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Many of us use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, but sometimes Wi-Fi issues can occur.
According to users, Windows 10 Wi-Fi does not connect automatically and today we will show you how to fix that problem.
How can I fix a Wi-Fi that doesn’t connect automatically?
1. Reinstall your Wi-Fi driver
- Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu and choose Device Manager from the list.
2. Once the Device Manager is launched, you need to locate your Wi-Fi device.
3. Right-click on the Wi-Fi device and select Uninstall device from the menu.
4. Now the confirmation message appears.
5. Click Uninstall to continue
6. Then click the Scan for hardware changes icon.
7. Windows will now scan your system and install the missing drivers.
According to users, you may be able to temporarily fix this problem by reinstalling your Wi-Fi driver. Once your driver is installed, the wifi issue should be completely resolved.
Few users claim that this is just a solution so if the problem occurs again, you may want to download and install the latest driver for your Wi-Fi adapter.
Update drivers automatically
After uninstalling the drivers, you can search for them on the manufacturer’s website. It is very important to choose the correct versions of the driver.
However, if you don’t want to risk installing an older version or the wrong driver, you can also use a third-party disk updater to do the job for you.
For example, DriverFix is much easier to use than going through all the steps described above, and you always know you have the latest drivers installed as well.
How to use DriverFix:
- Download and install DriverFix
- Launch DriverFix and let it run a scan of your PC
- This process detects outdated, broken or missing drivers
- When the scan results appear, select the drivers you want to repair
- Wait for DriverFix to download and install the drivers automatically
6. Perform a system restart to apply the changes.
2. Change Group Policy settings
To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
- Press Windows Key + R and enter gpedit.msc.
- Press Enter or click OK.
3. In the left pane, go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Internet Communications Manager > Internet Communications Settings.
4. In the right pane, find Windows Network Connection Status Indicator Disable Active Tests and double click on it to open its properties.
5. Select Not Configured from the menu and click Apply and OK to save the changes.
Group Policy is a useful feature that allows you to make system-wide changes to your PC. According to users, you may be able to fix this problem easily by making some changes using the Group Policy Editor.
We should mention that this feature is only available in Professional and Enterprise versions of Windows, so if you are using any other version, this feature may not be available.
This policy is set to Not configured by default, but for some reason it may be enabled on your PC, so we recommend that you check your Group Policy settings.
Most Windows 10 users have no idea how to edit Group Policy. Learn how to do this by reading this simple article.
3. Remove all saved Wi-Fi networks
- Open the Settings app. You can do it quickly by pressing Windows key + I.
- Once the Settings app has been opened, navigate to the Network & Internet section.
3. In the left pane, navigate to the Wi-Fi category. Now find Manage Wi-Fi Settings in the right pane and click on it.
4. Find Manage Known Networks and click on it.
5. You should now see a list of all the networks you have connected to in the past. To forget a network, select it and click Forget. Now repeat these steps for all the networks in the list.
If Windows cannot automatically connect to a Wi-Fi network, you may be able to solve the problem by deleting all saved Wi-Fi networks.
You can also forget about all saved networks via Command Prompt. This is a bit of an advanced solution as you have to use a command line so if you are a basic user you may want to skip this one.
To delete saved Wi-Fi networks using Command Prompt, you need to do the following:
- Press Windows Key + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu.
- If Command Prompt is not available in the list, you can choose PowerShell (Admin) instead.
- When the command prompt opens, enter this line and press ENTER to run the command:
netsh wlan show profiles
- After you’ve done that, you’ll see the list of all saved Wi-Fi networks.
- To delete a saved Wi-Fi network, enter this line and press Enter to run the command:
netsh wlan delete profile name = “Wi-Fi network name”
This method is a bit advanced, but it can be faster to use if you are familiar with the Command Prompt. Both methods in this solution have the same results, so feel free to use either one.
Once you have deleted all saved networks, all you need to do is connect to your network and enter your password and the problem should be solved.
Some users claim that you should just remove your own Wi-Fi network from the saved networks list, so try that first.
4. Use PROSet software
Several users reported that using the PROSet software solved the problem for them. For whatever reason, there was a one minute delay on your PC before the computer could automatically connect to a Wi-Fi network.
However, after installing the PROSet software, the problem was completely resolved.
According to users, they were using a Cisco wireless router, so that may also be part of the problem. Even if you are not using the Cisco network device, you can try this software.
If you have a Wi-Fi exclamation mark in Windows 10, check out this dedicated guide to help you fix the problem.
5. Modify your registry
- Press Windows key + R and enter regedit.
- Click OK or press Enter.
3. Optional: Modifying the registry can cause problems with your PC if you’re not careful, so it’s always a good idea to have a backup in case something goes wrong.
To do this, click File > Export.
4. Set the export range to All and enter the desired file name.
5. Choose a safe location and click the Save button.
6. You now have a backup copy of your registry at hand. If a problem occurs after modifying your registry, you should be able to fix it simply by running this file.
7. Navigate to this key in the left pane:
8. Expand the WcmSvc key and locate the GroupPolicy key.
- If this key is not available, you must create it manually.
- To do that, right-click on WcmSvc and choose New > Key from the menu.
- Now enter GroupPolicy as the name of the new key.
9. Navigate to the GroupPolicy key and in the right pane click on the empty space and choose New > DWORD Value (32-bit).
10. Enter fMinimizeConnections as the name of the new DWORD.
11. After that, close the Registry Editor and restart your PC.
Your registry contains sensitive information and by changing it you can change hidden Windows settings.
Several users claim that they solved the problem simply by making some minor changes to their registry.
Once your PC has rebooted, the problem should be resolved and your PC will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network. If a problem occurs, you can simply delete the GroupPolicy key you created to resolve the issue.
If you are unable to edit the Windows 10 registry, read this helpful guide and find the fastest solutions to the problem.
6. Turn off Fast Startup feature
- Press Windows Key + S and go to Control Panel. Now choose Control Panel from the menu.
- You can also open the Start menu and search for Control Panel.
3. When Control Panel opens, navigate to Power Options.
4. When the Power Options window opens, click on the Choose what the power button does option in the menu on the left.
5. Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
6. Uncheck the Enable Fast Startup (recommended) option and click Save Changes.
Windows 10 has a handy feature called Quick Start. This feature is enabled by default and saves your data when you turn off your PC.
As a result, your PC will boot faster the next time you turn it on. This is a useful feature, but it can sometimes cause certain problems.
Users reported that Fast Startup is the cause of this problem.
After you disable this option, your PC may start up a little slower, but your Wi-Fi issues should be resolved.
Can’t open Control Panel? Check out this step-by-step guide to find a solution.
7. Install the latest drivers manually
- Download and install the latest drivers for your wireless adapter.
If possible, try to download the drivers without additional wireless installation software.
- Launch Device Manager and locate your wireless device.
- Right click on the wireless device and select Update driver.
4. Choose Browse my computer for driver software
5. Now click Let me pick from a list of drivers available on my computer.
6. You should see several available drivers. Select the manufacturer’s driver for your wireless adapter and click Next.
These types of problems are usually caused by your drivers, but in most cases, you can easily fix them by updating your drivers to the latest version.
After installing the driver manually, the problem should be resolved and you should be able to connect to the wireless network without any problems.
8. Replace your wireless adapter
f Windows 10 cannot connect to the Wi-Fi network automatically, you can try replacing your wireless adapter. Some wireless adapters are not fully compatible with Windows 10, and that may be the case with your adapter.
If this is the case then you should replace your wireless adapter with a different model and check if that solves the problem. This is a drastic solution and you should only use it if other solutions in this article fail to solve your problem.
Most wireless adapters are fully compatible with Windows 10, but if you are using an unknown brand, you may experience this problem on your PC.
If you are having problems with a wireless adapter or access point in Windows 10, check out this great guide to fix them.
9. Remove files from Wlansvc directory
- Press Windows key + R and enter services.msc. Press Enter or click OK.
2. The list of all available services appears. Locate the WLAN AutoConfig service, right click and select Stop from the menu.
3. After the service has stopped, minimize the Services window.
4. Open File Explorer and navigate to this folder:
- If you can’t find this folder, make sure to reveal hidden files and folders.
- To do that, click on the View tab and check the Hidden items option
5. After entering the Wlansvc folder, delete all files and folders except the Profiles folder.
6. Now navigate to the Profiles folder. Delete all files and folders except the Interfaces folder.
7. Open the Interfaces folder and delete all files and folders from it.
8. Now go back to the Services window, locate the WLAN AutoConfig service, right click and choose Start from the menu.
9. Connect to your wireless network one more time. Make sure to check the option to automatically connect to the selected network.
This problem can sometimes be caused by files in the Wlansvc directory.
To solve the problem, you need to disable the WLAN autoconfiguration service and delete the problem files.
After doing that, all you need to do is restart your computer and check if that fixes the problem.
Few users also suggest going back to this folder and finding the newly created .xml file in one of the folders:
This .xml represents your network connection and to fix the problem you need to right click on this file and choose Properties from the menu.
Now go to the General tab and check the Read-only option in the Attributes section. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
According to users, it seems that Windows was modifying the .xml file that caused this issue. Putting the file in read-only mode solved the problem completely.
10. Change the security permissions
- Go to the C:\ProgramData\MicrosoftWlansvc folder.
- Locate the Profiles folder and right click on it.
- Choose Properties from the menu.
4. Go to the Security tab and verify that the Administrators group is available in the Group or Usernames section.
- If not, click the Advanced button.
- If the admin group is available, go to step 7
5. Now click on the Add button
6. Click Select a director.
7. In the field Enter the names of the objects to select, enter Administrators and click Check Names.
- If everything is OK, click OK.
8.Check the Full Control option and click OK to save the changes.
9. Select Admins and click Edit.
10.Select Administrators and make sure Full Control is checked in the Allow column.
11. Now click Apply and OK to save the changes.
12. Go to the Network and Sharing Center and try adding your wireless connection.
As we mentioned, your Profiles folder can sometimes cause problems with Wi-Fi.
After this, the problem should be solved and you should be able to connect to your wireless network without any problem.
11. Change the properties of your wireless connection
If Windows 10 Wi-Fi does not connect automatically, you may be able to solve the problem by changing the properties of your wireless connection.
This is relatively easy and you can do it by following these steps:
- Click the Internet access icon on your taskbar.
- A list of all wireless connections appears.
- Right click on your connection and choose Properties from the menu.
- When the Properties window opens, go to the Connections tab.
- Now check the Automatically connect when this network is in range option and save the changes.
After enabling this option, the issue should be resolved and you should be able to use your wireless connection without any issues.
12. Create a new wireless network connection
- Open the Control Panel and choose Network and Sharing Center.
2. When the Network and Sharing Center opens, click Set up a new connection or network.
3. Choose the option Connect to a wireless network manually and click Next.
4. Enter the network name and required settings. Also make sure to start this connection automatically and check Connect even if the network does not have broadcasting options.
5.Now click Next and follow the instructions to complete the process.
According to users, you may be able to fix this problem simply by establishing a new wireless network connection. Before you do that, you may need to delete your wireless connection.
After you’ve done that, you’ll have a new connection ready and Windows will connect to it automatically.
If the Wi-Fi icon is missing in Windows 10, you can get it back by following this simple guide.
13. Remove any third-party wireless software
- Open Device Manager, locate your wireless adapter, right click and select Update Driver Software from the menu.
- Select Browse my computer for driver software.
- Click the Browse button and search for the wireless drivers on your PC.
- These are usually on a CD that you received with your wireless adapter.
- If you downloaded the drivers online, check your download folder.
4. After selecting the driver folder, check the Include subfolders option and click Next.
5. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Many wireless adapters come with their own software that can help you set up your wireless network. To resolve this issue, you must uninstall any wireless configuration software that came with your wireless adapter.
Please note that uninstalling this software may also remove the drivers for your wireless adapter.
To fix the problem, you need to reinstall the drivers, but make sure not to install any wireless setup software. The easiest way to do this is to install the drivers manually.
In some cases, Windows will ask you if you want to use Windows or third-party software to control the wireless device. If that happens, make sure you choose Windows.
Users reported that sometimes third-party wireless operating software can start automatically with Windows, causing this issue.
To fix the problem, you need to manage your startup items and prevent the software from starting automatically with Windows.
Users reported problems with Netgear software but the problem can also occur with third party software.
14. Set WLAN AutoConfig service to Automatic
- Open the Services window.
We already showed you how to do this in Solution 9, so be sure to check it out for detailed instructions.
- When the Services window opens, locate the WLAN AutoConfig service and double click on it to open its properties.
- Set the Startup type to Automatic.
4. Go to the Dependencies tab and check the list of services that depend on WLAN AutoConfig.
5. Make a note of these services as you will need them for the next step. Click OK and Apply to save the changes.
6. Now find all dependent services from the previous step and make sure their startup type is set to Automatic.
According to users, the problem can occur if the WLAN Auto Configuration service is not set to Automatic. After making the necessary changes in the Services window, the problem should be completely resolved.
15. Perform DISM and SFC scan
- Open the command prompt as an administrator.
- When the command prompt opens, enter sfc /scannow and press Enter to run it.
- Now the SFC scan will start. The scan may take some time, so do not interrupt it.
File corruption can happen on any PC and sometimes you may experience this problem if your system files are corrupted.
According to users, you may be able to fix this problem with an SFC scan.
If the SFC scan can’t fix the problem or if you can’t run it at all, you can use the DISM scan instead. To do that, launch Command Prompt as administrator and enter the following:
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
After the DISM scan is completed, you should be able to run the SFC scan without any problems.
16. Change your device’s power settings
- Launch Device Manager.
- Find your wireless adapter in the list, right click and select Properties from the menu.
- When the Properties window opens, go to the Power Options section.
- Now find the option Let the computer turn off this device to save power and check it.
- Click OK to save the changes.
Several users reported that Windows 10 Wi-Fi does not connect automatically after waking their PC from sleep. According to users, the problem seems to be due to your device’s power settings.
After you enable this option, your computer will always disable your wireless adapter when your computer enters sleep or hibernation mode.
Users reported that this solution fixes this problem by waking your PC from sleep mode, but feel free to try it even if you are not using the sleep mode feature on your PC.
Several users have reported that this option is automatically disabled after installing a new version of Windows, so if you install important updates, you should re-enable this feature.
We should also mention that few users claim that turning off the Allow computer this device to save power option has solved the problem for them, so be sure to give it a try.
17. Change your router settings
According to users, this issue can occur if you use Ethernet and Wi-Fi connection on your PC. Sometimes your PC prefers Ethernet over its Wi-Fi connection which causes the problem.
It seems that this problem is caused by your router settings and to fix that problem you need to do the following:
- Log in to your router. To see how to do this, we recommend that you consult your router’s manual.
- Now click on Advanced and click on Yes to confirm.
- Locate the IGMP proxy feature and choose Disable.
- Click Apply to save the changes.
After disabling this feature, the issue should be resolved and your PC will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network without any issues.
Keep in mind that all routers are different, so you may need to follow slightly different steps to disable this feature. For detailed instructions on how to disable this feature, we recommend that you refer to your manual.
18. Minimize the number of simultaneous connections
- Open Group Policy Editor. We showed you how to do this in Solution 1, so check it out for detailed instructions.
- When the Group Policy Editor opens, in the left pane navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Network > Windows Connection Manager.
- In the right pane, find Minimize the number of simultaneous connections to the Internet or a Windows domain and double-click it.
4. Select Disabled and click Apply and OK to save the changes.
5. After that, close the Group Policy Editor.
According to users, you may be able to fix this problem easily by making some changes in the Group Policy Editor. To solve the problem, you just need to find and disable the policy Minimize the number of simultaneous connections.
This setting prevents multiple Internet connections, so if you’re already connected to the Internet using an Ethernet connection, your PC won’t automatically connect to the Wi-Fi network.
After you disable this setting, your Wi-Fi connection issue should be completely resolved.
19. Change your router’s security
This is only a solution, so it may not be the best permanent solution. It is not recommended to change the security of your router as some security standards are less secure than others.
Using this method reduces the security of your wireless network, so keep this in mind.
Several users claim that the issue occurs when using WPA 2 security to protect the wireless network. According to users, changing the wireless security from WPA or WPA 2 to WEP solved the problem for them.
We must warn you that the WEP security standard is outdated, so it is always better to use the WPA 2 standard.
Almost all wireless devices are fully compliant with the WPA 2 standard and if your device is having problems, you may need to check the settings or update the drivers.
To switch to WEP security, log in to your router and select WEP security in the Wireless section. For further instructions on how to do this, we recommend that you refer to your router’s manual.
Again, we should mention that WEP security is outdated, and if you are going to use it, use it only as a workaround.
As you can see, this can be an annoying problem but we hope you can fix it with one of our solutions.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below and we’ll be sure to review them.