We need to connect to the internet from our laptops and desktops for various reasons: Work, play, shop or learn online. Normally a Wi-Fi connection is automatically established when the computer is turned on. However, when you try to connect to this network in Windows 10, you may see the message Could not connect to this network under your Wi-Fi connection.

This may be due to network driver issues, loose connections, coverage issues, hardware problems, or some other type of temporary glitch. A network error may prevent you from connecting to your Windows 10 computer’s wireless network. Fortunately, this problem can be solved with a few workarounds and adjustments.

First corrective action for errorCannot connect to this network.

Hopefully, the initial checks and solutions will help you resolve network connectivity issues. We recommend that you go through the initial workarounds first before moving on to the real solutions. If the first secondary solutions solve the fact that Windows 10 cannot connect to that network, you will be spared.

1. Restarting the PC

A reboot can help you solve temporary system problems. So if you can’t connect to a wireless network because of temporary connection problems, a reboot may solve the problem.

Click the Windows logo in the taskbar and then click the power button. Click on the Restart option.

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After the restart, try to connect to the wireless network again.

2. Go to the same room as Wi-Fi

If you are in another room, far away from the Wi-Fi router, the chances of network interference are high. Walls can prevent you from connecting to Wi-Fi in another room. You can go to the same room where the WiFi modem/router is located and try to connect to WiFi.

3. Make sure Wi-Fi is on.

You cannot connect to a wireless network if Wi-Fi is turned off in system settings. Many laptops also have a physical switch to turn WiFi on and off. You can check the physical Wi-Fi switch in your PC’s manual and turn it on to connect to the wireless network from the computer.

To turn on WiFi through Settings, press the Windows key + I to open the Settings application and go to Network and Internet.

In the left pane, go to Wi-Fi and turn on the switch under Wi-Fi so that it is on.

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After turning on Wi-Fi, you can try to connect to the Wi-Fi connection of your choice.

4. Check if flight mode is off.

If you have enabled airplane mode on your system, you will not be able to connect to a wireless network and you will see an error message saying you cannot connect to that network! You need to disable Airplane Mode in the settings to resolve the error message Unable to connect to this network in Windows 10.

To disable Flight Mode, go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet, and then click Flight Mode in the left pane.

Slide the switch under Flight Mode to the left to turn it off.

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Now you can seamlessly connect to any wireless network.

5. Try disconnecting and reconnecting to the wireless network.

Sometimes there are network problems due to connection errors. You can easily disconnect and reconnect to the wireless network, which causes problems.

Click the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar and click Disconnect under Connected network.

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Wait a moment and then tap the network icon again. This time, click the Connect button under the wireless network you want to connect to.

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This will solve minor problems in this regard.

6. Reboot modem and WLAN router

You can restart your home’s wireless modem and router to solve the problem of Windows 10 not being able to connect to that network. The procedure for restarting the router and modem may be different. Follow the instructions below to find out how to do this.

Unplug the router and the modem. If your modem has a backup battery, remove it as well. Now wait a moment (about 30 seconds) and reconnect the router and modem to a power source.

If you have removed the battery from the modem, replace it. Try again to establish a connection between the wireless network and the PC.

7. Check connectivity to other devices.

If you cannot connect to the network with only one computer, other devices can easily connect to the wireless network. You can use your mobile phone or another computer to connect to WiFi. This will reveal whether the problem is in your system or in the network as a whole. If neither device connects to the wireless network, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

8. Try pinging the default gateway on router.

Another way to find out if there is a problem between your internal connection or modem and your ISP is to try pinging your wireless router’s default gateway. The output of this ping will help you narrow down the problem.

After selecting a command prompt from the search results, type cmd from the Start menu and click Run as Administrator.

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In the terminal window, type ipconfig and press Enter. Now check the WiFi connection in the output of the command and note down the default gateway as shown in the screenshot below.

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Once you have the default gateway in hand, run the ping command in the command line window. In our case, it was ping 192.168.1.1.

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If you see an output like in the screenshot above, i.e. Lost = 0, then you have a valid connection between the PC and the router. The problem lies with your modem or your ISP; you can contact your ISP to resolve the issue.

19 TroubleshootingError connecting to this network

If the first remedies above have not helped you solve your wireless connection problem, you can refer to the following solutions. The list of solutions is long, because the cause of the problem – the connection to this network is not possible – differs from system to system.

To connect to the Internet, you must connect to a local network, as some solutions require an Internet connection.

1. Troubleshooting network problems

You can run the Windows diagnostics utility to resolve the Cannot connect to this network error message. The built-in network troubleshooting feature analyzes all network problems and solves them for you.

To troubleshoot network issues, go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet. In the left pane of Network and Internet Settings, go to the Status page.

Under Advanced Network Settings, click Network Troubleshooter.

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Now wait until Windows fixes the error for you. You can connect to a wireless network.

2. Windows operating system upgrade

Windows Update also continues to perform updates for device drivers. The Windows update also fixes bugs in earlier versions. You can upgrade Windows to solve the problem of not being able to connect to this network.

Open Settings and go to Updates and Security. Make sure you are in the Windows Update section.

Click on the Check for updates button.

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Download the latest version of Windows and install it on your PC.

3. Removal of third-party antivirus software

Some third-party antivirus programs can cause too many problems on your Windows system. You can temporarily remove the antivirus software from your computer to resolve the Cannot connect to this network error message.

Find Control Panel in the Start menu and click it in the search results. Click the Uninstall a program button in the Programs section of the Control Panel.

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Find the antivirus program and right click on it. Select Delete to remove it from your computer.

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Follow the on-screen wizard instructions to complete the uninstallation process. You can use Windows security to protect your PC until the problem is resolved. If this problem occurs frequently because of the antivirus software, you can take the help of the support department.

You can execute network commands to flash and reset the DNS cache, free and update IP addresses, and reset the TCP/IP stack. This may help you get rid of the error message Unable to connect to network.

Open a command prompt with administrator privileges and run the following commands in order.

Resetting the winsock grid

restoring networks to ip networks

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ipconfig / Enable

ipconfig / update

ipconfig /flushdns

After you run all the commands, try to connect to the desired wireless network and make sure you get rid of the error message that says you cannot connect to this network.

5. Uninstalling the latest Windows update

This solution seems to contradict the previous one, but if you are experiencing Wi-Fi problems after updating your Windows operating system, you should remove it.

Go to Settings ➜ Update and Security ➜ Windows Update, and click View Update History.

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On the next screen, click the Remove Updates button.

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When the Control Panel window opens, scroll down to Microsoft Windows and right-click on Last Update by Date. Choose Delete.

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Reboot the computer for the changes to take effect, and then check to see if the message Cannot connect to this network disappears.

6. Reinstall the network adapter

You can try reinstalling the network card driver to resolve the error message Unable to connect to this network.

Press Windows key + X and click on Device Manager to open it. In the Device Manager window, locate and expand the network adapters.

Now right-click on the wireless device drivers and select Uninstall from the context menu.

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If the driver has been removed, restart your computer. Windows will reinstall the drivers for you.

7. Disable IPv6

If you have IPv6 enabled, you may experience unwanted connection problems with the network. You can disable IPv6 in the router or on your PC. To disable IPv6 on your router, refer to your router’s manual, as each router does it differently.

And to disable IPv6 on your computer, go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet.

In the Related Settings area, click the Edit Adapter Settings button.

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Right-click the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to. Select Properties from the menu.

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Make sure you are on the Network tab, and then uncheck the box next to Internet Protocol version 6 (TCPIPv6). Press OK.

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Restart the computer, and then check if you can connect to the wireless network.

8. Updating the driver for the network adapter

Outdated device drivers are a major cause of many problems. If the network drivers are outdated, Windows 10 may display the message Cannot connect to this network when you connect to WiFi. You can update the drivers in Windows 10 manually or use third-party software.

You need to expand the Network Adapters menu in Device Manager and update the drivers for your wireless network.

After updating the drivers, restart your computer and try to connect to the Wi-Fi network again.

9. Change channel width for network drivers

For some users, changing the channel width for wireless network drivers may resolve connection issues. To change the channel width, follow the simple steps below.

Step one: Go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet ➜ Edit Adapter Settings.

Step two: Right-click on the wireless network and select Properties.

Step three: In the Wi-Fi Properties dialog box, click Configure.

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Step four: Now click on the Advanced tab in the Wireless Network Adapter Properties window.

Step 5: Under Properties, select 802.11 Channel Width and change the value to 20 MHz.

Click OK to save your changes and restart the computer. This will resolve the problem with your computer’s internet connection.

10. Changing the power management parameters of the network driver

Sometimes network drivers are disabled if your laptop does not have enough battery power. You must disable this setting to prevent the network drivers from being disabled.

To do this, open Device Manager and expand the network adapters. Then right-click on the wireless network adapter and select Properties.

Click the Power Management tab and uncheck the Allow computer to turn off this device to save power check box.

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Press OK.

You can reboot the device and check if the problem is solved. If you are using an external USB network adapter, follow the same steps for the USB drivers.

11. Disconnecting and reconnecting to Wi-Fi

You can try disconnecting and then reconnecting the wireless network connection to resolve the error message Cannot connect to this network in Windows 10.

Go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet ➜ Edit Adapter Settings.

Right-click on the wireless network causing the problem and select Disconnect.

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Wait a moment, then right-click on the disabled Wi-Fi connection again, but this time click Enable. The Wi-Fi will then be reactivated.

You can now try to connect to the desired wireless network again.

12. Connecting to a wireless network manually

If you cannot connect to a Wi-Fi network in the usual way, try connecting manually. It may take some extra time and effort, but it will help you resolve the situation when Windows 10 can’t connect to that network problem.

Go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet, and under Related Settings, click Network Center and Sharing.

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In the Control Panel window, click Set up a new connection or network.

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Now select Manual connection to a wireless network and click Next.

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Add the network name and required information and click Next.

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You can follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the whole process.

13. Disable firewall

Sometimes a firewall can prevent you from connecting to a wireless network. You can temporarily disable the firewall and see if that helps you connect to WiFi. If you are using a third-party firewall, refer to its manual to learn how to disable it. In the case of Windows security, perform the following steps.

Step one: Go to Settings ➜ Update and Security and click Windows Security in the left pane.

Step two: Click on Firewall and Network Security.

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Step three: Click on the network that is currently active. In our case, it’s a public network.

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Step four: Flip the switch to disable the firewall.

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You can also disable the firewall for other networks. Restart your computer, review this post and see if you were able to connect to WiFi without any issues.

14. Change of assets

You can try changing the power settings to resolve wireless connection issues.

From the Start menu, search for the menu scheme you want to change and open it from the search results.

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Press the Change advanced power settings button.

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In the Power Options dialog box, expand Wireless adapter settings, and under that, Power saving mode.

Select Maximum power for Battery on and Connectivity on.

Click Apply and OK.

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Now check if you can connect to WiFi. However, if you are still experiencing problems, you can try changing the meal plan in the Power Options window to High Performance instead of Balanced.

15. Switch off dosing connection

The meter connection can prevent you from doing many things on your computer over the Internet. To avoid such problems, you can disconnect the meter.

Start the Settings application and go to Network and Internet. Now go to the Wi-Fi section on the left side of the window.

Tap the connected Wi-Fi network.

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In the next window, scroll down to the Administrative Connection section and drag the switch under Set as Dispensing Connection to the left so that it is disabled.

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Now check if you can open the website/web browser or download updates after disconnecting the measurement connection.

16. Repair wireless network driver

If the updated version of the wireless driver is not stable, you may have trouble connecting to a wireless network. You can reset the driver to the previous stable version.

Open Device Manager, expand Network Adapters, and right-click on the wireless network driver. Click Properties in the context menu.

In the Network Driver Properties window, click the Driver tab and then click the Rollback Driver button. You can follow the on-screen instructions to complete the rollback process.

If the Roll Back Driver button is grayed out, the network driver cannot be canceled. In that case, you should skip this decision and move on to the next one.

17. Performing a network reset

You can perform a network reset to resolve the situation when the Windows 10 error message cannot connect to that network. The network reset reinstalls the network adapter drivers and resets the network components settings to the default values. In addition, network software, such as VPN and virtual switch, is removed from your PC when you perform a network reset.

To perform a network reset, open the Settings application and go to Network and Internet Settings.

Now click on Reset network.

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In the next window, click Reset now.

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When prompted for confirmation, press Yes to begin the reset. After the reset, you can connect to the wireless network.

18. Make sure the router and adapter have the same protection class.

The router and the WiFi adapter must be configured with the same type of security to function properly and establish a wireless connection. To find out how to check and change your router’s security type, refer to the manufacturer’s manual or go to its website. This process depends on the model and manufacturer of the router.

To check the security type of the adapter, go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet ➜ Network Center and Sharing.

Tap your active WiFi connections.

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In the Wi-Fi Status dialog box, click Wireless Network Properties.

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Now click on the Security tab and check the value per security type. You must ensure that this type of security is identical to that of the router.

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If it does not match, you can change one of the security settings.

19. Change radio mode value

You can try changing the wireless mode value to solve the internet problem you are experiencing.

Go to Settings ➜ Network and Internet ➜ Edit Adapter Settings.

Now right-click on the Wi-Fi network and select Properties.

Click the Customize button in the Properties window. In the Network Adapter Properties window, click the Advanced tab and then click Wireless Network Mode. For the wireless mode, you can play with different values.

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After changing the value, close all windows and try to connect to the desired network.

Supplement

Without a stable internet connection it is not possible to work on computers. Most of us rely on a Wi-Fi connection to the Internet, so it’s important that the connection works well. Windows 10 often displays the message Could not connect to network below the error message of the Wi-Fi connection you are trying to establish.

There are several reasons why Windows users experience these problems when connecting to wireless networks. And as it is, there is a long list of solutions that can help you solve this Windows 10 PC problem.

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