Wi-Fi is disconnected in Windows 10

Updated: September 28, 2023
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Wi-Fi is disconnected in Windows 10
by Oliver Maslou
Tech Expert & Writer
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If Wi-Fi does not work after installing, reinstalling, or upgrading to Windows 10, it's not stable. And there are often times when the Wi-Fi connection in Windows 10 simply disconnects. For example, when the Wi-Fi connection lasts for a few minutes and just drops out. Or you lose the connection at the moment of loading an online game, torrenting, watching videos, etc.

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This article will focus on the problem of unstable Wi-Fi networking in Windows 10 when the connection keeps breaking, and you have to reconnect your laptop to the wireless Wi-Fi network. Take into account that if you observe an unstable Wi-Fi connection on all devices, the problem is most likely in the router.

As for Windows 10, there are plenty of problems with Wi-Fi. And as a rule, all of them are caused by a lack of drivers. More precisely, stable and working drivers. If the problem lies in lacking access to the Internet, when the error "Connection is limited” pops up, then in this case, then it is obvious how to solve it.

But when the Internet after connection works for a few minutes and periodically breaks the connection via Wi-Fi, or laptops are disconnected from the Wi-Fi network, or the status of "No access to the Internet" is shown, then it is much harder. In this case, it is not clear what is causing it, not to mention the solutions.

Changing network properties and adapter settings


In the properties of your network, you need to put a checkmark next to "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting its name (SSID)". It was this setting that helped solve the problem of dropped Internet connections. In order to do this follow these steps:

  1. Go to the "Network and Sharing Center".
  2. Next, click on your Wi-Fi network.
  3. In the new window, click on "Wireless Network Properties". Check the box next to "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting its name (SSID)", and click "Ok".
  4. After these steps, restart your laptop. The wireless network will probably be stable and the Wi-Fi connection will not be disconnected.

If the problem persists, you can try updating, reinstalling, rolling back, or uninstalling the Wi-Fi adapter driver.

  1. You need to disable the Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter (Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct) and/or Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter (if available) in Device Manager. These adapters are needed to distribute Wi-Fi from your computer. If you do not use this feature, you can disable them.
  2. After disconnecting, you need to restart the computer.

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Additional steps you can try to resolve Wi-Fi connectivity issues

  • Reset the TCP/IP stack: Open Command Prompt as an administrator and type the following commands one by one, pressing Enter after each command:

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset

After executing these commands, restart your computer and check if the Wi-Fi connection stabilizes.

  • Update your router's firmware: Visit the manufacturer's website for your router model and check if there is a firmware update available. Updating the router's firmware can often address compatibility issues and improve overall Wi-Fi performance.
  • Disable Power Saving mode for your Wi-Fi adapter: Open Device Manager, expand the Network adapters section, right-click on your Wi-Fi adapter, and select Properties. Go to the Power Management tab and uncheck the option "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". Click OK and restart your computer.
  • Temporarily disable antivirus and firewall: Sometimes, security software can interfere with the Wi-Fi connection. Temporarily disabling your antivirus and firewall programs (after ensuring you are connected to a secure network) can help identify if they are causing the issue.
  • Perform a system restore: If the Wi-Fi connection was stable in the past but started experiencing issues recently, performing a system restore to a point before the problem occurred may help resolve it. System Restore allows you to revert your computer's settings to a previous state.


Why does my Wi-Fi keep disconnecting in Windows 10?

There can be various reasons why Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting in Windows 10, including driver issues, network settings, interference, or problems with the router. It is recommended to check the network properties, update Wi-Fi drivers, and ensure that there are no sources of interference near your Wi-Fi router.

I have tried all the solutions, but my Wi-Fi still disconnects. What else can I do?

If none of the solutions mentioned in the article worked for you, you can try some additional troubleshooting steps. Resetting the TCP/IP stack, updating your router's firmware, a disabling power-saving mode for your Wi-Fi adapter, temporarily disabling antivirus and firewall, or performing a system restore may help resolve the issue.

Can outdated firmware on my router cause Wi-Fi disconnections in Windows 10?

Yes, outdated firmware on your router can potentially cause Wi-Fi disconnections in Windows 10. It is advisable to check the manufacturer's website for firmware updates for your router model and apply them if available. Updating the router's firmware can often address compatibility issues and improve overall Wi-Fi performance.

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