Wifi Network Not Showing Up? [Solved]

Wifi Network Not Showing Up? [Solved]

/ Sedfrey Galope
  • If your computer is not detecting WiFi networks, it may be because your network drivers are outdated or corrupted.
  • You can try restarting your router or WiFi modem to fix the issue.
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Your computer is not detecting WiFi networks because your network drivers are outdated or corrupted. You can verify if this is the issue by connecting a different device to your WiFi. If you can connect other devices, the problem is likely your PC’s WiFi network.

Sometimes, restarting your router or WiFi modem will fix this issue. However, there will be instances when you need to go beyond just a simple reboot. The methods we are sharing today will give you solutions when your computer is not detecting WiFi Networks.

Method 1 – Use Your Keyboard To Turn On Your WiFi’s Physical Switch

Laptops have shortcut keys that are dedicated to turning on your WiFi. By pressing these keys, you should be able to enable or disable your WiFi network. Carefully review your keyboard and search for the WiFi icon. Press the keys to toggle between enabled and disabled. In most cases, it is the Function Key + F2.

If you do not see any WiFi switch on your laptop, then follow these steps:

  1. Hold down the “Windows” and “R” keys on your keyboard and type in “ncpa.cpl.”
run ncpa
  1. Right-click the WiFi adapter. You can toggle between enabled and disabled. 
disable network
  1. Connect to your wireless network.

If the issue persists, try this fix

  1. Right-click on the Windows Icon and click on “Settings.”
  2. Click on “WiFi” on the left pane of the window.
  3. Toggle your WiFi between disable and enable.
enable wifi
  1. Try to connect to your WiFi network again.

Method 2: Restart your Router

Your computer is not detecting any WiFi network when your router or modem is seemingly “hanging.” You can fix this by restarting your router.

  1. Turn off the modem or WiFi router.
  2. Unplug the router or modem from the power source.
  3. Wait 10-20 seconds before plugging the power cable again.
  4. Switch the router on and try connecting the device again.

Your computer is not detecting WiFi networks when your wireless network services are down. So make sure that all of the following services are running:

  1. Hold the “Windows” and “R” keys to bring up the run dialog box.
  2. Type “services.msc” in the run dialog box and hit Enter.
run services msc
  1. Check that the following services are started. Right-click on each service and choose “Properties.” You also need to check that their Startup type is set to Automatic. Click apply and hit Enter.
  • DHCP Client
  • Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup
  • Network Connection Broker
  • Network Connections
  • Network Connectivity Assistant
  • Network List Service
  • Network Location Awareness
  • Network Setup Service
  • Network Store Interface Service
  • WLAN AutoConfig
dhcp properties
dhcp automatic startup
  1. Restart your PC and try connecting to your network again.

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Method 4 – Run Network Troubleshooter

Windows have a built-in Network Troubleshooter, which can help you understand what is causing the issue.

  1. Click on the Windows icon, type “troubleshoot settings,” and press “enter.”
search troubleshoot settings
  1. At the left pane, choose “Troubleshoot” and click “Additional Troubleshooting.”
additional troubleshooters 1
  1. Click on “Internet Connections” and click “Run the troubleshooter.”
run internet connections troubleshooter

4. Follow the troubleshooting steps and once it is done, restart your computer and check if the issue is fixed.

Method 5 – Update Network Adapter Driver

Using an outdated network adapter driver will also cause connection issues. You can fix this issue by updating the adapter driver.

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key and R.
  2. Type “devmgmt.msc” in your Run dialog box and hit Enter.
device manager
  1. In your device manager, expand the Network adapter.
  2. Next, right-click on the WiFi controller and select Update Drivers.
network adapter update driver
  1. In the Update Driver Software window, choose “Search automatically for drivers.”
search automatically for network adapter
  1. You will see the above message if you already have the latest drivers.
  2. You can visit the manufacturer’s website to get the most updated drivers if that does not work.
  3. Restart your PC.

Final Thoughts

It can be frustrating when your computer is not detecting any WiFi network. Sometimes, this issue can delay your work or school tasks. Thankfully, fixing this issue is not difficult at all. Remember, if no other device can connect to your WiFi network, it may be a case that your modem or router needs to be replaced.

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Sedfrey Galope
Meet the author

Sedfrey is an experienced writer and editor. He's also a PC hardware and gaming enthusiast. In his spare time, he enjoys reading about the latest innovations in the PC market. He is constantly challenged to find fixes to hardware and software errors.