Having Windows 8 setup and configured you are ready to take off with the best of experience to enjoy both work and play. However as you begin to connect to your home or office Wi-Fi network you are welcomed by annoying errors and problems. Or you may face issues when trying to wirelessly browse the web, sharing a file, or streaming multimedia or other Internet content among other things. Such problems are common in nature and may arise due to missing software following an upgrade to Windows 8 from a previous version, firewall, wireless router, virus infection or other miscellaneous problems. Since it’s a necessity for you to take advantage of the Wi-Fi connection, you may like to give these workarounds a try to fix your Windows 8 Wi-Fi problems.
Perform one step at a time to check whether the problem has been fixed or not. Provided that a step doesn’t solve your problem, move on to the next step.
Disable the Airplane Mode in your Windows 8 and then try to connect. The Airplane Mode in Windows 8 was introduced to help users disable their network connections in order to save the battery life (in laptops) or power (in desktops) and data connection usage. Since the Airplane Mode disables the network radios in that particular area, it may cause problem with your Wi-Fi connection. By disabling this mode you can regain access to your Wi-Fi network. To disable the Airplane Mode in Windows 8, press the Windows + C keys together on the keyboard to bring up the “Charms” bar, select “Settings”, click “Networks”, and toggle the “Airplane mode” button to “Off”. Reconnect to your Wi-Fi network to check whether you can connect and browse.
Download and install the latest updated related to your wireless router drivers, wireless card, computer and other devices like DSL modem. To look for Windows updates, press the “Windows” key on the keyboard and start typing “Windows Update” in the Search bar. Click “Windows Update” from the left hand pane in search results. Windows Update will now begin to check for the available updates. Make sure that you are connected to the Internet otherwise Windows Update will fail to check for updates. Install all the required updates with due admin permissions to avoid conflicts and errors.
Uninstall and reinstall Windows 8 drivers as some of them may not be loading properly. Open “Device Manager” and uninstall the devices listed in there. Press the “Windows” key and start typing “Device Manager” in the “Search” box and hit “Enter”. Open “Device Manager” from the search results. If prompted, enter your Windows 8 admin password and click “Continue”. On the “Device Manager” window, right click a device and then select “Uninstall”. When prompted, confirm the action by selecting “Delete the driver software for this device”. You can continue to uninstall driver software for other possibly malfunctioning devices and then reinstall the latest ones from their manufacturer’s website. Make sure that you individually install driver software for each of the device and run it with admin permissions.
P.S. If Windows 8 drivers are not available for download, you can download and install Windows 7 drivers in the “Compatibility Mode” to fix Windows 8 driver problems.
Run the automated Network Troubleshooter to help diagnose and fix the Windows 8 Wi-Fi problems. To run the troubleshooter, press the “Windows” key and start typing “Network Troubleshooter” in the Search bar. Run the automated troubleshooter and it should help fix the problem. Provided that the troubleshooter is not able to fix the problem itself, it may indicate a possible solution for you to check.
Reboot the router, Windows 8 computer, and your DSL modem. If you have connected any access point or switch etc., reboot it too. Let the devices complete the power cycle. When done, locate your Wi-Fi network and then connect to it.
Make sure that your wireless network adapter is not disabled. If it’s disabled, re-enable it to fix the wireless problems. Right click the network icon in the system tray, select “Open Network and Sharing Center”, and then click “Change Adapter Settings”. Now right click your wireless network adapter and then enable it if it shows disabled.
Disable the Ethernet port on your computer and then try to connect to your wireless network again. This method is meant to force your computer to use wireless by disabling the Ethernet connection. This should work for most of the computers with an Ethernet port connection.
Modify your wireless network settings by changing the channel number and the encryption type to WEP from WPA-PSK (though it’s not secure but if you are completely unable to connect to your Wi-Fi then you can opt for it). Disable the router firewall (if it’s enabled) and also Windows Firewall. Once disabled, you should be able to connect to your Wi-Fi network.