3 Effective Ways to Overcome “Can’t connect to this network” Windows 8.1 and 10

As a Windows laptop user, you may have experienced problems with a laptop that can’t connect to a wifi / hotspot / tethering network from a cellphone. This problem sometimes still appears even though we have restarted the laptop, made new tethering and even tethered from another cellphone for example from an Android cellphone to an iPhone cellphone.

Of course this is very annoying when our laptop can’t connect to the internet. Plus, when we look for information on how to solve this problem, the available information even suggests that we reinstall the laptop (reset the laptop). Though the solution is the last solution if all methods can not be done.

Of course it doesn’t make sense, for example when we are working or doing assignments and then when our laptop / pc cannot connect to wifi and we are even advised to reinstall our laptop which is very risky to lose data and takes a long time.

There are several reasons why a laptop cannot connect to wifi, including errors after updating windows or errors after sleeping on the laptop. To help you solve this problem, here Gadgetlogi summarizes how to solve the “Can’t connect to this network” that has been successful, Gadgetlogy tries without the need to reinstall the laptop.

1 By Uninstalling Wifi Driver

This is usually the most effective way to solve the can’t connect to this network problem, namely by uninstalling the wifi driver on our laptop.

Well, even though you uninstall the wifi driver, you don’t need to manually install it again because Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 will install the wifi driver again after you restart your laptop.

1. The first step, please open File Explorer then right click on This PC then select Properties.


2. The next step, click Device Manager in the upper left corner then look for Network Adapters then click the arrow to the left of the text so that the list opens down.

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3. After that select the network adapter that you are using, which is named “Wireless Network Adapter” then right click and select Uninstall device. Don’t worry because Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 will install the drivers again automatically after you restart your laptop.

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4. Check the Delete the driver software for this device then click the Uninstall button.

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5. Wait for the wifi driver uninstall process to complete. After that please restart your laptop.

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2. With Forget Wifi

1. First, click the Windows button in the lower left corner of the screen and then click the settings button above the Power button.

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2. Once the settings open, select Network & Internet and then select Wi-Fi.

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3. In the Wifi section, please click Manage known networks.

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4. The last step, click the name of the wifi that the error can’t connect then click the Forget button. After that close it and try to connect to the wifi again.

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3. With Wifi Driver Update To Windows Default Version

This method is similar to the first method but in this way you don’t need to restart the laptop.
1. The first step, please open File Explorer then right click on This PC then select Properties.

2. The next step, click Device Manager in the upper left corner then look for Network Adapters then click the arrow to the left of the text so that the list opens down.

3. After that select the network adapter that you are using, which is named “Wireless Network Adapter” then right click and select Update driver.

4. When the option appears, please select Browse my computer for this driver software.

5. Then select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

6. In this section check the Show compatible hardware.

7. After that a driver selection will appear, in this section you have to choose a driver with the name Microsoft.

8. Click Next until the installation process is complete and please try your wifi connection again.

Good luck, good luck.

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