How to Fix ‘Unidentified Network’ Error on Windows 10

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Written By Larious

Larious is the Executive Editor of LowkeyTech. He is a tech enthusiast and a content writer. 





Last Updated on June 12, 2021 by Larious

Microsoft’s Windows 10 offers you different options to connect to the internet. Depending on your hardware, you can connect to the internet via WiFi, Ethernet, or BlueTooth. In addition, most Windows 10 laptops now come with a built-in WiFi adapter that automatically scans and connects to the WiFi network.

While connecting to the internet via WiFi, users often face issues like ‘Unidentified Network,’ ‘The adapter doesn’t have a valid IP configuration,’ etc. So, if you are also dealing with such problems while connecting to a WiFi network, you are reading the right guide.

This article will share a few best methods to fix ‘Unidentified Network in Windows 10’. But, first, let’s know what the error means.

What is ‘Unidentified Network’ in Windows 10?

Many users have claimed that they are getting a warning over the Windows 10 internet connection icon proclaiming that the adapter has ‘No Internet Access.

Even if the WiFi network is connected, it shows ‘Connected, but no internet access. This happens due to various reasons like IP configuration error, a proxy error, outdated Wifi adapter, hardware fault, DNS errors, etc.

Whatever might be the reason, the ‘Connected to WiFi, but no internet access can be easily fixed. Since there’s no universal fix, we need to implement each of the methods. So, let’s check out the methods.

6 Methods to Fix Unidentified Network Problem on Windows 10

Below, we have shared few best methods to fix Unidentified network error on Windows 10 computer. Please implement each of the methods in serial order.

1. Turn off the Airplane Mode

Turn off the Airplane Mode

If you are using Windows 10 laptop, then it might have an Airplane Mode. The Airplane mode of Windows 10 functions like Android’s Airplane mode.

When Airplane mode is enabled, all network connections, including the WiFi network, are disabled. So, in the very first step, you need to ensure that the Airplane mode is disabled on your system.

To disable Airplane mode, click on the notification panel and disable the Airplane mode. That’s it! Once done, connect to the WiFi network.

2. Update Network Card Driver

Sometimes, connected to WiFi, but no internet access error appears due to outdated network card drivers. So, in this method, we will update the network card drivers to see if that helps. Here’s what you need to do.

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  • Open Windows search and type in ‘Device Manager.’
  • Open Device Manager from the list.
  • On the Device Manager, expand the network adapters.
  • Find your ethernet or WiFi network. Then, right-click on it and click on ‘Properties.’
  • On the next pop-up, click on the ‘Update Driver’ option.

Now Windows 10 will automatically scan for the available updates. That’s it! You are done. If Windows 10 finds any new network driver update, it will automatically install it.

3. Change the DNS servers

Well, sometimes users see ‘Unidentified network’ because of outdated DNS cache. Also, ISPs offer their custom DNS servers address which could be slow sometimes.

So, in this method, you can change the default DNS to Google Public DNS. Google DNS is usually faster than the one provided by the ISP.

Also, changing DNS servers on Windows 10 is easy; you can follow our guide How To Change Default DNS To Google DNS For Faster Internet to change the DNS server in no time.

4. Use Command Prompt

If you can still connect to the internet, you need to open the Command prompt with admin privileges and execute these commands. First, to open Command Prompt, you need to search ‘CMD‘ on Windows search. Next, right-click on the CMD and select the ‘Run as administrator option.

Please note that you need to execute these commands one by one. Therefore, execute the next command after the completion of the first one. Here are the commands.

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled

netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled

netsh int tcp show global

5. Restart the Router

If you are still getting the ‘Unidentified Network’ error message, you need to restart your modem and router. A simple restart can sometimes fix these types of problems as well. Here’s what you need to do.

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  • Turn off both your modem and router.
  • Now, wait for about 1 minute and start the router.

Once started, you need to connect your computer with the router.

6. Reset Network Settings

If everything failed to fix the ‘Connected to WiFi, but no internet access’ problem on your PC, then you need to reset the entire network settings.

We have already shared a detailed guide on resetting network settings on Windows 10 completely. You need to follow that guide to reset the network settings of your Windows 10 computer.

So, this article is all about how to fix unidentified network problems on Windows 10. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts related to this, let us know in the comment box below.


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