Nowadays when the internet has become one of the main necessities of people from various age groups, they face various issues while connecting to the internet. One of the most common issues that is generally faced by the users while using windows 10 is a pop-up that appears along the path of the mentioned file that reads as “Can’t connect to this network”.
- 1 How To Fix The Can’t Connect To This Network On Windows 10 Error
- 1.1 Method 1: Tweak Wireless Network Adapter Drivers
- 1.2 Method 2: Power Cycle Your Router or Modem
- 1.3 Method 3: Run The Windows Troubleshooter
- 1.4 Method 4: Change Network Key (Security/Encryption) From WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK to WPA2-PSK With TKIP/AES for Your Wireless Adapter
- 1.5 Method 5: Forgetting Network
- 1.6 Method 6: Network Reset
- 2 Conclusion
How To Fix The Can’t Connect To This Network On Windows 10 Error
This article gives a guide to the users of windows, the various methods explained below may be one of the reasons why you must be facing this issue. Some changes may have been done to your computer that may be stopping you from connecting to the network.
Some of the reasons may be replacing the router, changing the security key of your wireless network, or anything else. You can choose any one of the methods explained below depending on what type of changes have been made to your computer.
Read the article carefully and check if any one of the following changes has been made to your computer. If you have no knowledge about the computer then you can simply follow the instructions starting from step 1 till the last step or till your issue has been resolved.
Method 1: Tweak Wireless Network Adapter Drivers
One of the reasons that this issue may occur is that you have outdated network adapter drivers. This method explains the various steps of how you can update the network adapter drivers. Follow the steps as shown below:
Step 1: First you have to open the Device Manager by clicking the windows tab and searching it.
Step 2: Then you have to select Network Adapters from a set of lists that appears on the screen.
Step 3: Select your network adapter by right clicking on it and then selecting Update driver software.
Step 4: Select “Search automatically for the updated driver software”. Click on the “Close” button when the driver is successfully installed.
Step 5: After the driver is installed, you have to restart your system and if the issue is resolved.
Step 6: If the problems persist, right-click on the network adapter and select uninstall.
Step 7: Restart your computer, your windows will automatically reinstall it.
Step 8: If this problem still persists, then repeat the same process up to “Update driver software” and then click on “Let me pick from the list of devices”.
Step 9: Select the option “Browser my computer for software” and click on “Let me pick from the list of devices”.
Step 10: Search for the “Show compatible hardware” option and uncheck it.
Step 11: Select the right driver from the list and check if the issue is resolved.
Step 12: If not resolved, then try to go to your drivers and repeat the same steps till “Network Adapters” and click on Properties.
Step 13: Then click on the “Driver” tab and select the “Rollback Driver” option.
Step 14: Follow the prompts to roll back the driver and Check to see whether the issue is resolved or not.
If the issue still exists then try by any other method from the list.
Method 2: Power Cycle Your Router or Modem
Another method by which you can fix this issue is by switching off and switching on your router for some time. Follow the steps given below and try to connect again:
Step 1: Turn off your router by pressing the power button of the router and wait for about 20 minutes.
Step 2: Turn on the router.
Step 3: Search for your network in the Wi-Fi connection search list.
Step 4: Once you find your network, try connecting to it again. This will establish a new connection to your ISP.
Method 3: Run The Windows Troubleshooter
In this method you can use the network troubleshooter option as follows:
Step 1: Type “Network Troubleshooter” in the search bar present at the left bottom corner of your PC and press enter.
Step 2: Now select the “Troubleshooting” option from the list that appears on the screen and then click on Hardware and sound option.
Step3: After that click on Hardware and devices. Click on “Configure a device” to check whether you have Windows 10 compatible drivers.
Step 4: If not, then from the manufacturer’s site you have to download the network drivers. Save it on the desktop. Open the RUN dialog from the search bar present at the left bottom corner of your desktop.
Step 5: Type “devmgmt.msc” in the Run dialog. Under the Network Adapters section, find your network adapter and right-click on it.
Step 6: Then select Properties and move to the driver tab.
Step 7: Click “Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the uninstallation”. Go to the driver downloaded by you → Select it → Move to the Compatibility.
Step 8: Select “Windows 7” under the checkbox “Run this program in compatibility mode for”
Step 9: Right-click on the downloaded driver file and select “Run as administrator”. Click “OK” when prompted. Finally, restart after installation.
If the problem still persists then you can try another method.
Method 4: Change Network Key (Security/Encryption) From WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK to WPA2-PSK With TKIP/AES for Your Wireless Adapter
One of the reasons for your network connection issue may be that your network connection is using WPA-PSK (or WEP). Follow the steps to confirm this issue:
Step 1: Firstly, open the action center by pressing the Windows + A key.
Step 2: Open Settings and click on Network and Internet option.
Step 3: Then click on the advanced option.
Step 4: Click on Properties. You will be able to see what your network is using against Security type.
Step 5: If your network is using WEP then you can tell your network provider to change it from WEP to WPA-personal and use the TKIP algorithm for encryption purposes so that you will be able to connect to the network.
Step 6: You can also do this by yourself. For that, you have connected the PC through a LAN cable
Step7: Click on the Wireless Security tab on your router to change the WEP to WPA-PSK with TKIP/AES encryption.
Step 8: Click on the Start button, type cmd, and in the command prompt type ipconfig/all.
Step 9: Finally, go through the list of information till you get the default gateway IP.
Method 5: Forgetting Network
Sometimes, the wrong configuration of the computer is responsible for this issue. So in this method, we will see the steps to forget the network and then again reconnect to the network in order to fix the issue.
Step 1: At the bottom of the right corner of your desktop, right-click on the Wi-FI icon and click on the “Open Network and Internet Settings” option.
Step 2: Then select the Wi-Fi button on the left side and click on the “Manage Known Networks” option and click on the Wi-Fi network.
Step3: At last click on Forget button and then again try to connect to your internet.
Method 6: Network Reset
Sometimes the issue is faced when there is some bugs in the network setting of Windows 10. So, you can reset your network configurations by following the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Firstly, open settings from the search bar present at the left bottom corner of the desktop.
Step 2: Then open “Network and Internet” and select the “Network Reset” option.
Step 3: Click the Reset Now button and wait for it to rest.
In this article, some of the methods have been given so that you can fix the issue of “Can’t connect to this network of Windows 10” by yourself. It’s not that hard to find out about the network that you are using but the problem comes there are many different ways to fix the issue and you have to select the right method and you are not much familiar with this new technology. This article is written to guide such users so that they can solve their issues.