Not Showing Wireless Network List in Windows – Solved

Can’t you See Network List in your Windows 7, 8.1 or 10?

Have you ever been to the problem, in which your laptop not showing wireless network list or doesn’t show you any wireless network name? If you click on wireless icon, it shows you No Networks Available. In other side your other wireless devices (like other laptop, tablet, phone is connected to the same network). That clearly shows the problem is with your computer not with your network/router. This generally happens in Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 computers.

Now the question comes across, why only this computer not showing wireless network list? Where could be the problem? How to identify the problem? So don’t worry, we have the solution to fix it. This happens only when there is some trouble with you Wireless Network Adapter.

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Hereby, three (3) different methods are given below. One of them fix your problem for sure.

Method 1 –  Start WLAN AutoConfig Service

Step 1. Press “Win + R” to open Run dialog box. Type, ‘’services.msc’’ and click on OK button in order to open Windows Services.

Step 2. Scroll down the listed services and locate “WLAN AutoConfig” service from this list. Sometimes, it got disabled and you won’t get a Wireless Network List.

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Step 3. To make it Enabled, right-click on WLAN AutoConfig and select Properties.

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Step 4. Under General Tab, go to Startup type: and from the drop down, select Automatic. Then, click only Apply button. Now you see, under Services status, “Start” button is highlighted (was not before).

Click on the Start button to start Wireless Services. Congratulations! Wireless service has started now. Click OK button to close Wireless properties. Check the image carefully below:  

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Now check by clicking on the Wi-Fi icon. I am sure you will, you the Network list. If not, then, use Method 2 given below:

Method 2 –  Resetting Network Adapter

Step 1. If you are on Windows 10. To open Command Prompt (Admin), press “Win + X” and select Command Prompt (Admin).

Step 2. Now type following command:

netsh winsock reset

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Then, hit enter from your keyboard. You will get the message in next line is Successfully reset the Winsock Catalog.  “You must restart the computer in order to complete the reset”. If you see this message, that means we initiated the command successfully. Just need to restart your computer.

If above Methods doesn’t resolve your problem so far, then, use below method:

Method 3 –  Reinstall Network Controller Drivers

In case your Network Drive is outdated, so, you may get the problem with Network List. To reinstall Network Controller Driver, first, we need to uninstall it.

Step 1. Need to open Device Manager. Press “Win + R” to open Run dialog box. Type, “devmgmt.msc” and hit OK button to open Device Manager.

Step 2. Locate Network adapters. Expand and right-click on your wireless adapter, then, select Uninstall. It will start a quick un-installation process within and finish it in few seconds. Now, you just need to restart your computer. At the time of computer startup, it will install by default Network driver required for your computer.

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Now go and check your Network list. You will be getting certain networks. Select your network name and enter security key, if any. You are connected to wireless now.

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