower and more unstable.

Windows 10 Wifi Not Showing Up In Network Settings

For most people, the simplest way to solve Windows problems is to ditch Windows altogether, and switch to a faster, more reliable, more secure, easier to use and cheaper operating system…

ChromeOS feels much like Windows, but instead of installing heaps of programs to email, chat, browse the internet, write documents, do school presentations, create spreadsheets, and whatever else you normally do on a computer, you use web apps. You don’t need to install anything at all.

That means you don’t have virus and malware problems, and your computer doesn’t slow down over time, or become unstable.

And that’s just the start of the benefits…

To learn more about the benefits of ChromeOS, and to see comparison videos and demos, visit GoChromeOS.com.

That’s all about it. If it helps, share with us which method that helps. If the WiFi network still doesn’t show up in the network list, and you are not sure how to deal with it, please feel free to leave us a comment below and we will see what more we can do to help.

Last updated on August 20th, 2017

The 'No Wireless Networks Connections are available' problem can occur on Windows 10 after installing a new Windows 10 update through Automatic Updates or after you have upgraded Windows 7, 8 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Despite of the Wi-Fi connectivity issue, the built-in Ethernet adapter may work properly and without any problems.

In the case that you face problems with the Wireless connection (WiFi does not work, No WiFi connections) on Windows 10, then this tutorial will show you some methods to fix the problem.

The methods and solutions below apply to the following issues:

  • No WiFi connections on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1
  • No Wi-Fi is available after Windows 10 update or upgrade.
  • Wireless Connections Unavailable on Windows 8, 8.1 or 10.
  • Wi-Fi not working on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1.
  • WiFi won't turn on in Windows 10
  • Wi-Fi stopped working after Windows 10 upgrade or update.
  • No Wireless connections on Windows 10 or Windows 8, 8.1.
  • Wireless Networks Not Available on Windows 10, 8.

How to fix the 'No Wi-Fi Networks' issue on Windows 10, 8.1 & 8.

Method 1. Ensure that Wireless Adapter is Enabled
Method 2. Make sure that WiFi is ON and Airplane Mode is OFF.
Method 3. Perform a Full Shutdown.
Method 4. Modify Wi-Fi Adapter's Power Management Settings.
Method 5. Update WiFi Adapter's driver.
Method 6. Uninstall and Reinstall the WiFi adapter.
Other Methods to fix Wireless Connectivity Issues.
Method 1. Ensure that Wireless Adapter is Enabled.

First of all make sure that the Wireless adapter is not disabled. To do that:

1. Press “Windows” + “R” keys to load the Run dialog box.

2 Type ncpa.cpl and press Enter.

3. Right click on the Wireless network (Wi-Fi) connection and select Enable. *

* Note: If you see the Disable option available, then your card is already enabled, but you can give a try to Disable and re-Enable it.

Method 2. Make sure that Wi-Fi is ON and Airplane Mode is OFF.

1. Click the Start menu and click Settings .

2. Open Network and Internet.

Windows 10 Wifi Networks Not Showing

Wifi

3. Select the Airplane Mode on the left and ensure that:

1. Airplane Mode is OFF.

2. Wi-Fi is On.

Method 3. Perform A Full Shutdown.

Windows 10 and Windows 8 use a new technology that is called Fast Startup in order to start Windows quickly. By using the Fast Startup feature, Windows don't need to reinitialize all drivers and system files upon starting up, so the operating system is loaded faster.

To perform a full shutdown in order to reinitialize WiFi adapter:

1. Click the Start menu and then click the Power button.

2. Now press and HOLD DOWN the SHIFT key (on your keyboard) and then click Shutdown.

3. Wait until all indicator lights turn Off and then Power On your computer again.

Method 4. Modify Wireless Adapter's Power Management settings.

1. Right-click on the Start menu and choose Control Panel.

2. Change the View By (at the up right) to Small icons and then open Power Options.

3. Click Change plan settings (next to 'Balanced') and then select Change advanced power settings.

4. Scroll down to find and expand the Wireless Adapter Settings.

5. Now set the On Battery and Plugged in Setting to Maximum Performance.

Method 5. Update WiFi Adapter's driver.

Important: Before proceeding, connect your computer to the Internet by using an Ethernet cable.

1. Right click on the Start menu and select Device Manager.

2. Click to expand Network Adapters.

3. Right click at the problematic Wireless Adapter and select Update Driver Software.

4. A the next screen choose 'Search automatically for updated driver software'.

5. Let Windows find and install the latest driver for your Wi-Fi adapter.

6. Restart your computer.

Method 6. Uninstall and Reinstall the WiFi adapter.

Important: Before proceeding, connect your computer to the Internet by using an Ethernet cable.

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1. Open Device Manager.

Wifi Option Not Showing On Windows 10

2. Click to expand Network Adapters.

3. Right click at the problematic Wireless Adapter and select Uninstall.

4. Press OK at the warning message to remove the installed Wi-Fi adapter.

5. When the driver uninstall is completed, right click at the computer name on the top (or at the Action menu on the top) and select Scan for hardware changes.

6. Wait until Windows installs the Wireless driver.

7. Restart your computer.

Other Methods to fix Wireless Connectivity Problems.

1. Uninstall VPN Software.
– If you have upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous version (Windows 8.1, 8 or 7) and you have a VPN software previously installed, then proceed and uninstall it. After the uninstall, restart your computer and see if the 'No Wi-Fi connectivity' problem is resolved. If not, then proceed and run the troubleshooter on this link:

Other Methods to fix Wireless Connectivity Issues.

Wifi Settings Missing Windows 10

1. Uninstall VPN Software.
- If you have upgraded to Windows 10 from a previous Windows version (7, 8 or 8.1) and you have installed a VPN software, then uninstall it and restart your computer. If the problem persists then run the troubleshooter from this link:
– If your Wireless adapter supports the 802.11n Networking Standard, then try to set the '802.11n Bandwidth' setting to '20MHz/40MHz Auto'. To do that:

1. Navigate to Device Manager.
2. Right click on the Wireless Adapter and select Properties.
3. In Advanced tab, find and set the '802.11n Bandwidth' (channel width) to '20 MHz only' or to '20MHz/40MHz Auto'.

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