How To Fix Windows 10 Not Connecting To WIFI Automatically Issue

Windows 10 is the latest and best version of the Windows operating system which was first released in 2015 and was made as a free upgrade to people who were running Windows 7 or Windows 8 on their computers. Although this is a solid performing operating system there are instances when certain issues can occur which we will be addressing today. In this latest installment of our troubleshooting series we will tackle the Windows 10 not connecting to WIFI automatically issue. 

How To Fix Windows 10 Not Connecting To WIFI Automatically Issue

Before performing any of the recommended troubleshooting steps listed below it’s best to restart your computer first. This action refreshes the operating system and remove any corrupt temporary data that could be causing the problem.

There are several factors that can cause a computer to not connect to a WIFI connection automatically. Listed below are the troubleshooting steps that you need to do to fix this problem.

Forget the WIFI network

The first thing that you will need to do in this case is to forget the WIFI network then connect to it again. This will fix any corrupt data with the connection which could be causing the problem.


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  • Click the Network icon on the lower right corner of your screen.
  • Click Network settings.
  • Click Manage Wi-Fi settings.
  • Under Manage known networks, click the network you want to delete.
  • Click Forget. The wireless network profile is deleted.
  • Restart the computer.
  • Select the Network icon on the taskbar.
  • Choose the Wi-Fi network you want, then select Connect.
  • Type the network password, and then select Next.
  • Choose Yes or No, depending on the type of network you’re connecting to and if you want your PC to be discoverable by other PCs and devices on the network.

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Make sure the WIFI adapter does not automatically turn off

A power saving setting in your computer will usually turn off the computer WIFI adapter when it is not being used. Make sure to turn off this setting as this can be a factor that can cause this problem.

  • Right click on the Start button and, in the menu that appears, click on Device manager.
  • Double click on the Network adapters section.
  • Look for the WIFI adapter in the list and then right click on it. From the right click menu, click on Properties.
  • Click on the Power management tab to navigate to it. 
  • Uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power. 
  • Click on OK.

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Run the Network Troubleshooter tool

The Network Troubleshooter tool analyzes your computer for any connection related problems and tries to fix it. You should try using this tool to fix this issue.

  • Select the Start button – Settings -Network & Internet – Status.
  • Under Change your network settings, select Network troubleshooter.
  • Follow the steps in the troubleshooter

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Disable Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter

This feature allows for to share internet connection by making your computer work as a hotspot. Sometimes this is turned on it can cause this problem which is why you should turn it off.

  • Press Windows + R to launch the Run application. 
  • Type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
  • Once in the device manager, click on “View” and click “Show hidden devices”.
  • Expand the category “Network adapters”. Browse for the entry “Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter”. Right-click it and select “Disable device”.
  • Restart your computer.

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Run CHKDSK

In case the issue still persists then you should try to run CHKDSK to check and repair bugs in the operating system that could be causing the problem.

  • Press “Windows” + “R” keys simultaneously to open the Run prompt.
  • Type in “cmd” and press “Shift” + “ctrl” + “Enter” simultaneously
  • Click on “yes” in the prompt to provide administrative privileges.
  • Type in the following command and press “Enter” to initiate the scan chkdsk /f /r /x
  • Wait for the scan to be completed

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