How do I roll back the Wi-Fi adapter driver in Windows 10?

Updated: January 6, 2023
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A lot of Windows 10 users have faced the problem of unstable Wi-Fi connection. After installing or updating to Windows 10, some of them have no Wi-Fi adapter at all in the system, and it is impossible to connect to the wireless network. And if there is a wireless connection, it doesn’t always work the way you want it to. The laptop either doesn’t connect to Wi-Fi networks or connects for a while, and with errors. Also, after installing the new updates in Windows 10, many have problems with setting the Wi-Fi access point on the laptop.

Almost always, the problems described above occur because the Wi-Fi adapter driver does not work properly. It is either not suitable for Windows 10, or if it is, it is unstable. Therefore, if there are problems with the wireless connection, my main advice is always to try to update the wireless adapter driver. But the problem is that not all manufacturers have released new drivers for Windows 10 yet. And for some models of laptops, these drivers no longer exist. 

Therefore, if the update (reinstallation) does not help, you can try to remove the adapter from the system (it will be reinstalled) or replace the driver from the list of drivers already installed. 

And in this article, another way of reviving your laptop’s wireless adapter is described. This is to roll back the driver. The only condition is that the driver must be installed. This method will help you if you have any problems with the connection to wireless networks, errors in the Internet connection, or when giving out Wi-Fi from your laptop.

Rolling back the Wireless adapter driver

These are the step to restore the old driver version:

  1. First, we need to start the Device Manager. Do this in a way that is convenient for you. You can just open a search bar and write “Device Manager” in the search results and select the necessary item.
  2. Next, open the “Wireless Adapters” tab, look for our Wi-Fi adapter there, right-click on it and select “Properties“. The name of the wireless adapter will most likely include the words “Wireless”, “WLAN”, “Intel”, “Broadcom”, “Qualcomm”. 
  3. Then go to the “Driver” tab, and click on the “Rollback Driver” button.
  4. Choose one of the reasons to revert to the old version of the driver, and click “Yes“.
  5. The system will think for a while, the information in Device Manager will be updated, and the driver will be restored. Reboot your computer, and check that the wireless connection is working. 

If you have not been able to solve the problem, ask our Howly experts. Our professional technicians will help you to fix any issues related to adapter drivers and more. 

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