How to Turn Wireless Compatibility Back On
Troubleshooting Your Connection
Use your keyboard to enable your wireless adapter.Most laptops have a key or switch that can be used to toggle the wireless adapter on or off. The key will have a logo of an antenna with radio waves coming out of each side, or it may have an image of an airplane to signify Airplane Mode. Tap this key to toggle your wireless adapter on and off.
Click the Start button and type "troubleshooting".Select "Troubleshooting" from the list of search results.
Click the "Connect to the Internet" option.This will open the internet connection troubleshooter.
Click the "Advanced" link.Select "Run as administrator" so that the troubleshooter can perform more advanced tasks. Make sure "Apply repairs automatically" is checked.
Follow the prompts to run the troubleshooter.Windows will begin checking your hardware and software configurations to see if it can find the problem with your connection. If your wireless adapter has been disabled, it will attempt to re-enable it for you automatically.
Reinstalling Your Driver
Open the Device Manager.This tool lists all of the components installed in your computer. Hardware on your computer is controlled by software called "drivers". Reinstalling your wireless adapter's driver is the quickest way to troubleshoot it when it won't turn on. Windows will handle the heavy lifting automatically.
- PressWin+Rand type "devmgmt.msc". This will launch the Device Manager.
Expand the "Network Adapters" section.This will list all of your installed network adapters. You should see your wireless adapter and your Ethernet adapter.
Right-click the wireless adapter and select "Properties".This will open a new window.
Click the "Driver" tab.You'll see the driver installation date and version number, along with some options.
Click "Uninstall".This is the last option on the list. You'll be prompted to confirm that you want to remove the drivers. Check the "Delete the driver software for this device" box and confirm that you want to remove the driver.
Connect your laptop to your router via Ethernet.You'll need a network connection in order for Windows to automatically install the correct driver. Use an Ethernet cable and attach your laptop to one of your router's LAN ports.
Restart your computer.Once you're connected to your router via Ethernet, reboot your computer.
Log into Windows and allow it to install the wireless adapter driver.Windows should detect your driver-less adapter automatically once you log in. It will prompt you to let it find and install the proper driver. If you're connected to your router via Ethernet, Windows will be able to check online for the latest version of the driver. Windows will download and install the automatically.
Attempt to connect to a wireless network.After the driver installation (which may take several minutes), your network adapter should turn back on. If your adapter has an indicator light, you should notice it change from orange to blue.
- Click the Network icon in the system tray and select your wireless network. You'll need to enter the password if the network is secured.
Performing a System Restore
Know when to do this.If your internet connection was working a few days ago, but isn't anymore, you may be able to fix the problem by performing a system restore. This will roll back your computer's settings to the date that you select. Any changes made to the system since the date will be undone. This means that programs that you've installed since the selected date will be removed, and settings will be reverted. A system restorewill notaffect your personal files.
Open the System Restore utility.The fastest way to open it is to search for it, though the process varies a little depending on the version of Windows you are using:
- Windows 10 and 8.1 - Click the Start button and type "recovery". This will load the Recovery window in the Control Panel. Select "Open System Restore".
- Windows 7 and Vista - Click the Start button and type "restore". Select "System Restore" from the list of results.
Choose your restore point.Restore points are created automatically whenever a change is made to your system files, such as installing a program or driver. Windows will choose the most recent restore point automatically. To view all available restore points, check the "Show more restore points" box.
- Choose a restore point from a date when you know your wireless adapter was working.
Check to see what programs restoring will affect.Since restoring will roll your computer back to the date you select, programs that have been changed in that time will be affected. Click the "Scan for affected programs" button to see what will be removed or added back to your computer during the restore. Remember, your personal files will not be affected.
Begin the restore process.Once you've selected your restore point and confirmed that you want to restore, Windows reboot and roll back. This may take a few moments to complete. Once the restore is finished, Windows will load and you will be informed that the restore was successful.
Test your connection.If there was a driver or software problem causing a problem with your wireless adapter, restoring to a point before the problem occured should fix it. If you still can't get your wireless adapter to turn on, you may have to get your computer repaired or replaced.
QuestionThe WiFi is off on my iPad and iPhone. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe most likely scenario is that airplane mode is on. You can easily disable it in "General" in your settings.Thanks!
QuestionI can't see my wireless icon. Even if I search, I don't find it. What must I do?Josiegivesadvice1Community AnswerTurn your router off for five seconds, then restart your phone. Or, check your settings -- you may have turned an option controlling it off.Thanks!
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