- Driver disconnected when pairing WiFi connection error can occur after Windows update.
- Outdated components are common reasons why the controller disconnects from the network.
- Windows has a Network Troubleshooter which is useful to start troubleshooting the disconnected driver while the error is attached.
- The repair network is offline for driver issues in Windows 10. You may need to run in safe mode.
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If your laptop is unable to connect to your WiFi router and you have tried to get a status report using the netsh wlan show wlanreport command, it is possible that the drive has been disconnected due to map error.
The above error can occur for several reasons. For some users, the error was triggered after updating their Windows 10 laptop to a newer version.
Fortunately, the error can be fixed by doing some troubleshooting tips listed in the article below.
How can I fix the driver disconnected while associating error?
1. Run Network Troubleshooter
- Click Start and select Settings.
- Go to Network & Internet.
- Click Status.
- Scroll down to change your network settings.
- Click Network Troubleshooter.
- The Windows Network Troubleshooter starts the scan.
- Follow the on-screen instructions and apply the recommended fixes.
The Windows Network Troubleshooter fixes minor Wi-Fi adapter issues. If the problem persists, follow the next set of steps below.
2. Update network drivers
Update drivers manually
- Press Windows key + R.
- Type dvmgmt.msc and click OK.
- In Device Manager, expand the Network adapters category.
- Right-click on the wireless network adapter.
- Select Update driver.
- Select Search automatically for updated driver software.
- Wait for Windows to download and install a newer version of the network drivers.
After installation, restart your computer. If the problem persists, try resetting the network adapter.
Alternatively, in the fourth step above, you can choose to uninstall the network driver and reboot your PC. Windows will automatically install the network adapter driver upon reboot. Check if the error is resolved later.
Update drivers automatically
Another feasible and time-saving solution would be to use a third-party software that finds the most suitable drivers for your PC and installs them in just a few clicks.
This tool keeps your Windows operating system in top condition and aims to help your device run at peak performance.
Some of the most common Windows errors and crashes are the result of old or incompatible drivers. Lack of an up-to-date system can lead to slowdowns, system errors, or even BSoD.
To avoid such problems, you can use an automatic utility that will find, download and install the correct version of the driver on your Windows PC in just a few clicks, and we highly recommend DriverFix. Here’s how to do it:
- Download and install DriverFix.
- Launch the application.
- Wait for DriverFix to detect all your faulty drivers.
- The software will now show you all the drivers that have problems, and you just need to select the drivers that you want to fix.
- Wait for DriverFix to download and install the latest drivers.
- Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
3. Disable your antivirus
- Expand the system tray.
- Right click on your antivirus icon and select Temporarily Disable/Disable.
- After power off, try to connect to the network again.
Your antivirus software can cause network adapter issues leading to connectivity issues. Also check the Startup apps tab and disable unwanted apps in the process.
Disable startup apps
- Right click on the taskbar.
- Select Task Manager.
- Open the Home tab.
- Select all startup applications that are enabled.
- Click Deactivate.
- Do this for all apps on the Home tab.
Restart your computer and check if the connection problem is resolved. Otherwise, restart the system in safe mode to fix the problem.
4. Start in Safe Mode with Networking
- Click Start and select Settings.
- Open the Recovery tab.
- Scroll down to the Advanced Startup section.
- Click Restart Now.
- Select Troubleshoot.
6. Click Advanced options.
7. Click Startup Settings.
8. Select Restart.
9. Then press 7 or the corresponding number to select Enable Safe Mode with Networking.
10. The system will reboot into safe mode with the network enabled.
11. Try connecting to your Wi-Fi network to see if the problem is resolved.
If you can connect to the network in safe mode, then the error is most likely caused by third party software installed on your system.
- Press Windows key + R.
- Type appwiz.cpl and click OK to open the Control Panel.
- Select the most recently installed application and click Uninstall.
5. Check for Windows updates
- Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Go to Update and security.
- Check for pending Windows 10 updates.
- Download and install any pending updates.
6. Reset Winsock
- Press the Windows key.
- Type cmd, right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
- In the Command Prompt window, type the following command one by one and press Enter after each of them:
netsh winsock reboot
- ip netsh int restart
- ipconfig / release
- ipconfig / refresh
- ipconfig /flushdns
4. Close Command Prompt and check for improvements.
Windows 10 ships with critical driver updates from the manufacturer. Keeping your Windows 10 PC up to date can solve many compatibility issues.
Driver disconnected when linking WiFi error usually occurs due to your antivirus software or third party software installed on your system. Follow the steps in the article to diagnose and fix the error for good.