Use Wired connection instead of Wireless connection in Windows 8 / 7

In this tutorial we will see how we can change the priority of Network Connections in Windows 8 or Windows 7 and make them follow a desired connection order. You can make Windows 8 use Wired connection instead of Wireless connection.

When you start your laptop, if there is a wireless connection available, your Windows laptop will connect to the Wi-Fi connection. Even if you connect to a wired connection, the usage will continue to be from the Wi-Fi connection. This is because, when more than one network connection is available, Windows uses the one with the lowest metric value.

Use Wired connection instead of Wireless

To change the Network Connection Priority, open Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections.

Alternatively, if you are unable to find it, just open Control Panel and type Network Connections in the search box and press Enter. Under Network and Sharing Center, you will see View network connections. Click on it to open the following window.

Now click on the Alt key to make the Menu bar appear.


Click on Advanced Settings. This will open its Properties box.


Under the Adapters and Bindings tab, you will see the list of connection and their order in which they are accessed by Network Connections and other related Windows services. The default is Wi-Fi, Ethernet and then Remote Access. The Network Connections service manages objects in the Network and Dial-Up Connections folder, in which you can view both local area network and remote connections.

Using the Up and Down arrows, you can change their order, and set it according to your priority. When you change the setting as shown above and make Ethernet as the first choice, your laptop will use the wired connection first by choice.

Click OK and Exit.

Your Windows PC will now follow this order of priority when detecting available network connections.

Tomorrow we will see how to view and change the priority of Wireless Networks in Windows 8 using CMD.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • PilotOdyssey .

    “To change the Network Connection Priority, open Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections.”

    In Windows 8 their is no “Network Connections.” so your tutorial is a fail at the first step.

    Please revise this tutorial or remove the windows 8 so people dont waste their time.

    All I want to do is try my lan connection in win8 to see if my wifi is a problem like the router mfg claims the good ole boys at MS FORCE me to use wifi for some reason.

    Been using windows since win3.0 and it gets harder and dumber with every upgrade they make I am sure it all makes sense to them since they all have been to college to learn computers and trained professionally.

  • Anand Khanse

    Sorry to have to say this, but you are FAIL! :D
    It is very much there and the screen shot is from my Windows 8. Click on View Network Connections to see this setting.

  • aaa11111

    I’m experiencing the same problem as PilotOdyssey. There is not Network Connections in Windows 8

  • PilotOdyssey

    I open Control Panel then click on “Network and Internet” their IS NO “Network Connections” so I go up to the “search” and cut and paste in “Network Connections” it returns nothing your tutorial is a FAIL!

    I strongly suggest you go try it on another computer chances are your seeing it on your computer for some stupid reason you forgot you changed something that others have not changed, I have tried finding “Network Connections” on 6 different computers so far with the same result NO “Network Connections” so its a FAIL on 7 computers now.

    One thing is for sure win8 is a POS and I can see why nobody likes it with every new version windows gets worse not better, I guess if every user went to MS college for 4 years it might make sense.

    I pick up a 79.00 tablet with android and do everything I ever wanted to do on a computer with ease its all self explainatory, NEVER a reason to even check “Network Connections” my network is 100% automatic and never fails me like the POS win 8 with settings people cant find and describe to others so they can figure it out.

    Thanks again for the FAIL!

  • Anand Khanse

    It is very much there on my Windows 8.1. Just open Control Panel and search for Network Connections. The screenshots you see are from my Windows 8. :)

  • Anand Khanse

    Too bad you have such an attitude problem of blaming your incompetencies on others. The screenshots you see are from my Windows 8, and I have confirmed it exists on my Windows 8.1. If your tone was a little requesting, I might have helped you further – but I suggest you find help elsewhere.

    Have a nice day!

  • Eric Parker

    I like your article. It helped me out. Thank you.

  • Edwin Hiu Aline

    You may want to know that your instructions work for Windows 10 also. Thank you.

  • Anand Khanse

    Thanks for confirming this Edwin. I guess most tips and tutorials for Windows 8 / 7, will work for Windows 10 too. :)

  • Panikos Constantinou

    Tried it on windows 8, 8.1 and 10.. It’s there! Thank you very much!



  • zahoor sakharkar

    wow this really helped after messing about for months. In win 7 go to control panel/network and sharing centre/change adapter settings and you will in the top image where this tutorial starts. Thank you very much.

  • CEdwards

    Hey, I found everything ok until it got to the point where I couldn’t find the “ethernet” option.

  • ronnie

    great thanks so much. Key advice for those that cannot find ‘network connection’ its under ‘view network connections’ and then the ALT is the kicker. Mine was hiding until i view…then Alt. thanks so much.

  • Devron

    But what if I dont have the option of Ethernet? I have only Wi-Fi and [Remote Access Connection]

  • Anonymous

    Just go to Adapter Settings, then press alt, etc. He was right…

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