• Networking is an important part of any PC and not being able to access the internet can be a major problem.
  • Many Windows 10 users have reported that the USB Wi-Fi adapter is not recognized.
  • Refer to the Network Hub on our website for more information on how to troubleshoot network issues.
  • Check out our Fixes section for complete technical troubleshooting guides.

USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

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The benefits of Wi-Fi over the LAN are obvious.

If you need Wi-Fi connectivity but don’t want cables, the USB Wi-Fi adapter seems like the best solution for you.

However, many users have struggled with it, especially the non-proprietary ones. That is, it seems that Windows 10 cannot recognize some of them.

To do this, we have prepared a list of possible solutions to solve this problem and make your Wi-Fi adapter discoverable for Windows 10.

Please make sure to follow the detailed steps one by one so that we can solve it together.

What can I do if the USB Wi-Fi adapter is not recognized?

1. Install proper drivers

  1. Right click on Start and open Device Manager.
  2. Go to Network adapters.
  3. Right click on the USB Wi-Fi adapter and open Properties.
  4. Choose the Details tab.

USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

5. Select Hardware ID.
6. Copy the first line and paste it into your browser.
7. Find the official drivers in the results. Download and install them.
8. Make sure to download and install only official drivers from trusted sources.
9. Restart your PC and check for changes.

Most current USB Wi-Fi adapters come with the Windows 10 Compatible Driver Support Disc.

It is not known whether the automatically installed drivers will suffice, so installing the OEM provided drivers is paramount.

If you are missing the installation disc, you can find the drivers online. All you need to do is locate them manually.

USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

Keep in mind that updating your drivers is an advanced procedure. If you are not careful, you can cause permanent damage to your system by manually downloading the wrong driver versions.

Since updating drivers manually can be a lengthy process, we recommend the Driverfix utility that automatically updates all of your drivers.

Once installed, this amazing tool will compare the versions of your installed drivers with the cloud database of the latest versions and download the updates automatically.


2. Update driver through the system

USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

  1. Right click on the Start button and open Device Manager.
  2. Go to Network adapters.
  3. Right click on your external USB Wi-Fi adapter and update the driver.

3. Try an alternative USB port

USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

After thousands of connection and disconnection cycles, your USB ports must suffer. With a long usage time it is very likely that one of the available ports will not work properly.

So be sure to test multiple ports before ruling out hardware as a possible cause of problems. USB ports are prone to interference so this is a common problem.

Fortunately, every PC has multiple USB ports, so you have at least one option. If you have the right tools, you can verify the power failure.


4. Check Power settings

  1. Right click on the battery icon and open Power Options.
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USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

Choose the Change advanced power settings option.

USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

2. Expand USB Settings and go to USB Selective Suspend Settings.
3. Disable this option for battery-powered and plug-in alternatives.
4. Save the changes and restart your PC.

Much of your PC’s power consumption goes to the USB ports and special devices you have plugged in.

To reduce power consumption, Windows has some hidden power-related options that tend to suspend USB to save battery life.


5. Disable the turn off this device to save power option

USB Wi-Fi Adapter Not Detected In Windows 10

  1. Right click on the Start button and open Device Manager.
  2. Navigate to Universal Serial Bus controllers and expand the section.
  3. Right click on each individual USB root hub and open Properties.
  4. Click the Power Management tab.
  5. Clear the Allow computer to turn off this device to save power check box and confirm the changes.
  6. You need to do this for each USB hub respectively.
  7. Restart your PC.

This is a cross between driver and power settings. That is, each USB hub has its own specific power configuration. The idea is to disable certain USB to save power.

However, this may adversely affect USB-connected devices, which may affect the performance of the Wi-Fi adapter. Therefore, make sure to disable this option for all USB root hubs.

If you find a solution for USB Wi-Fi adapter issues in Windows 10, let us know in the comments below. We will be grateful for your valuable knowledge on this subject.

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