Fix HP Laptop Not Connecting to WiFi on Windows 10
Hewlett Packard is an American Multinational Technology company manufacturing desktops, laptops, printers, storage devices, software, networking products and many more. Like its other products, HP laptops are also widely used all over the world. Users of HP laptops often complain about the Windows 10 used in their laptops not connecting to the saved Wi-Fi network automatically or slowing down and even going off from time to time.
This is quite a common issue and any one of the below mentioned methods can help in fixing this problem. HP laptop users who have updated to Windows 10 and are facing problems in connecting to the Wi-Fi should remember these methods.
The very first step should be to do an automatic troubleshooting in order to recognize the problem. For this, you need to perform a few simple steps.
- Press the key with Windows logo on the keyboard and X key simultaneously.
- Type Troubleshoot in the search box. Thereafter choose Troubleshoot network from the drop down menu.
- Click on Run Troubleshooter option under the Internet Connections
- Now you need to click on the Troubleshoot my connection to the Internet
- An error notification appears after the troubleshooting procedure is complete.
- Click on the causes listed and follow the instructions given to solve the problem.
- Click Re-check.
- Continue the process until the laptop connects to the Wi-Fi network.
Reinstalling wireless adapter driver
You can uninstall and reinstall the wireless adapter driver using the device manager of your HP laptop. Follow the below mentioned steps:
- Right click at the Start button or press the Window key and the X key simultaneously.
- Now select Device Manager.
- Look for Network Adaptors option in the list which appears under device manager.
- Expand the network adaptors option by clicking on it.
- Look for Wireless Network Adaptor option and right click on it.
- Click on the Uninstall device
- A confirm window appears on the screen. Click on the Uninstall
- Click the icon for Scan for hardware changes present on the bar at the top of the screen.
- The wireless network gets reinstalled on the HP laptop. After reinstallation, close the device manager and restart the laptop.
- Check whether Windows 10 is connecting to the Wi-Fi network or not.
If the connection is still not established, you need to try another method.
New wireless adapter driver
You can update your existing wireless adapter driver with a new one. The driver can be updated through the device manager where there are many network adaptors for updating your driver software. You simply need to follow the steps given below:
- Open device manager by right clicking Start button or pressing Window key and X key at the same time.
- Look for Network adapters option and expand it.
- Right click on the Wireless network adaptor
- Select the Update driver
- Now select Search automatically for updated driver software.
- The laptop starts searching for the drivers automatically.
- If new driver is not located using this method, you can visit the HP website and look for a driver. You can also go to the website of the wireless adapter’s manufacturer.
- Online assistance is provided by HP for downloading and installing new drivers.
Driver Easy is a tool which automatically searches and installs new wireless network adaptor driver. The tool is equipped with offline scan feature. This is a very useful tool for users who are not well versed with computer technology.
Checking resetting hardware settings
You need to follow the below mentioned steps:
- Turn off the laptop.
- Disconnect all the external devices connected to the laptop such as printer, mouse, AC adapter, etc. You also need to remove the battery.
- The power button on the laptop needs to be pressed for about 15 seconds.
- Disconnect the power cord of the modem or wireless router. The power cord of a separate broadband modem, if present, should also be unplugged.
- Reconnect the wireless router or modem or broadband modem after 5 seconds. Ensure that all lights are on and the network is active.
- Insert the battery in your laptop and power it on.
- Choose Start Windows normally and hit the enter button.
- Right click on the network icon followed by selecting Open Network and Sharing Center.
- Now click Change adapter settings.
- Right click wireless connection and select
Try any or all of these solutions. If the problem persists, it is better to call for professional support.