How to Fix Windows 10 Cannot Connect to this Network

How to Fix Windows 10 Cannot Connect to this Network

/ Shayne Sherman

Can’t suddenly connect to your Network? If your computer says, “Cannot Connect to this Network,” you are not alone. This issue is a commonly reported problem for Windows 10 users.

To guide you on fixing it, see the steps below.

Method 1: Use Third Party System Repair Tool (Fortect)

Fortect is a program that analyzes your computer and automatically repairs issues on your PC that may cause the error “Cannot Connect to this Network.”

Follow the steps below to download and use Fortect on your computer.

NOTE: These steps will require you to temporarily deactivate your anti-virus to prevent it from interfering with Fortect.

Step 1: Download and Install Fortect for free.

Step 2: Accept the license terms agreement by checking the “I Accept the EULA and Privacy Policy” to continue.

Step 3: After installing Fortect, it will automatically scan your computer for the first time.

fortect repair

Step 4: You can view the details of the scan by expanding the “Details” tab.

Step 5: To fix the issues found, expand the “Recommendation” tab and choose between “Clean” and “Ignore.”

Step 6: Click on “Clean Now” at the bottom part of the program to begin fixing the issue.

Method 2: Uninstall/Reinstall your Network Adapter Drivers

If your computer is having issues connecting to your Network, it is usually caused by improper installation of network drivers or outdated drivers.

To update and reinstall your network adapter drivers, follow these steps:

Step 1: Press on the Windows key + S and search for “Device Manager

Device Manager

Step 2: Open Device Manager

Step 3: Find Network Adapters and Select your Adapter

Step 4: Right-click on your Network Adapter and select Uninstall

uninstall Network Adapter

Step 5: Reboot your computer, and Windows will automatically install the latest driver for your Network Adapter

Method 3: Disabling 802.1 1n Mode for your Network Adapter

Step 1: Press on the Windows key + X to open the quick-access menu

Step 2: Select Device Manager

Device Manager

Step 3: Find Network Adapter and select the name of your Adapter

Step 4: Right-click on it, Select Properties


Step 5: Click on the Advance tab

Advance tab

Step 6:  Click on 802.1 1n Mode and set its value to Disabled

Step 7: Reboot your computer and try connecting to your Network

If you still can’t connect to your Network, try the following method below.

Method 4: Reset your Router

Most routers are turned on for days or even weeks; sometimes, a simple reboot of your router can fix this issue.

To do these, follow the steps below.

Step 1:  Turn off your Internet Router

Step 2: Unplug your router

Step 3: Wait for 5 minutes before turning on your router

Step 4: Turn on your router

Step 5: Try to connect to your Network now

Method 5: Use IP Config / Release Command

Step 1: Press Windows key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin)

Command Prompt (Admin)

Step 2: In Command Prompt, Type these lines and press Enter Ipconfig/release


Step 3: After performing ipconfig/release, enter the following: Ipconfig/renew


Step 4: Close Command Prompt

Step 5: Reboot Windows 10 and try connecting to your Network

Method 6: Forget your Wireless Connection

If you try connecting to a new network, you might enter the password incorrectly, which could cause an error that you cannot connect to this Network.

Forget the Network you are trying to connect to and re-enter the password. To do this, follow these steps.

Step 1: Press the Windows key + I

Step 2: Select Network & Internet

Network and Internet

Step 3: Click on WIFI on the side menu

Step 4: Click on Manage Know Networks

Manage Know Networks

Step 5: Find the Network you are trying to connect to and click forget

forget button

Step 6: Try connecting again to the Network and see if the issue is fixed

Method 7: Disable IPv6 on Windows 10

Step 1: Press Windows key + S and search for “Network & Sharing Center

Network & Sharing Center

Step 2: Open Network & Sharing Center

Step 3: Click on the connection you are using


Step 4: Click on Properties


Step 5: Make sure IPv6 Protocol is unchecked and press Ok

IPv6 Protocol is unchecked

Step 6: Reboot your computer and try connecting to your Network

Make sure to follow all the steps above. Most of the time, one of the methods in this guide will fix the issue on Windows 10 Cannot Connect to this Network.


If you are still encountering the issue after doing the methods above, your Network may be faulty and need to be replaced. Visit the nearest service center and have your computer or laptop checked.

Another issue might be your router; if all devices cannot connect to your Network, the router could be the cause.

Most ISP (Internet Service Provider) provides a replacement for faulty routers free of charge. Contact their customer service and report the issue.

Shayne Sherman
Meet the author

Shayne is an expert on all things Microsoft Windows and computer security. As a Windows user of over 30 years, he has been featured on Business Insider, Yahoo, Tech Republic, Hacker Noon, Techopedia, and many other publications. Aside from entertaining at his home theater, he enjoys spending time with his family, including his English bulldog, Fergie.