- It is expected that sometimes Windows refuses to connect to a network
- It might be due to the network issue or might be due to your Windows configuration settings
- This guide provides a detailed solution for Windows network connectivity error
Sometimes when you want to connect to a WiFi network and even after putting in the correct password, you get the error “Can’t connect to this network”. This is a common problem with WiFi networks and Windows 10. Here in this article, we have added a few simple solutions for this common Windows 10 problem.
How to Fix Windows that can’t connect to this network?
Have a look at the below-given solutions for fixing Windows 10 that can’t connect to this network.
Check IP and DNS Settings
To check for any issue regarding the IP or DNS, follow the steps given below.
- Click on “Windows Icon” Open Settings Go to Network and Internet now click on “Change Adapter Settings” Right-click on WiFi option and select properties. From the popup window, double click on “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
- And check if there is any manual IP selected. If a manual IP is selected, then simply click on “Obtain an IP address automaticaly.”
- And the DNS should also be selected as “Obtain DNS server address automaticaly”. Do these changes and click on “OK”.
- Another thing you can do is to disable the WiFi adapter. To do this, right click on the WiFi icon and then select disable. Right click on it again and “Enable” it.
Forget WiFi Network Password
Now check again if you can connect to the WiFi or not. Suppose you are not able to connect to the WiFi network or getting the same error again. Then it means that there are some possible changes to your WiFi network password or network.
- Right click on the WiFi network name and “Forget” the network.
- It will remove the older password and the security added for this network. Now you have to reconnect to the same network using the updated password.
- Connect to the WiFi network again. Just click on the WiFi name and select “Connect” It will ask for security, enter the password and select “next”.
In most cases, it should work, but if it is not still working, look at the network settings options from the following guide.
Reset Network to Fix Windows Can’t Connect To This Network.
- From settings, go to “Network & Internt” Select “Network Reset” Click on “Reset now” and then click on “Yes” It will ask for restarting the Windows. After restarting the system, check if you can log in to the network or not.
Fix Socket Errors & IP Reset
If network resetting is still not resolving your WiFi error, it is time to look and fix socket errors on your system. To fix socket errors and IP issues, do the following steps.
- Search for CMD Right click on it and “Run as Administrator.”
- Type netsh winsock reset in the CMD and hit enter. It will reset the network socket error if there is any. Now again, enter “netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt and then hit enter on your keyboard.
- You can see the status of IP in the form of a log
- Enter ipconfig /flushdns to clear the DNS cache
- The above step will clear the DNS cache from your Windows 10 PC.
- Type “Exit” to close the command prompt
- Restart the computer
- Check again if you can connect to the network or not
If you cannot connect to the network, have a look at our next proposed solution.
Update Or Unistall Adapter
- Press Windows key + R to open the run prompt
- enter devmgmt.MSC in the text field
- Click on OK to unlock the device manager
- Look for the WiFi network adapter from the “Network Adapters” tab
- Right click on it and select “update driver.”
- Now click on “browse my computer for drivers.”
- Now click on “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.”
- Select driver (latest according to the date) and select “next” to install the driver. After that, click on “Close” and restart the Windows.
After restarting the computer, check if you can connect to the WiFi network or not.
If you are still unable to connect to the network, you need to uninstall the wireless network driver and reinstall it.
- Go to the device manager just like in the previous step
- Search for the network driver
- Right click on it and select “uninstall device.”
- check the option “Delete the driver software for this device” and then select “Uninstall.”
After the removing driver from the system, you have to restart the system again. Windows 10 will automatically install the network driver on restart. Now you have to check if you can connect to the WiFi network or not.
Check for the Airplane Mode
The first thing that you can try is to turn on the aeroplane mode of your device. This will disconnect every connection that your device has and, after some minutes, turn it off.
- In the bottom-right corner of your laptop, you will see a notification icon, click on it, and you will see the option of turning on and off the aeroplane mode.
- After finding the option, turn it off.
In most cases, the above-discussed methods should work, and you will be able to use a wireless network on your computer smoothly. If any solution is not fixing your problems, then here is a bonus solution for you.
From settings, go to “Network & Internet” and click on the “Troubleshoot” option. The system troubleshooter will try to search for the issue and give you a possible solution. If a problem is found with troubleshooting, click on it and follow the steps by clicking on several “next” buttons.
If any other error is found in this process, the system will automatically fix such problems. You need to follow the on screen instructions. After these fixes and troubleshooting, you will be able to connect to the WiFi network.