How to fix the issue if the Windows is Not Showing Wireless Network List?

Wireless Network List Not Showing in Windows

Can’t you See Network List in your Windows? Have you ever been to the problem, in which your laptop not showing wireless network list or doesn’t show up any wireless network name?

If you click on wireless icon, it might shows you that No connections are available or No networks available.

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Although, your other wireless devices such as other laptop, tablet, smartphone is connected to the same network already.

That clearly shows the problem is with your computer not with your network or a router.

This generally happens in Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 computers. So, the fix given below will work on Windows 7 OS and later

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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 for you to fix this with an easy way. This happens only when there is an issue with Wireless Network Adapter.

Hereby, three (3) different methods are given below and one of them will 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 Enable it, right-click on WLAN AutoConfig and select Properties.


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Step 4. Under General Tab

  1. Go to Startup type: and from the drop down, select Automatic.
  2. Then, click only Apply button.
  3. Now you see, under Services status, Start button is highlighted (was not before).
  4. Click on the Start button to start Wireless Services.

    Congratulations! Wireless service has started now. Click OK button to close Wireless properties.

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Now check by clicking on the Wi-Fi icon. I am sure, now you can see the available networks in the network list.

If not yet then, use Method 2 below:

Method 2 –  Resetting Network Adapter

Step 1. Open Windows Command Prompt (Admin). Press Win + X (in Windows 10) 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

For instance, if network driver is outdated. It should create issues 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 and within few seconds it will finish.

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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.

[Read: How to Create a Network Connection Shortcut to Desktop?]

Now go and check your network list. Surely, now you will have available networks name in this list to connect. Select your network name and enter security key, if any.

You are connected to your wireless network now and ready to surf on internet.

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