Windows 10 is stuck in Airplane Mode

Some users have reported a weird issue with their systems where their Windows 10 computer gets stuck on Airplane mode. They are unable to deactivate the mode. This, in turn, means that they are unable to use the internet. The potential causes of the issue are faulty network drivers, bug with the Airplane mode, physical switch turned ON, etc. If you encounter this problem, your first approach should be to restart the computer.

Windows 10 is stuck in Airplane Mode

Airplane mode

If you are facing the issue where your Windows 10 is stuck on Airplane mode, try these suggestions to fix the issue:

  1. Check the status of Radio Management Service
  2. Flush DNS cache, etc.
  3. Update the Network drivers
  4. Turn OFF Airplane mode through system settings
  5. Turn OFF the physical switch for Airplane mode
  6. Edit the Registry.

Let us see these fixes in details.

1] Check the status of Radio Management Service

Windows 10 is stuck in Airplane Mode

This seemingly strange process seems to have helped many in resolving this issue. So you may try it and see if it helps you.

Press Win+R to open the Run window and type the command services.msc. Hit Enter to open the Services Manager window.

Right-click on the Radio Management Service and select Properties.

Change the Startup type to Disabled and click on Apply. Windows won’t let you disable the setting.

Restart the computer.

2] Flush DNS cache, etc.

Now Run CMD as administrator and execute the following commands:

ipconfig/release 

ipconfig/renew

ipconfig/flushdns

This will flush the DNS cache.

Did this help you?

3] Update the Network drivers

Update Wireless Network Drivers

In case the issue has been caused by outdated drivers, you could consider updating them as follows:

Press Win+R to open the Run window and type the command devmgmt.msc. Hit Enter to open the Device Manager.

Expand the list of Network adapters. Right-click on the network adapter and select Update Driver.

You could also consider installing the drivers from the manufacturer’s websites.

4] Turn OFF Airplane mode through System Settings

Turn OFF Airplane mode

If you are unable to turn OFF the Airplane mode through the Taskbar, try doing it through the system settings.

Search for airplane mode in Windows search bar.

Click on the option to open the Airplane mode settings.

Turn the switch for the Airplane mode to OFF.

5] Turn OFF the physical switch for Airplane mode

Some computers come with a physical switch to turn the Airplane mode ON or OFF. If this switch is ON, you wouldn’t be able to switch OFF the Airplane mode from the operating system, no matter what you try. Thus, you would need to switch OFF this physical switch before anything else.

6] Edit the Registry

Open the Registry Editor and navigate to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class

Modify the value of RadioEnable to 1.

See if this helps.

Let us know if this guide helped you.

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Karan Khanna is a passionate Windows 10 user who loves troubleshooting Windows problems in specific and writing about Microsoft technologies in general.

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