A common network issue faced by Windows 11 users, is the “Windows cannot connect to this network” error. This error is relatively simple to fix, as long as you know what caused the error. If not, however, try the fixes listed below and see which works for you.
Most of the fixes are simple to do and you won’t have any of the following problems.
1. Manage network drivers on Windows 11
In many cases, connectivity issues like the “Windows cannot connect to this network” error can be resolved by updating the PC’s network drivers. However, if you recently updated the driver and the error appeared soon after, you should rollback the driver to the previous version until the new drivers are fixed. You can also try reinstalling the driver to see if that fixes the problem.
All of these actions can be performed using Device Manager, so let’s dive in and try some of the fixes.
1. Update network driver
To update your network driver, do the following:
- Open Run application using Win + CHEAP shortcut.
- In the text box, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter to open Device Manager.
- In the Device Manager window, expand Adapters section.
- Right click on the wireless adapter for your device and click Update drivers.
- On the next window, select Automatically search for drivers.
- Windows will download and install the latest drivers for your device.
2. Network Driver Recovery
If the problem started occurring after you installed a new network driver, here’s how to roll back the driver you had before:
- Open Device Manager using Windows search or run devmgmt.msc in the Run app (Windows Key + R).
- Extend Adapters section.
- Right click on the network driver and select Nature.
- In the Properties window, go to the Driver tab.
- Click the Roll back driver option. The option will be grayed out if the driver has not been updated recently.
- Windows will install the previous version of the network driver.
- Restart your computer.
3. Uninstall Network Driver
If you want a fresh install, first download the network driver from the manufacturer’s website. You should do this before uninstalling your current network driver; after they disappear, you won’t be able to connect to the internet through that network adapter until you reinstall its driver again.
Once you’ve got your new driver, it’s time to get rid of the old one:
- Open Device Manager.
- Again, expand the Network Adapters section.
- Right-click the network driver.
- Click Device Uninstall.
- Test Try to remove the driver for this device Selection.
- Click Uninstall.
- When you restart your PC, Windows will automatically reinstall the driver.
2. Disable IPv6
IPv6 is really not needed for most connections unless explicitly specified by your router or ISP. So you should disable it and try connecting to the wireless network again.
Here’s how you can disable IPv6 on your computer:
- Find the network icon on the System Tray.
- Right click on the icon and select Network and Internet settings.
- Click Advanced network settings.
- Under Related Settings, select More network adapter options.
- Right-click the wireless network, then select Nature. Make sure you have administrator privileges.
- Uncheck the Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) option.
- Click ALRIGHT.
- Reconnect to the wireless network again.
3. Disable and enable the Wireless Network Adapter
Sometimes resetting the wireless network adapter can easily fix connection problems on Windows. You can do this using Advanced Networking options in Windows 11:
- Right-click the Network icon located in the System Tray.
- Click Network and Internet settings.
- Click Advanced network settings.
- On the next window, select More network adapter options.
- Now right click on the wireless adapter and click Void.
- Wait a moment, then right-click the wireless adapter and select Allow.
- Restart your PC and try connecting to the network again.
4. Release IP and delete DNS Cashe in Command Prompt
The “Windows cannot connect to this network” error can be caused by an IP error. To fix this, you need to release the IP and clear the DNS cache.
This sounds complicated, but all you need to do is run a few commands in the Windows Command Prompt and Windows will take care of the rest. Here’s how to do it:
- Type cmd in Windows Search.
- Right click on Command Prompt > Run as administrator.
- In the Command Prompt console, type the following commands and press Enter after each command:
- reset netsh winock
- reset netsh int ip
- ipconfig /release
- ipconfig / renew
- ipconfig /flushdns
- Close Command Prompt and restart your computer to see if the error persists.
In addition to the commands listed above, there are many other CMD commands for managing wireless networks in Windows.
5. Reset Windows network configuration
One of the most common culprits of “Windows cannot connect to this network” error is due to improper network configuration. An easy way to fix this is to simply reset your PC’s network settings to factory defaults.
Fortunately, Windows allows you to reset all of its network settings with a single option:
- Right click the Start button and click Setting.
- Click Internet on the navigation bar towards the left.
- In the next window, select Advanced network settings.
- Under More Settings, click Network reset.
- Click Reset now.
- Your PC will reboot.
6. Use the Network Troubleshooter
Windows 11 has a built-in troubleshooter to detect and fix network problems. It might be worth trying to see if the utility can detect and fix the problem causing the “Windows cannot connect to this network” error.
To run the Windows Network Troubleshooter, follow these steps:
- In Windows Search, type network troubleshooter.
- From the search results, click Find and fix network problems Selection.
- Click Next in the debugger.
- Windows will detect and try to fix connection problems on your PC
7. Forget and reconnect the Wi-Fi network
Forgetting the Wi-Fi network and reconnecting to it can also help fix network problems in Windows 11. Here’s how you can do this:
- Click the Network icon in the System Tray on the Taskbar.
- Click the arrow next to the Wi-Fi icon.
- Right click on the wireless network.
- Click Forget.
- Now, reconnect to Wi-Fi. You will have to re-enter your password.
7. Restart or Reset the Router
Sometimes your router gets a bit stuck and requires a reboot to resolve itself. Therefore, resetting the router quickly is a good way to quickly and easily fix problems such as unstable Wi-Fi connection.
The method of resetting the router will vary depending on the router model you own. However, there is usually a physical power button on the router itself that you can use to turn it off and back on. If not, you can also go to your router’s configuration page and reboot from there.
If not, you can try restoring the router to factory defaults, either through a button on the router or on the router’s configuration page. However, you will have to reconfigure the router after the reset.
“Windows cannot connect to this network” error, now fixed
Chances are, one of these fixes will resolve the “Windows cannot connect to this network” error on your computer. And given the number of possible Windows network problems, it’s a good idea to learn the basics of how to solve them so you don’t get stuck without Internet in the future.
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