How to Restore Internet Access After a Windows 10 Update


Windows 10 network settings

If a Windows 10 update or other issue prevents you from getting online, this guide has steps to resolve common connection problems.

If you're having trouble connecting to the internet after a Windows 10 update, this guide walks you through a number of steps recommended by Microsoft to get back online. If you're having connection related issues that aren't related to an update or you aren't using Windows 10, many of these troubleshooting tips can be used on other versions of Windows.

The article is extensive and detailed and covers these troubleshooting techniques:

  • Restarting your computer
  • Checking the network configuration
  • Restarting a Wi-Fi connection
  • Disabling Airplane mode
  • Restarting the router
  • Using the Network troubleshooter
  • Resetting the network stack using Command Prompt
  • Resetting the network adapter
  • Updating the network adapter
  • Installing network adapter drivers
  • Rolling back network adapter drivers
  • Uninstalling network adapter drivers
  • Disabling security apps to fix network problems
  • Uninstalling a recent Windows update

The majority of these techniques are usable in previous versions of Windows in approximately the same locales. Some, like the command prompt, are still the same. These won't help if your router is having issues (like dropped signals and low connection speeds) but if it's a Windows issue, these tips will probably get you connected to the internet again.
If Windows 10 updates are disrupting your computer time, this small utility does an excellent job of managing them. It checks for updates and lets you choose which ones to install, as in previous versions of Windows. Microsoft is heading that way but until then, give Windows Automatic Updates Manager (WAU) a try. There are other update managers available but this one is my favorite by far.

How to get back online after a Windows 10 update breaks your internet access

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