Limited WiFi connection problem in Windows 10/8.1

Some Windows users are experiencing a strange problem. After installing Windows 10 or Windows 8.1, they observed that their device was showing ‘Limited Connectivity’ error in WiFi status and they couldn’t access the internet until re-connected.

I realized this is a common issue with Windows 8.1. In some cases, even resetting the device and starting over didn’t help. After following some forums, I thought of giving some suggestions, one of which I found on Answers.

Read: WiFi does not work after upgrading to Windows 10.

Limited WiFi connection

First create a system restore point. Then right-click the ‘Start’ button to access ‘Control Panel’ option and select it.

control panel

Next, chose ‘Device Manager’ option.

Device Manager

Next select ‘Network Adapters’ and under it, you will find a Wi-Fi controller listed. Select it.


Double-click the controller to open the adapter’s Property window and switch to ‘Drivers’ tab.

Limited WiFi

Next, click the ‘Disable’ button and hit ‘Ok’ to apply the changes. See if it helps. If it does not help, re-enable it and proceed to the next step.

If the above solution fails, try doing the following.

Open an admin-level command prompt in Desktop mode, type the following commands, and hit Enter after each command:

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled 
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled 
netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled

Then type the following and hit Enter, to verify that practically all the settings are disabled.

netsh int tcp show global

Finally, reboot your machine and see if this helps.

You may also try this:

Open Command Prompt as Administrator and run the following commands

sc config licensemanager type=own

Restart the computer and see if it has helped.

If it doesn’t help, you could also try the built-in Hardware and Devices troubleshooter and see if it helps.

This post will show you how to troubleshoot if your Windows can’t find wireless devices.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.