WiFi Connected But no Internet Access Windows 10 (5 Working fixes)

Use the built-in network troubleshooter in Windows 10 to automatically diagnose and fix Internet and network issues on your PC or Laptop.

Did you notice Your PC is connected to the internet but there is no internet connection, have no access to the Internet or web pages? The same problem occurs with laptop users  WiFi is Connected but there is No Internet Access or Limited Access issue. There are various reasons such as incorrect network configuration, a problem with the network device, outdated or incompatible network adapter driver, temporary glitch etc that cause the problem

“Limited Access”
“No Internet Access”
“Connected with Limited Access”
“This connection has limited or no connectivity. No Internet access.”

If you’re one of the “victims” of WiFi Connected but no Internet access problem, here in this post we have collected some effective solutions that fix the issue.

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Why Internet not working even WiFi is connected?

WiFi connected but no internet” refers to a situation where your device successfully establishes a connection to a wireless network (WiFi) but is unable to access the internet. In this scenario, you may see the WiFi icon indicating a connected status, but you may be unable to access the internet or webpages on your computer.

There are several factors can contribute to this problem, It may be due to Misconfigured network settings on your PC or laptop prevent internet access. Or Problems with your router or modem can lead to connectivity issues.

Again If your network drivers are outdated or incompatible, it can hinder your device’s ability to connect to the internet. Or sometimes firewall settings on your Windows 10 device might block internet access. Problems with the DNS server also result No internet access on Windows 10.

How to fix Wi-Fi issues in Windows 10

Before diving into specific troubleshooting steps, it’s essential to ensure that the problem is isolated to your Windows 10 computer.

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Check Basic things

Check if other devices connected to the same network are experiencing internet connectivity issues. If they are, the problem might be with your router or internet service provider. In such cases, contact your ISP or restart your router/modem.

Restart your computer and network devices wifi router. Restarting these devices can refresh the network connection and resolve any temporary glitches or conflicts that may be causing the problem.

Again a faulty or improperly connected internet cable can disrupt the network connection and cause internet connectivity problems. Ensure that the internet cable is securely plugged into your router and your computer. In addition, Inspect the cable for damage.

If you are using VPN client, disabling any active VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection can potentially help resolve the “WiFi connected but no internet access” issue on your Windows 10 computer.

Run Network And internet troubleshooter

Windows 10 has a built-in network troubleshooter, Running the tool automatically Identifies and fixes common network-related issues. Network troubleshooter is an effective step to diagnose and potentially resolve the “WiFi connected but no internet access” problem on your Windows 10 computer.

  • Press Windows key + I to open the settings app
  • Go to Network and Internet, on the right-hand side scroll down and click on Network Troubleshooter.
  • The Network troubleshooter window will open, and it will attempt to detect and resolve any network-related issues.

Run Network Troubleshooter

Follow on-screen instructions if prompt and Wait for the troubleshooter to complete the diagnostic process. Once the troubleshooter has finished reboot your PC and check if this help restore the internet access on Windows 10.

Reset network configuration

Resetting the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) configuration on your Windows 10 computer can be an effective solution for resolving network connectivity issues, including the “WiFi connected but no internet access” problem.

Press the Windows key + S, type cmd rightclick on the command prompt and select run as administrator. And run the following command one by one.

  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int ip reset
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew
  • ipconfig /flushdns

netsh winsock reset command

Change your DNS server address

Another possible cause for this problem is the unstable network connection or the misconfiguration of DNS server settings. DNS servers are responsible for translating domain names (e.g., www.example.com) into IP addresses that computers can understand. If there are issues with your current DNS server, it can hinder your internet connectivity. let’s change the DNS server address (use Google DNS or Open DNS) to see if it fixes the problem.

  • Press Windows + R, type ncpa.cpl and ok to open the Network configuration window.
  • Right-click on the Active network adapter (WiFi adapter) and select Properties.
  • In the Properties window, locate and select “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click on the “Properties” button.
  • Select the radio button Use the following DNS server addresses, and Enter the preferred DNS server address and alternate DNS server address.
  • You can use public DNS servers like Google DNS (8.8.8.8 for preferred DNS and 8.8.4.4 for alternate DNS) or OpenDNS (208.67.222.222 for preferred DNS and 208.67.220.220 for alternate DNS).
  • Click on “OK” to save the changes and Close the Network Connections window.

Now check if the Check Internet connection started working.

Assign DNS address

Obtain IP address and DNS server address automatically

For some reason If you have manually configured the IP address, or DNS server address on your PC. Changing the same to Obtain IP address and DNS server address automatically is another effective solution, that works for most of Users.

  • First, open the network configuration window using ncpa.cpl command.
  • Right-click on the WiFi adapter (Ethernet) and select properties.
  • Here double click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  • Under the General tab, select the radio button Obtain an IP address automatically, and  Obtain DNS server address automatically.
  • Reboot your PC and check the problem is Fixed or not.

Obtain an IP address and DNS automatically

Note: if you notice your PC is already set to Obtain IP address and DNS server address automatically That causes manually add IP and DNS address and check this may do the magic for you. Check how to Setup static IP address on Windows 10.

Setup static IP address on Windows 10

Automatically detect proxy settings

Sometimes, security software can interfere with your network connection. Temporarily disable your antivirus or firewall and check if you can access the internet. If the problem is resolved, consider adjusting the settings of your security software or contacting the vendor for further assistance.

  • Press Windows + R, type inetcpl.cpl and ok to open Internet properties.
  • Under the connection, tab click on LAN settings.
  • Here make sure that “Automatically detect settings” is checked and “Use a proxy server for LAN” is unchecked.
  • Click OK and then click apply. Finally, Reboot your PC to save changes and check the problem is resolved.

Disable Proxy Settings for LAN

Update or Reinstall Wireless drivers

Again an outdated or incompatible network adapter driver can cause connection problems. If you recently upgraded to Windows 10, it’s possible that the network driver was incompatible with the current Windows version as it’s designed for a previous version of Windows. Installing the latest Wireless (Network adapter) driver fixes the problem.

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type devmgmt.msc and ok to open Device Manager.
  • This will display all installed driver list. look for network adapters, Right-click on the installed Wireless driver and select update driver.
  • On the next screen select Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • This will automatically check for the driver update.
  • If found any windows automatically download and install them for you.
  • After that restart windows and check Internet connection started working.

update network Adapter driver

  1. If the updated driver didn’t fix the problem, open the device manager, Right-click on the network adapter driver and select Uninstall device.
  2. Click yes, if asked for confirmation and restart Windows to completely uninstall the driver.
  3. Again open the device manager, click Action, and then select ‘Scan for hardware changes.
  4. This will automatically install the basic driver for you to start the internet connection.

Note: If Windows can’t find a new driver for your network adapter, visit the PC/laptop manufacturer’s website and download the latest network adapter driver from there. As your PC can’t connect to the Internet, you’ll need to download a driver on a different PC and save it to a USB flash drive, so you can manually install the driver on your PC.

Perform a network reset

Performing a network reset on your Windows 10 computer can help resolve persistent network connectivity issues, including the “WiFi connected but no internet access” problem. A network reset removes and reinstalls all network adapters and resets networking components to their default settings.

  • Open the Settings app and go to “Network & Internet.”
  • Select “Status” from the left pane and scroll down to the “Network reset” section.
  • Click on “Network reset” and follow the on-screen instructions to reset your network settings.

Note that this will remove all network adapters and reset other network components

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