How To Fix WiFi Connected But No Internet Access On Windows 10

Isn’t it quite irritating that you connect to WiFi but the computer shows no internet access? Well, this is quite a common problem in Windows 10 actually. If you are one of the users who have full network signals on the PC but still can’t browse any website then this article will surely help you to fix the problem.

Before checking the solutions you have to find the root cause of the problem, this way you can educate yourself and avoid similar problems in the future.

Possible Reasons 

Here are some possible reasons why you can’t access the internet even if you are connected.

  • Any issue with the router itself can cause this problem on your computer. 
  • If you connect to a public WiFi, chances are you might face this issue. 
  • Incorrect DNS settings are one of the main reasons for this issue. 
  • Temp files build-up can also cause No internet access problem. 
  • Corrupt network adapter drivers. 
  • A corrupt Windows update.
  • Invalid IP/DNS configuration.
  • Socket API errors.
  • Different type of malware.

There could be some unknown problems as well, you will find methods to resolve all such issues.

Fix Internet Connected But No Internet Access Issue 

Depending on the situation there could be different fixes for your Windows 10 PC. You should start with the simpler one. Here are some important ways to resolve the WiFi issue with your Windows 10.

1. Restart your Computer 

An improper boot-up of a system can not only cause this issue but can cause additional problems too. If you are facing any performance or UI-related experience, it is better to restart your computer before doing anything else.

So just restart your computer and check if the issue is resolved or not. 

2. Check your WiFi Router 

If there is something wrong with your router itself, you will definitely get no internet access error. In that case, try restarting your router. Also, make sure that your internet plan is active. Furthermore, use other devices and check if only a particular device is having this problem or not. 

If only your Windows computer is having this issue, then there is nothing wrong with the router. In that case, you can apply the methods below. 

3. Check Proxy Settings And Reset the IP & DNS

Before we go on to reset the IP & DNS settings, you should check the proxy settings. An invalid proxy server can redirect you to the malicious URL or the local IP.

  • Go to the Windows Search Bar, type “Control Panel” and hit enter. 
  • Here, click on Internet Options.
  • Now, go to the ‘Connections’ tab and click on ‘LAN settings’. 
  • Here make sure to check only the option reading “Automatically detect settings”. Uncheck any other options.
LAN Settings

Click on OK to save these settings, try to access the Internet, if it was a problem with the proxy server then it should fix.

If not proceed further to reset IP and DNS settings.

1: Right-click on the WiFi icon in the taskbar. Then click on ‘Open Network & Internet settings’. 

2: Now click on ‘Network and Sharing Center’. 

Network and Sharing Center

3: Click on your network connection from the ‘Connections:

wifi connected bu no internet

4: Here, click on ‘Properties’.

wifi status

5: Select ‘Internet Version Protocol 4 (TCP/IPv4)’ and click on ‘Properties’. 

internet protocol version 4 TCP/IPv4

6: Here make sure that you select ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically’. 

Obtain DNS server address automatically

Click on OK on every dialog box to save the settings. Now check if you can browse the internet or not. If not follow the next.

4. Run The Network Troubleshooter 

In case you do not have a clear idea regarding what is wrong, running the troubleshooter is a good choice. The troubleshooter will automatically search for any faults and suggest you apply the possible fixes.

Here is how to run the Network Troubleshooter:

  • Right-click on the WiFi icon in the taskbar. Then click on ‘Open Network & Internet settings’.  Also, you can open Setings app then go to Network & Internet option.
  • Navigate down and click on ‘Network troubleshooter’. 
Network Troubleshooter

Now let the troubleshooter run, it will try to detect any problems and you will be asked to apply the fix. This should fix the Internet-connected but no internet problem.

5. Perform Network Reset 

If the above method didn’t work for you, you can perform a network reset. Do note that, this will erase all of your saved network settings and you have to provide the WiFi password again to join the network.

Here is how you can do it:

  • Go to the Windows Search Bar, type “Settings” and hit enter. 
  • Here select ‘Network & Internet’. 
  • Navigate down and click on ‘Network reset’ and then click on ‘Reset now’. 
Network Reset to fix wifi connected but no internet in windows 10

Once you grant the permission to reset, you will be asked to restart your computer after the process completes. Upon restarting, you can connect to your network and everything should work fine.

6. Fix Adapter Socket API Errors, Flush DNS & Renew the IP

There could be a problem with the network adapter, DNS cache, and IPv4. You can reset them all to fix the issue.

1: Go to the Windows Search bar, type “CMD”, right-click to ‘Run as administrator

2: Now type the following commands and hit enter one-by-one:

netsh winsock reset
netsh int ip reset
netsh int ip reset resetlog.txt
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
netsh int ipv4 reset resetlog.txt

The above commands will do the following task in order-

  • Reset the network adapter.
  • It will reset the IPV4
  • Reset all the IP catalogs
  • Remove the old DNS cache
  • Release the old IP
  • Renew the IP
  • Reset IPV4 logs, this is similar to 2nd command but you can instruct to reset IPv4 logs.
reset network adapter and IP logs

Once you run all of the above commands, exit the command prompt and restart your Windows 10. This method will fix no internet access issue for you.

7. Update to the Latest Drivers

Using the latest drivers on your computer is very important for seamless performance. So make sure you use the latest network drivers as well. 

1: Open the Windows Search bar, type “Device Manager” and hit enter. 

2: Double-click on ‘Network adapters’ to expand.

3: Select your network adapter, it could be Realtek, Broadcom, etc. 

4: Right-click on it and select ‘Update driver’. 

update network driver in windows 10

5: Select ‘Search automatically for drivers’. 

6: Now the computer will search and update the drivers for you.

Complete the process and restart your computer. If the internet is working in the background this should update the driver.

8. Reinstalling the Network Driver

If the above method didn’t work or showing “Best driver is already installed” then you can try reinstalling the network driver. Here is how:

1: Open the Windows Search bar, type “Device Manager” and hit enter. 

2: Double-click on ‘Network adapters’ to expand.

3: Select your network adapter, it could be Realtek, Broadcom, Atheros, Intel, etc. 

4: Right-click on it and select ‘Uninstall device’.

5: Finally, click on ‘Uninstall’ and uncheck the box reading “Delete the driver software for this device”. 

Fix WiFi Connected But No Internet Access On Windows 10

Let the process complete and after that restart your computer and check if the problem is solved or not. 

If not, repeat the above process again and this time check the box “Delete the driver software for this device” and uninstall.

Restart the Windows and check.

9. Download and Install the Latest Drivers from Manufacturer Website

If this issue is caused by a driver malfunction then you will have to reinstall the drivers. For this, you need access to another computer which has internet access. Once, you have a computer with internet access, follow these steps:

1: Open the browser. 

2: Now simply search for your computer’s drivers. 

Just enter the name of your computer manufacturer followed by “drivers” and hit enter. 

3: This works differently for different manufacturers, some ask the serial numbers, some ask for model and series. 

The main goal here is to download the latest wireless drivers for your computer. 

Here are the websites from where you can download the drivers for major computer manufacturers:

AsusDownload Drivers
HPDownload Drivers
DellDownload Drivers
AcerDownload Drivers
LenovoDownload Drivers
MSIDownload Drivers

4: Once you have downloaded the driver, transfer it to affected PC and simply install it. Restart your PC and check.

10. Do Not Use Public WiFi 

You see, public WiFis have a very bad reputation and they definitely live up to it most times. So if you are using public WiFi and getting this error, I suggest that you disconnect from that network and use your personal network.  

11. Uninstall McAfee Antivirus & Third Party Firewalls

If you have McAfee antivirus and firewall installed the try to disable it temporarily, this could fix the problem if the antivirus is blocking the connection. There could be other third-party antivirus or firewalls like –

  • Comodo firewall
  • Spyware doctor

Generally, manufacturers supply McAfee antivirus with their laptops. For a lot of users, simply uninstalling the antivirus has resolved this issue. The pre-loaded antivirus definitely hinders the performance of the PC. So it is just better to uninstall it for good and find better alternatives.

Hopefully, this will fix the no internet access issue for you. After this, you will be able to use your WiFi seamlessly. 

Closing Phrase

WiFi may act weird anytime, there could be different reasons behind it. Now you have idea about different reasons and to ways to fix WiFi connected but no internet access on Windows 10 problem. All of the methods are tested and verified. Hope this guide helps you in resolving your issue. In case you need any help, feel free to reach out to us. 

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