Fix for Windows 8.1 Wifi not Working

4 Jul

Twice now, since updating to Windows 8.1, Lawrence the Laptop has decided to randomly stop finding wireless network connections.  Both times, it suddenly turned all the wireless networks off, stopped finding any connections, and died.  Regardless of how many times I turned on the Bluetooth button, gone to “Wireless Settings” and re-started wireless, or  tried to update drivers, or re-started my laptop.  Wi-Fi just said it “cannot find any networks” and refused to cooperate.

Since I am assuming I’m not alone in experiencing the issue, I thought I would share the method I’ve found to fix the issue.  It has actually worked both times, so hopefully it might help you.  It involves manually disabling and enabling the Wi-Fi Device.

1. Open up the Control Panel (you can find this by searching for “control panel” under the Settings option).

2. From the Control Panel, choose “Network and Internet.”

3.  Open “Network and Sharing Center”  

4. On the left side of the center, you will see a list of options.  Choose “Change Adapter Settings.”

5. You should see three options: Bluetooth, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi.  Wi-Fi should have an ‘x’ and say something about it being disconnected.  Click the Wi-Fi option.  


6. You will now see a series of options appear on the top bar.  Choose “Disable this Network Device.”

7. This has disabled the wi-fi network.  Click the Wi-Fi option again. Now choose “Enable this Network Device.”

8. This should have fixed the problem (if it was the same problem I’m having)!


I know that a lot of people are having problems with 8.1 and the Wireless connections not working, and there are a lot of recommended fixes out there. I doubt the suggestion I’ve just laid out will fix all of these problems, so if it doesn’t help try Googling your question.  We’d appreciate it if you would share whatever works for you!  If my suggestion does help, please post the results in a comment so others know that it has worked.  


5 Responses to “Fix for Windows 8.1 Wifi not Working”

  1. Harold Delk at 11:30 am #

    I used to use Win 8.1 and used the same fix constantly, often muttering and complaining within earshot of my lovely wife. She found “the cure” for me and I have never had a problem since with my computer. Last Christmas she bought me an iMac; quite a surprise since I’d never used anything but PC’s all my life. Bottom line: I’m never coming back from the dark side … computing now is stress free and a joy. A bit of an expensive fix, but she loves me and I love her.

    • deceptivelyblonde at 11:45 am #

      😛 Yeah, I’ve thought about Macs. I just could never, ever afford them. This Windows 8.1 update though is driving me crazy. I don’t see any benefits (particularly), but there are a lot of problems.

      • Harold Delk at 3:04 pm #

        Yep, she’s a good woman for sure! And it is quite interesting being married to a professional writer/editor/creative director who is just plain fun to be with. She switched over totally to Mac about two years ago and kept urging me to do so as well. Once I no longer needed to develop databases I had no compelling reason not to do so, but kept putting it off thinking I’d eventually make 8.1 work correctly. This darned iMac runs fast, quiet, and handles everything I throw at it with ease. Eons ago I trained legal-beagles and their staffs how to use WordPerfect to run their law offices so was stuck in the Windows world. (Retirement brings more options.) Mostly doing photography and running some intensive Photoshop, Lightroom, and other applications that are quite demanding on the computer … no longer do I have to wait minutes for a graphic to render, an application to crash and burn, or minutes to boot up (which takes about 15 seconds now) … so when you have the money to buy new equipment take a long, hard look. BTW: Are you really moving to China to teach? Law career on hold? Inquiring minds want to know!

    • deceptivelyblonde at 11:45 am #

      That’s a good woman though 🙂 Best fix ever!

      • deceptivelyblonde at 11:11 pm #

        I get that about the law filing stuff ~ they still recommend that lawyers work off of Windows. I must admit I preferred Windows 7 myself. I have no use for the whole front page screen thing. I never ever go there. I just head straight to the desktop. That’s why I do so much with how to find things from the desktop, I”m kind of recreating Windows 7 on this laptop. Unfortunately, there are some problems that still crop up.

        And yes, I’m really moving to China to teach! I’ve officially been placed into the philosophy section. My understanding is that it is basically ethics (including law); however, it may just be basic Philo 101. I’ve studied both; so I am looking forwards to the classes!

        I don’t particularly like the work of day-to-day lawyers. After completing internships and working in court, I just hate the whole process. I’m more of a research/ideas type of person than a paper-filing girl. Having to always remember the deadlines and signatures and whether or not this judge has a reputation does not keep my mind interested and interactive. I need something that lets me learn and keep expanding my mind.

        I did enjoy interning with the company as in-house counsel, and I might have gone that way had I stuck to the actual practice.

        However, my heart and soul belongs to culture and history, it is why I went to law school in the first place. I wanted to help protect and preserve cultural items and historical places, as well as introducing the public the to awesome things that such artifacts can tell us.

        So I have decided to take the step into more of a research and consulting form of legal practice. I would like to help advise museums, art galleries, auction houses, artists, and buyers about what the law entails with regards to Cultural Heritage. I am also interested in researching and presenting information that demonstrates why history has impacted our cultural past (I’m currently working on a paper discussing ways in which the Chinese Exclusion Acts influenced modern relationships between China and the western nations). And ultimately, I am interested in working with the current legal institutions to develop a greater balance between introducing the public to their past and the world’s desire to move forward.

        And in the middle of all of that, I have decided to focus on Asian culture and China/South Korea’s interactions with the world in this area. So I’m off to China to teach Philosophy, learn Chinese, and study/develop my background in the area of Chinese history and culture. My goal is to have developed a reputation in the area of Chinese Cultural Heritage Laws sufficiently in about 5 years to have started work as a consultant and professor in that area. We’ll see how it goes!

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