Windows is one of the most widely used platforms, yet it doesn’t come without its issues. Connectivity troubles can be particularly common and extremely frustrating. So, how can these issues be rectified?
Below, you’ll discover how to resolve some of the most common windows connectivity issues you may experience.
Fixing issues in Windows 7
If you’re using the older version of the operating system, Windows 7, the method for resolving network issues will differ slightly to Windows 10. You’ll need to run the trouble-shooter, which can be found under the control panel, network and internet tab. Click on Network and Sharing Center, then fix a network problem. This will take you to the easy trouble-shooter.
Usually, the trouble-shooter will identify and show you how to resolve the issue. However, if it doesn’t, you may need to delete the connection and set it up again.
Resolving connectivity in later Windows editions
Most users now have either Windows 10 or Windows 8.1. Fixing connectivity issues on the later versions of windows isn’t always as straightforward as it should be. With each update, new issues can also seem to appear.
The April 2018 update of Windows 10 for example, saw issues with connectivity and even identifying available networks in the first place. The leading cause for this appeared to be a faulty network adaptor. So, if you are experiencing problems with connectivity, it’s worth heading over to the device manager to see if there’s a problem with the network adaptor. If there is, try uninstalling it and then restarting your computer. If this doesn’t help, it could actually be a problem with your VPN if you have one installed. So, uninstall the VPN, restart and you should find it works again.
Other simple fixes you might want to try first, include turning the router on and off, and checking for any damage to the network cables. It could be that you need a new cable from a company such as RS Components.
On other occasions, Windows 10 will not connect to your wi-fi and you get the message that it cannot connect to this network, the most likely cause could be your network adapter. The easiest way to fix this is to uninstall the network adapter driver and then wait for Windows to install it automatically. You can do this in Device Manager, then right click on the Network Adapters tab, and then click Uninstall Device. Restarting the computer after the uninstall prompts Windows to reinstall the driver. If this does not help, another step that you can take is to either update or roll back the driver. Again, this is done from Device Manager and right clicking on Network Adapters, followed by a click on Properties and then Driver tab. Here you can select either Update Driver or Roll Back Driver.
Once you manage to set-up the wi-fi connection you might encounter the annoying problem that Windows keeps it dropping the connection without letting you know. If you have ascertained that the there is no hardware issue, but the connection still keeps getting dropped, then you power adapter settings might have been switched to turn off in order to save power. This is another issue that you can fix in Device Manager by right clicking Network Adapters, Properties and clicking on the Power Management tab. There you will see the box “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” which you should uncheck.
Overall, there are many reasons you may experience connectivity issues in Windows. Did you know it could also be down to using a wireless rather than a wired connection? Wired cable connections tend to result in fewer network errors and they also perform much faster and more securely than a wireless connection too. So, if you’re currently using wireless, it may be worth switching to a wired connection if problems persist.