Wifi shows “Not Connected” but Internet works on Windows 10 and 11

There are rare cases where your wireless network icon shows that it is not connected to the Internet, but if you open a browser, everything works without problems.

This is an unusual occurrence and usually doesn’t cause much of a problem, but some users have reported that it interferes with certain Windows features.

Join us as we take a closer look at this issue and show you the best ways to fix it once and for all on your Windows 10 and 11 PC.

What can happen if Wi-Fi shows not connected?

This is usually just a minor glitch that won’t affect your browsing experience in any way, so you should be able to surf the web without issue.

However, users have reported that the Windows 10 Store as well as Update will not work correctly, telling you that there is no internet connection. This can be a problem, so it’s important to fix this problem.

What other Wi-Fi related issues have users reported?

  • Laptop connected to Wi-Fi but no Internet access Windows 10 . This is a variation of this problem, and in order to fix it, you need to check your wireless adapter settings.
  • My computer does not connect to the Internet, but others do. If you’re having this problem, the problem might be caused by your network configuration. To resolve this issue, make sure you are using the default DNS.
  • Can’t connect to internet Windows 10 This can be a big problem as you won’t be able to access the internet at all. To fix this issue, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • The wireless network is connected, but there is no Internet access . Several users have reported that they are connected to a wireless network but cannot connect to the Internet. This is a big problem, however, you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.
  • Wireless network not connected, red cross . This is a variation of this problem, and if you encounter this problem, be sure to check your network settings.
  • No internet access on Windows 10, but the internet works . This problem is self-explanatory. You have an Internet connection, but your computer shows otherwise.
  • You are currently not connected to any network . This means that you cannot be connected to the Internet at all. First, check your Ethernet cables.

How to fix “Wi-Fi not connected” message in Windows 10 and 11?

1. Run the network troubleshooter.

  • Right-click the network icon in the lower right corner and select Troubleshoot .
  • The troubleshooter will now launch and scan your PC for problems. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.
  • After the process is complete, check if the problem is still there.

This is a simple solution, but in addition to running the troubleshooter, it is also recommended that you update your drivers. To do this automatically, we suggest using the DriverFix software.

2. Run wsreset.exe

  • Press Windowsthe + key Rand type wsreset.exe .
  • Now click Enteror click OK .
  • Wait a few seconds while wsreset.exe starts.

3. Try using an administrator account

  • Press Windowsthe + key Xand type add user . Select Add, edit or remove other users .
  • Select Add someone else to this PC .
  • Select I don’t have this person’s login details .
  • Now select Add a user without a Microsoft account .
  • Enter your desired username.
  • Select the account you just created and click Change Account Type .
  • Set the account type toAdministrator ” and click ” OK “.
  • Now log out of your current account, switch to a new one and check if the issue is still there.

4. Disable your antivirus

  • Press Windowsthe + key Sand type defender . Select Windows Security from the list of results.
  • Now go to the Virus & Threat Protection section and click on Manage Settings .
  • Disable real-time protection . You can also disable other features.

If you are using third party antivirus software, you will have to use different methods depending on the application you are using.

5. Reset your IP settings

  • Press Windowsthe + key Xand select Windows PowerShell (Admin) .
  • Now run the following commands:
    netsh winsock reset

    netsh int ip reset
    ipconfig/ release
    ipconfig/ renew

6. Delete your wireless network and reconnect to it.

  • Press Windowsthe + key Sand type Wi -Fi. Select Wi-Fi settings from the list of results.
  • Select Manage known networks .
  • Select your network and click Forget .
  • Restart your computer and connect to the same wireless network.

There is a small chance that you will run into problems after using this solution, and if you do, visit our Windows Wi-Fi networking guide to find out how to fix it.

7. Change your power settings

  • Press Windowsthe + key Sand enter the power plan . Select Choose a meal plan from the list of results.
  • Find the meal plan you’re using and click Change plan options next to it.
  • Now click “Change advanced power settings” .
  • Select “Wireless Adapter Settings ” and change ” Power Saving Mode” to “Maximum Performance” .

Few users have reported that they cannot find their meal plans, and if this happens to you, you should visit our guide to missing meal plans for more information.

8. Check your DNS settings

  • Press Windowsthe + key Sand type browse network . Select View Network Connections .
  • Right click on your wireless connection and select ” Properties ” from the menu.
  • When the Properties window opens, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click the Properties button .
  • Select Obtain DNS Server Address Automatically and click OK to save changes.

If you have problems accessing this feature, you should visit our guide on IPv4 properties not working to learn how to properly fix this issue.

9. Restart your router

  • Press the power button on the router to turn it off.
  • Wait 30 seconds and press the Power button again.
  • Wait for your router to reboot. This process may take up to a minute.

After restarting your router, check if the issue is still there. This is an easy solution and several users reported that it worked, so feel free to try it out.

10. Change network adapter settings

  • Press Windowsthe + key Xand select Device Manager from the list.
  • Find your network adapter in the list of devices and double click it to open its properties.
  • When the Properties window opens , click the Advanced tab .
  • In the list of properties, select 801.11 bandwidth and change its value to Auto . Save changes.

How can I fix “Wi-Fi not connected” message in Widnows 11?

Reset network connections

  • Press Windowsthe + key Ito open the Settings app .
  • Go to the Network and Internet section and select Advanced network settings .
  • Now select Network reset .
  • Click Reset Now to confirm.

What causes the “Not Connected” message to appear?

Usually, the “ No Connection ” issue you are having on your wireless network is caused by a recently installed third-party application or antivirus software.

In some cases, the problem can be caused by your network settings or system glitches.

Which is better to use, wireless or wired connection?

If you’re using a desktop PC, a wired connection is almost always better. It is more reliable, faster and withstands all sorts of interference.

However, if you’re using a laptop or simply can’t connect your computer via Ethernet, then a wireless connection would be the best choice due to its convenience.

While this can be a problem, we hope the solutions in this guide have helped you fix your Wi-Fi if it’s showing a ” Not Connected ” message.

If the above solutions didn’t solve your problem, you can always visit our wireless adapter problems guide to learn how to fix the problem properly.

Also, if you need further assistance on this matter, you will need to write to us below in the comments section of the page and we will get back to you.