How to fix Windows 10 no internet on WiFi problem

Are you frustrated by getting “no internet” or “limited access” messages on your Windows 10 machine, while you are actually connected to your home/work/public WiFi point? Are you getting ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED message in Chrome? Try the following steps to possibly fix your problem.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I barely touch Windows OS, unless I have to! So a while ago I had to do some .NET work for a customer in VisualStudio…So I grabbed Windows 10 Education using my university credentials (lucky me!) and Installed it on my old laptop. Everything was fine for about one or two hours after installation…but as soon as Windows updated itself to build version 1511…suddenly my WiFi connection was not working anymore… by not working I mean it was obviously connected to the WiFi point, but its icon had this weird warning icon and it popped up the message “Connected, No Internet”. And the Chrome browser also did not load any webpage, displaying ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED message. My laptop WiFi module is a relatively old one, Intel WiFi Link 5300, I am pretty sure before update to build 1511 it was working fine…

I traced down the problem to the file vwifibus.sys in the windows\system32\drivers folder. But anyways…enough with story time…lets get to the point.

FIX – Step 1

Open up your Device Manager. Then browse to the Network Adapters node and expand it:

Fix windows 10 no internet 01

Go to device manager and open the Network Adapters node

Right click on the WiFi module (it will be likely a different brand/model in your case!) and select Properties. In the new popped up window, click on the Advanced tab:

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Change the options to the recommended ones below

Here we will do the work…we have to change some of the default options in this page. I configured my WiFi module with following options. You have to try the same:

  • 802.11.n Channel Width for band 2.4
    • Auto
  • 802.11.n Channel Width for band 5.2
    • Auto
  • 802.11.n Mode
    • Disabled
  • Fat Channel Intolerant
    • Enabled
  • Preferred Band
    • Set this to 2.4 GHz…unless you are sure that your WiFi us 5.2 GHz!
  • Roaming Aggressiveness
    • Medium-High
  • Transmit Power
    • Highest
  • Wireless Mode
    • 802.11.a/g

Hit OK and I am quite sure you will get access to internet right away! if not, restart your computer and see if it is working or not.

FIX – Step 2

If the step 1 did not fix your problem. It might be that your TCP/IP stack has got corrupted. To reset it, open a command prompt with administration access, and type the following commands

  1. Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog
  2. Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv4 reset c:\reset-4.log
  3. Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ipv6 reset c:\reset-6.log

Restart your computer and hope for the best!

FIX – Step 3

If the step 2 did not help as well, then something is terribly wrong…open the command prompt with admin access again and type in this command: sfc /scannow

It will check for integrity of the Windows files and will fix the problems (hopefully).

FIX – Step 4

If even step 3 did not fix your problem, screw this, install a GNU/Linux operating system and enjoy!

Saeid Yazdani

An Electronics Engineer with passion in Embedded Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, Assembly, Desktop and Mobile Development, Web Development and generally anything that has to do with hardware and software of any kind!

47 Comments:

  1. Step One worked a treat thanks Champion!!

  2. Thank you so much, it worked perfectly the first time. This has been a problem for so long and so many other fixes didn’t do anything. Thank you for saving my sanity.

  3. check in your network settings if your computer has picked up the DNS server ip.
    just yesterday got one working by doing a manual DNS setting
    used 8.8.8.8 (Google)
    solved the problem immediately
    (no idea why that laptop wouldn’t pickup the DNS from my router,
    if someone has an idea on that let me know)

    • Abdulrahman nabil

      Thank you Glen Mast you solved my issue fixing DNS solved my windows 10 connectivity limited problem !!

    • I tried everything on the internet, and then there was you, Glen Mast.

  4. Thanks. Step one worked, youre awesome.

  5. Thank you! I tried several tutorials but your first step works perfectly! Thanks for saving my time. Keep up the good work sir!

  6. Step one worked for me after I spent most of my afternoon trying to figure it out on my own. I did have to restart my computer though. So glad to have it working now. Thank you very much!

  7. Wifi module is not visible in the expanded list of Network Adapter.

  8. Step 4 worked like a charm.

  9. The first worked rly well, made my internet a bit faster, but still kinda slow. Hoping for the best on step 2

  10. David Billen

    Thanks bud! A search on this issue turns up a zillion hits, but this was the only one I found that told about resetting the stack and the only one that solved it.

    A few instructed to uninstall and reinstall the driver which I bet just resets the stack – heh.

    Anyway thanks. BTW – Linux user here too. Just have to use Windows for a couple of things.

  11. Roaming Whovian

    Wow step 1 worked (although a few slight differences)… I had just returned from stopping a dual boot with mint (since Linux seems incompatible with my network card (Realtek )) hadn’t adjusted anything in Windows other than boot (was trying to boot either to my system (win 10) or”Microsoft Windows”empty slot… For some reason me doing that killed my internet…. But the first try worked! Thanks

  12. The second one, thanks!

  13. my wifi still not working .. [ sometimes , it happen so randomly ]
    it’s connected but no connection ,
    my wifi didnt have any problem in my phone , only on my laptop … someone help 🙁

    • If it sometimes works and sometimes does not on your laptop, then I am afraid the problem could be something else and the fixes here would not apply to your problem 🙁

  14. Step 2 was the solution for me. Thank you so much

  15. any chance you could build a step one for a hardwired (non WIFI) ethernet card?

    • If you have problem with LAN connection, it probably has nothing to do with content of this fix guide. It might be your router, or the DNS server of your provider (try to set google free dns servers and see if it helps).

  16. Bill Hodgson

    Spent hours trying to solve this. Tried step 1 and it worked. My adapter didn’t have most of the settings you listed, so it seems to be setting Preferred Band to 2.4 GHz that solved the problem.

    Thank you. Thank you.

  17. Had a different list of options from yours under the advanced properties tab on a Win 10 laptop. Took a leap of faith and changed 40mhz intolerant to enabled and fixed the problem.
    Thankfully just my laptop runs it all our other machines are Debian! Thanks for your post and suggestions.

  18. Akash Francis

    Dude!
    Finally some good advice!!
    I’ve tried all of the bullshit methods on other websites.
    Until I found this.
    Directly tried step 2 and worked like a charm!
    Thnx!

  19. Albert Johnston

    Been working on my wife’s laptop for several days trying to fix this problem before coming across your post. Step 2 worked like a champ. Thanks much!!!!!!

  20. Its not working

  21. M getting same problem on my dongle connection . how to fix it

  22. Data card(idea) …when connected to my laptop …it shows connected for few sec. Thereafter it shows no internet access … Tried all above ….not working

  23. problem was with SIM , sorry for trouble ….thnx

  24. This is exactly what I needed to get my internet restored. Thanks

  25. Thank you! After hours of running anti-malware and changing network and proxy settings, these commands to reset of the TCP/IP stack were the answer!

  26. So sad doesn’t work for me. The problem is that I cannot connet to a particular wifi, where as I can connect to all other wifi. The particular wifi has no problem as it can be connected with other device.
    I would be really greatful if u have any other suggestion.thank you.

  27. Thank you, thank you! I had tried other suggestions to fix this but continued to have the problem. Your fix #2 did it and now I can use my laptop again!

  28. GetsugaTenshou

    Thanks dude.. step 2 fix me 😊

  29. Stephanie Ray

    Can’t thank you enough! My mom did the free upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 (which she now regrets), and could no longer use wifi. After spilling coffee on my third laptop in a row, I needed to get hers working. Step 2 worked for me (loved your piping of the output to a log file) Oh well I wanted an true HD display anyway 🙂

  30. Thank you so much! Tried so many different fixes and your step 2 did the trick!

  31. omg you are a lifesaver. Thanks a lot.

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