Fixing Windows 10 Wi-Fi not connecting automatically

By Eunice Samson | June 18, 2018 |

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It is undeniable how the Internet has changed our society today. More people have access to the tools needed to connect them to the world and a wealth of information. Wi-Fi technology has made it even more convenient for users to enjoy these benefits. At home, at the office, or even in public places like cafés, you can connect to the Internet without the need for wires or cables.

While Wi-Fi brings several advantages for people, this technology is still prone to certain issues. Some users reported that their Wi-Fi doesn’t connect automatically after Windows 10 update. This can be inconvenient, especially when you need to get certain tasks started as soon as you turn on your device. You wouldn’t want to check a few hours later only to discover that you haven’t been connected to the Internet all along!

So, today, we will teach you how to fix Wi-Fi not connecting automatically on Windows 10. There are several things you can do to resolve this issue. What’s important is you find the solution that works best for you.

Method 1: Changing your settings for Group Policy

You can conveniently make system-wide changes, thanks to Group Policy. Many users reported that they had been able to fix the problem by making some changes, using the Group Policy Editor. It is worth noting that this feature is only available on the Professional and Enterprise versions of the Windows operating system. So, if you are using a different version, this solution might not be applicable to you. That said, here are the steps you have to follow:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+R. This should open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Once the Group Policy Editor is up, go to the left pane and navigate to the following path:Computer Configuration ->Administrative Templates ->System ->Internet Communication Management ->Internet Communicating Settings.
  4. Go to the right pane and double-click ‘Turn off Windows Network Connectivity Status Indicator active tests’.
  5. From the menu, select Not Configured.Change your Group Policy settings.
  6. Save the changes by clicking Apply and OK.

Method 2: Reinstalling your Wi-Fi driver

Some users mentioned that one of the temporary workarounds for this problem is reinstalling the Wi-Fi driver. To do this, just follow the instructions below:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+X.
  2. From the list, select Device Manager.
  3. Once Device Manager is up, look for your Wi-Fi device. Right-click it, then choose Uninstall device.
  4. You will see a confirmation message. Just click Uninstall to proceed.
  5. Now, click the ‘Scan for hardware changes’ icon. Your system will automatically install the missing drivers.

By reinstalling your driver, you should be able to resolve the Wi-Fi problem temporarily. As we’ve mentioned, this is just a workaround. So, if you notice the issue reappearing, it would be advisable to update your Wi-Fi adapter’s driver.

Of course, you can opt to do this manually. However, you should be aware of the risks involved. For one, you have to search for the latest drivers on the manufacturer’s website. If you select and install the wrong driver version, you may bring harm to your system. As such, we recommend automating the process, using Auslogics Driver Updater.

Keep your drivers up to date so that your Wi-Fi connection can work smoothly.

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Method 3: Removing all saved Wi-Fi networks

If your Wi-Fi doesn’t connect automatically after Windows 10 update, you might want to try removing all your saved networks. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Search icon on your taskbar.
  2. Type “settings” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. After launching the Settings app, you should go to the Network & Internet section.
  4. Go to the left pane and click Wi-Fi.
  5. Go to the right pane, then look for Manage Wi-Fi Settings and click it.
  6. Search for Manage Known Networks and click it.
  7. You will be able to see a complete list of all the networks you’ve connected to in the past. You can remove a network by selecting it and clicking Forget. You can do these steps on all the networks on the list.

You can also remove all the saved networks through the Command Prompt. However, before you proceed with this option, you must know that the solution might be for more tech-savvy individuals. So, if you are not confident with your troubleshooting skills and knowledge, you might want to skip this method. Here are the instructions:

  1. Right-click the Windows logo on your taskbar.
  2. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) from the menu.
  3. Once Powershell (Admin) or Command Prompt (Admin) is up, type “netsh wlan show profiles” (no quotes) and press Enter.
  4. You will now see the list of networks you’ve connected to in the past. You can delete a network by entering the following command:netsh wlan delete profile name=”Name of the Wi-Fi network”.
  5. Note that you should replace ‘Name of the Wi-Fi network’ accordingly. Run the command by pressing Enter.

As you can see, this method requires a higher level of tech skills. However, the process is faster, especially when you’re familiar with using Command Prompt. Either way, you will be able to resolve the Wi-Fi issue.

Method 4: Making some changes in your registry

Before you proceed with this solution, you have to be absolutely confident that you can perform the changes accurately. Keep in mind that the registry is a sensitive database. Making a single mistake can bring big problems to your system.

On the other hand, if you know that you can carefully follow the instructions below, feel free to make the changes in your registry. That said, it would be best to create a backup before modifying the registry. Here are the steps:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+R.
  2. Type “regedit” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Once you’ve opened the registry editor, go to File and select Export.
  4. Set the range to ‘All’ and type your preferred file name. Select a safe destination folder, then click Save. You now have a backup of your registry. Should you experience problems after making the changes, you will be able to undo them by running this file.
  5. Go to the left pane and navigate to the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WcmSvc
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  7. Expand the WcmSvc key, then locate the GroupPolicy key. If you do not see this key, you have to manually create it. Just click WcmSvc, then select New and Key from the menu. Type “GroupPolicy” (no quotes as the name of the new key.
  8. Select the GroupPolicy key, then go to the right pane and right-click an empty space.
  9. Select New, then choose DWORD (32-bit) value from the list.
  10. Name the new DWORD value as “fMinimizeConnections” (no quotes).
  11. Exit the registry editor and restart your computer.
  12. Once you’ve restarted your computer, check if your PC automatically connects to the available Wi-Fi network.

Method 5: Disabling Fast Startup Feature

By default, the Fast Startup feature is enabled in your PC. It can be useful for ensuring that your computer will boot faster. However, it can also cause certain problems to appear. Some users reported that Fast Startup has been preventing their system to automatically connect to a Wi-Fi network. You can resolve this by disabling the feature. To do that, just follow the steps below.

  1. Go to your taskbar and click the Search icon.
  2. Type “control panel” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Once you’ve opened Control Panel, click System and Security and select Power Options.
  4. Go to the left pane and select ‘Choose what the power buttons do’.
  5. Select ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’.
  6. Scroll down to the Shutdown settings section and make sure that the ‘Turn on fast startup (recommended)’ option is not selected.
  7. Click the Save Changes button.

After following the instructions above, you will notice that your PC boots a bit slower than usual. However, this should resolve your Wi-Fi problems.

Method 6: Removing files from the Wlansvc directory

In some cases, the problem is caused by certain files from the Wlansvc directory. You can fix this issue by disabling the WLAN AutoConfig service and removing the problematic files. Simply follow the instructions below:

  1. On your keyboard, press Windows Key+R.
  2. Type “services.msc” (no quotes), then press Enter.
  3. You should now be able to see the list of available services. Look for the WLAN AutoConfig service and right-click it.
  4. Select Stop from the options.
  5. Once you’ve disabled the service, minimize the window.
  6. Press Windows Key+E on your keyboard, then navigate to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc directory. Make sure you reveal the hidden files and folders to avoid having problems finding this directory. You can do that by clicking the View tab and selecting the Hidden Items option.
  7. Once you’re inside the Wlansvc directory, delete all the files and directories, except for the Profiles directory.
  8. Navigate to the Profiles directory. Keep the Interfaces folder, but delete all the files and directories in it
  9. Open the Interfaces folder, then delete its contents.
  10. Go back to the Services window and look for the WLAN AutoConfig service. Right-click it, then select Start from the menu.
  11. Try connecting to your wireless network. Don’t forget to select the option for automatically connected to your preferred network.
  12. Once you’ve done that, restart your PC and check if the problem has been resolved.Some users also suggested going back to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\Profiles\Interfaces directory and looking for the newly created .xml file in one of the folders. This file represents your network connection, and you can make some changes in it to resolve the problem.

Once you’ve found that file, just follow the instructions below:

  1. Right-click the newly created .xml file and select Properties from the menu.
  2. Go to the General tab, then go to the Attributes section and select the Read-only option.
  3. Save the changes by clicking Apply and OK.

In some cases, Windows seem to modify the .xml file, causing the issue to appear. When you set it to Ready-only mode, you can completely resolve the problem.

Method 7: Changing the security permissions

As we’ve mentioned, the Profiles folder can sometimes cause certain Wi-Fi connectivity issues. You can try changing the security settings to get rid of the problem. To do that, simply follow the instructions below:

  1. Navigate to the C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Wlansvc\ directory. Look for the Profiles directory, then right-click it. Select Properties from the menu.
  2. Click the Security tab, then go to the Group or User Names section to see if Administrators group is available. If it is, go to Step 7. If the Administrators group is not available, click the Advanced button.
  3. Click the Add button followed by the ‘Select a Principal’ option.
  4. Go to the ‘Enter the object names to select’ field and enter “Administrators” (no quotes).
  5. Click the ‘Check Names’ button and make sure that everything is in order. Click OK.
  6. Select the ‘Full Control’ option, then click OK to save the changes.
  7. Select Administrators, then click Edit.
  8. Ensure that Allow is selected in the ‘Full Control’ option.
  9. Go to Network and Sharing Center, then try adding your wireless connection.

Method 8: Changing the properties of your Wi-Fi connection

One of the simplest ways to fix your Wi-Fi issues is by changing the properties of your wireless connection. To do that, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Go to your taskbar and click the Internet Access icon. You will see the list of available wireless connections.
  2. Right-click your preferred network, then select Properties from the menu.
  3. Once the Properties window is up, go to the Connections tab. Ensure that the option to ‘Connect automatically when this network is in range’ is selected.
  4. Save the changes and restart your PC to check if the problem has been resolved.

Method 9: Creating a new wireless network connection

Some users reported that they had been able to fix the problem by creating a new wireless network connection. If you want to try this solution, make sure you remove your wireless connection first. Here are the steps in setting up a new wireless connection:

  1. Click the Search icon on your taskbar.
  2. Type “control panel” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Select Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click the ‘Set up a new connection or network’ link.
  5. Select the ‘Manually connect to a wireless network’ option, then click Next.
  6. Submit the network name and the required settings. Aside from that, remember to select the ‘Start this connection automatically’ and ‘Connect even if the network is not broadcasting’ options.
  7. Click Next, then follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

After following the steps above, you should have a new connection ready. Windows will now automatically connect to it.

Method 10: Replacing your wireless adapter

Users studying how to fix Wi-Fi not connecting automatically on Windows 10 found that replacing their wireless adapter is the foolproof solution to the problem. It is worth noting that there are certain wireless adapters that are not fully compatible with Windows 10. If this is the case, then try replacing yours with a model that is more suitable for your system. Keep in mind that you should only resort to this solution if the other methods in this article do not work for you.

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