When you have difficulty connecting to a wireless network from a Windows laptop, try these Windows wireless troubleshooting tips. These tips should also work on a windows tablet.

Make sure the physical switch (or key combination) is activated. Otherwise try:

Disable and enable the adapter

  • Control Panel > Network Sharing Center > Change adapter settings
  • Power cycle through the key combo or physical switch

Renew the IP Address

  • Open command prompt (For Windows Vista, run as an administrator)
  • Type in ipconfig /release and hit ‘Enter'
  • Type in ipconfig /renew and hit ‘Enter'

Turn off IPv6

  • Control Panel > Network Sharing Center > Change adapter settings, right-click on Wireless Network Connection > Properties
  • Uncheck TCP/IPv6
  • Select IPv4 and click Properties
  • Make sure both Obtain IP address automatically and Obtain DNS automatically are checked. In addition under the Alternate Configuration tab, make sure Automatic private IP address is selected
  • Be sure to press OK to exit in order to save settings

Change Power Management Settings

  • Control Panel > Network Sharing Center > Change adapter settings, right-click on Wireless Network Connection > Properties
  • Click Configure
  • Go to the ‘Power Management’ tab and uncheck Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power

Other things to try

  • Temporarily turn off Anti-Virus or firewall (don't forget to eventually turn this back on).
  • Remove and re-add your wireless network settings.
  • Run a Winsock Reset.
  • If running Windows Vista, do the Disable Vista DHCP registry fix.
  • Reinstall the wireless NIC driver.

What other Windows wireless troubleshooting tasks do you do or is this list in your repertoire?

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