Windows 10 does not show WiFi networks

If your computer cannot list any available WiFi networks, below are the troubleshooting steps to fix Windows 10 not showing any WiFi networks issue.

No WiFi networks available in Windows 10

Windows computers have built-in wireless adapters that allow them to automatically scan and enumerate all available networks within range.

If your computer does not show Wi-Fi networks, the problem could be due to a change in network settings, incompatible or outdated network drivers, and other reasons.

1. Restart computer

reboot The computer can often fix network connection problems by closing hung programs and processes that may be causing the problem on your computer.

2. Run the network troubleshooter

If restarting didn’t help, check if the built-in network troubleshooter available in Windows 10 can fix the problem.

Go to settings > Network & Internet > Scroll down in the right pane and click Network Troubleshooting.

Network troubleshooter option in Windows 10 settings screen

Wait for the troubleshooter to detect problems and follow the on-screen instructions instructions to fix problems on your computer.

If the network troubleshooter cannot resolve the issue, continue to the next troubleshooting step.

3. Reboot the network adapter

Right click on the beginning click and click device manager.

On the Device Manager screen, expand network adapter Entry > right click on your Wireless adapter and select disable device Possibility.

Disable WiFi adapter

After 15 seconds, right-click Wireless adapter select again and this time Activate device Possibility.

4. Update the network driver

Right click on the beginning click and click device manager.

On the Device Manager screen, expand network adapter Entry > right click on the Wireless adapter and click Update driver software Possibility.

Update driver software for wireless adapter in Windows 10

Tip: If you see multiple entries under Wireless Adapters, look for something that says Wi-Fi or Network or 802.11b.

Select on the next screen Search automatically for updated driver software Possibility.

Wait for your computer to search for the Latest driver software as available for the wireless adapter and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver software (if available).

5. Reset network settings

As mentioned above, the problem could be due to a change or corruption in the network settings.

Go to settings > Network & Internet > Scroll down in the right pane and click reset network Possibility.

Option to reset network settings in Windows 10

On the next screen, click reset now to reset the network settings on your computer to the factory defaults.

Note: This process will erase all of your current network settings, including your WiFi and VPN passwords. So it’s a good idea to write down your WiFi and VPN passwords.

6. Uninstall the wireless adapter driver

Right click on the beginning click and click device manager.

On the Device Manager screen, expand network adapter Entry > right click on the Wireless adapter and click Uninstall device Possibility.

Uninstall the wireless adapter driver

Check in the confirmation popup Delete driver software for this device option and click Uninstall.

Delete driver software

Restart your computer and Windows should automatically install the correct driver software.

Note: In rare cases, Windows may not install the correct driver. In this case, manually download the driver software from the manufacturer’s website and install it on your computer.

7. Diagnose network connections

Go to settings > Network & Internet > Scroll down in the right pane and click Change adapter options.

Change adapter options

On the next screen, right click on your network and select that Diagnose Possibility.

Diagnose network connection

Wait for the process to complete and see if your computer is now listing available Wi-Fi networks.

8. Release and renew the IP address

Follow the steps below to remove the current self-assigned IP address from your computer and get a new IP address.

Right click on the beginning click and click Command Prompt (Admin).

Open Command Prompt as Administrator

In the command prompt window, type ipconfig /release and press the Enter key. This will reveal your computer’s current IP address.

ipconfig release command in windows 10

Enter next ipconfig /renew and press Enter to renew your computer’s IP address.

Close the command prompt window and start anew your computer.

9. Power flush modem/router

Separate the Modem/routers from the power source and wait patiently 60 Seconds > connect the modem router to the power source and wait until all lights turn green.

After that, you should be able to view the Wi-Fi networks listed on your computer.

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