Best 5 Ways to Fix Unidentified Network on Windows 10

It is very frustrating when you have your network connected alright but this small yellow warning on top of your network bar wouldn’t allow you to access the internet.

You may face this challenge when you are using Windows. It doesn’t matter whether you use ethernet, cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

This error has been around for so many years and it is so annoying especially if you want to complete some tasks on the internet urgently.

This unidentified network or no internet access is caused by any of the following;

  1. Improper network settings
  2. Windows update failure or bug
  3. Outdated network driver or network card driver issue
  4. Other apps causing changes to your network configurations

In this article, we will look at 6 tested ways you can solve this “unidentified network” or “no internet access issue” on Microsoft Windows 10.

1. Turning Off and On Your Network Connection

This is the simplest thing to do and probably the first thing to check before going to the other ways. When I first saw this problem, I hurriedly started changing some network settings not knowing that the problem was from my main adapter, it was not properly connected.

Make sure your all your cables are well connected. Make sure your main internet source has access to the internet (check for network coverage and internet data).

If that didn’t work, try to turn off your network connection and turn it on again. Also, you can try to put it on Airplane mode and later turn the airplane mode off.

If the above method didn’t work, then move to the second method below.

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2. Disabling and Enabling Your Network Adapter

Disabling and enabling your networking adapter at times solve this issue. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. Search for Control Panel and open it.
  2. On the control panel window, make sure you select view by category on the top right corner and click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  4. On the left-hand side pane, select Change adapter settings.
  5. This will open a list all your available network adapters.
  6. Right-click on the one you are having a problem with.
  7. Select disable from the popup menu and wait for it to be disabled.
  8. After it has successfully disabled, wait for some seconds and right-click on it again and click on enable to enable the adapter.

You can now check whether your connection has access to the internet or not. If not, then let us move to the third method.

3. Configuring Your IP Settings

At times your modem or router may fail to assign an IP address to your computer. In this case, we can assign this manually by following the steps below.

  1. Open Control Panel by search it.
  2. On the control panel window, make sure you select view by category on the top right corner and click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  4. On the left-hand side pane, select Change adapter settings.
  5. This will open a list all your available network adapters.
  6. Right-click on your network adapter (if you are using ethernet make sure you choose the right adapter because VPNs and Virtual machines also have adapters assigned to them).
  7. Click on properties from the menu that will appear.
  8. In the Properties dialogue box, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
  9. Below the list of items click on Properties.
  10. Select Change an IP address automatically and Obtain DNS server address automatically.
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If that didn’t work, then you can manually assign an IP address by following the picture below.

4. Using Command Prompt

Now, this method uses the Command Prompt to reset our network protocol.

  1. Search for Command Prompt and Run as an Administrator.
  2. Input the following commands.
  3. ipconfig /release
    iconfig /renew
  4. Also, reset IP and flush DNS using the commands below
  5. netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset
    ipconfig /flushdns
  6. Exit command prompt, close all other opened programs and restart your computer.

5. Temporarily disable Windows Defender and Antivirus Firewall

If all the above methods didn’t work, then try to disable Windows Defender and any Antivirus software installed on your computer.

Follow the steps below to turn off Windows Defender.

  1. Search for Windows Defender Firewall and Click on it.
  2. On the left side pane, click on Turn Windows Defender Firewall On or Off.
  3. Select Turn off Windows Defender Firewall for both Private and Public networks.
  4. Click on Ok.

Check your connectivity. If you still can not access the internet then I have my last method below. Make sure you Turn on your Windows Defender Firewall.

6. Update your Network Adapter

At times this problem is also caused by outdated drivers. Follow this guide to update your driver.

  1. Search for Device Manager and click on it to open your Device Manager.
  2. Look for Network Adapters.
  3. Right-click on your network adaptor.
  4. Select Uninstall from the context menu.
  5. Restart your computer and your windows will install the latest driver for your network adapter.

Conclusion

I know you are browsing on your computer smoothly after going through these methods. Let us know in the comment box the method that worked for you. Thank you for reading and make sure you visit our site regularly for valuable tech posts.

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