How To Fix Wi-Fi Not Working on Windows 11

Are you experiencing WiFi connection issues on your Windows 11 computer? There are several factors that can cause this issue such as an outdated network drivers, software glitch, active metered connection, or a DNS issue. To fix this you will need to perform several troubleshooting steps.

Windows 11 is the latest operating system of Microsoft that was first released in October 2021. It’s available as a free upgrade on any Windows 10 device that meets the requirements. Some of the best features of this latest OS include improved security, access to Android apps, as well as AI powered widgets just to name a few.

Why is my internet not working after Windows 11 update?

Why is my internet not working after Windows 11 update?

One of the issues that you might encounter with your Windows 11 computer is the wireless network not working. This can be a frustrating experience especially if you need the internet connection to go online for work.

Here’s what you need to do to fix the WiFi connection not working on Windows 11 issue.

Solution 1: Run the internet connection troubleshooter

The fastest way to fix any WiFi connectivity issues on your Windows 11 computer is to let the operating system determine what the problem is and have it fixed. Windows 11 includes several tools that allows it to diagnose any common issues that may occur such as the problem connecting to the Wi-Fi network.

You should try running the internet connections troubleshooter as this will automatically check what’s causing the WiFi problems you are experiencing.

Using the internet connection troubleshooter in Windows 11

On the Search icon from the Taskbar, type in troubleshoot settings and press Enter.

Click on Other troubleshooters.

Under Most frequent, run the Internet Connections troubleshooter.

After the process has finished try to check if the WiFi network problem persists. If it does then try running the network adapter troubleshooter.

Network adapters troubleshooter

Press Win + I to open Settings.

In the System tab, go to Troubleshoot > Other Troubleshooters.

Scroll down and click the Run button for Network Adapter.

Press Win + I to open Settings.

In the System tab, go to Troubleshoot > Other Troubleshooters.

Scroll down and click the Run button for Network Adapter.

Select the appropriate option and follow on-screen instructions. Apply the recommended fixes to restore your Wi-Fi connectivity.

Solution 2: Restart your Windows 11 computer

One of the best ways to fix any network connections problem you might be experiencing on your Windows 11 device is by simply doing a restart. This will refresh the Windows 11 operating system by getting rid of any temporary glitches. After doing the restart try checking if this will fix the WiFi not working issue.

Solution 3: Update network adapter driver

If your Windows 11 device is using an outdated wireless network adapter driver then it’s likely that it won’t be able to connect to the WiFi network. You need to get the latest network drivers available as this will come with several performance enhancements as well as bug fixes that could fix your Windows 11 WiFi issue.

Update driver in Windows 11

Right click the Start button then open Device Manager.

Expand Network adapters, right-click on the Wi-Fi driver, and choose the Update driver option.

Follow the on-screen instructions to update the Wi-Fi driver for Windows 11.

After getting the latest update try to check if your Windows 11 WiFi is working.

Solution 4: Reinstall the WiFi driver

There’s a possibility that the WiFi driver that your Windows 11 computer is already corrupted. If this is the case then you will need to install new drivers to replace the old one.

Reinstall network driver

  • Right click the Start button then open Device Manager.
  • Expand Network adapters, right-click on the Wi-Fi driver, and choose the Uninstall device option.
  • Restart your Windows 11 PC, and Windows will automatically reinstall the Wi-Fi drivers again.

Try checking if your Windows 11 WiFi is now working.

Solution 5: Check your WiFi router

You won’t be able to access the internet on your WiFi network if there is an issue with your router. Can other devices connected to this router go online? If they can’t then there might be an issue with your router. Try restarting your router by unplugging its power cord and leaving it off for a minute before plugging it back in. Once the router has fully booted up try checking if this fixes your Windows 11 WiFi problem.

Solution 6: No internet from ISP

If your modem or router is not getting any internet connection from your internet service provider then you will most likely experience the Windows 11 WiFi problem. You will know when there is an ISP issue when one of the the lights on the modem or router is steady or blinking red. In order to fix this you must contact your ISP.

Solution 7: Perform a network reset

Sometimes the Windows 11 WiFi problem you are experiencing is caused by wrong network settings. You can fix this by resetting network settings as this will remove all your network adapters and reset them to their default values.

Reset network settings

  • Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app.
  • Click on the Network & internet tab on your left.
  • Go to Advanced network settings.
  • Under More settings, click on Network reset.
  • Click on the Reset now button next to Network reset.

Wait for the network reset option to finish then restart your computer. Try checking if the Windows 11 WiFi problem still occurs.

Solution 8: Turn off metered connection

If you are on a metered connection such as when using a portable hotspot device or using your phone’s mobile data subscription then you might have turned on the metered connection option on your Windows PC. If the limit is reached then you won’t be able to go online anymore. Try turning this feature off and check if this fixes the problem.

Disable metered connection

  • Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app.
  • Go to Network & internet tab.
  • Click on Wi-Fi.
  • Open the properties of the Wi-Fi network you’re trying to connect to.
  • Toggle off the switch next to the Metered connection option.

Solution 9: Flush DNS cache

Sometimes this Wi-Fi internet connection problem can be caused by a corrupted DNS cache in your computer. To fix this try flushing the DNS.

Flush DNS

  • Right-click on the Start menu and choose Windows Terminal (Admin).
  • Execute the following commands one by one.
  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int ip reset
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew
  • ipconfig /flushdns

Restart your PC then check if the internet connection works.

Solution 10: Update Windows 11

Try checking if there are any new Windows 11 software updates. These updates usually have performance enhancements and bug fixes that could address the Wi-Fi issues you are experiencing.

You can check for any new updates by opening the Settings app and going to the Windows update section.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I turn on airplane mode on my Windows PC will I still get internet connection?

    Airplane mode turns off all radio communications on your device such as the wireless adapter and Bluetooth adapter. You won't be able to access the internet wirelessly when this setting is enabled.

  2. What's the best way to fix WiFi internet problem on Windows 11?

    Running the internet connection troubleshooter tool as well as restarting the computer are two of the best ways to fix this problem.

  3. What do I do if I forget my WiFi password?

    If you forgot the WiFi password then you can access your router admin page to check what the password is for your wireless network.

  4. Why can't computer desktop computer can't connect to a WiFi network?

    Some desktop computers don't have a Wi-Fi adapter included as they are usually designed to connect to a wired network. If your computer does not have any Wi-Fi adapter then you can simply buy one and use it to allow your PC to connect to the WiFi network.

  5. How do I fix Wi-Fi is slow on my PC?

    Try restarting your computer. You should also check if other devices connected to the network are downloading files over the internet as this will usually slow down your connection.

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Chad Buenaflor

Chad has been in the tech industry since 2000. He has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is interested in the hardware and software side of technology. Initially working for a Japanese semiconductor company as a Test Engineer for nearly 10 years, he then pursued his passion for internet technology by working for the support team of Time Warner Cable then finally joining TheDroidGuy as one of their troubleshooting and tech writers. On his free time he plays his favorite games on his PC, Xbox Series X, and Android phone.

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