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Fix Windows 10 keeps dropping Wi-Fi connection intermittently

by Felix Omondi
Fix Windows 10 keeps dropping Wi-Fi connection intermittently

Despite the fact that Microsoft keeps shoving Windows 10 down our throats every waking day, the operating system is far from perfect. Personally, after upgrading from Windows 8.1, things at first went smoothly, then the regular upgrades came and went.

It was the Windows 10 April Update, followed by Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and somewhere along the way, I lost track of their names. These days I wake up to use my computer, and in some morning I get annoyed by the delays that come with the upgrades. Not that I know their names, but I do notice some things change with each consecutive update.

Intermittent Wi-Fi Internet connection

One of the annoying things I noticed with the Windows 10 Upgrades, is the Wi-Fi connection. The computer kept dropping the internet connection. At first, I thought it was a problem with the router, but all other devices (none Windows 10) were working just fine on the same wireless network. So it couldn’t be the router.

Use Windows Troubleshoot tool

Right click on the Wi-Fi icon on the taskbar tray, and select Troubleshoot Problems. A Windows Network Diagnostics window will open, and the system will attempt to detect and fix the problem. In most circumstances, this trick should fix the problem, but if it doesn’t go to the steps below that.

Fix Windows 10 keeps dropping Wi-Fi connection intermittently

Up-to-date Network Adapter?

Next, I check on the network adapter and if it is up-to-date. To do so, right click on Start > Device Manager.Fix Windows 10 keeps dropping Wi-Fi connection intermittently

Scroll down to Network adapters and right click to get a jumplist with Update Driver Software and let Windows find and download the latest driver from the manufacturer’s website. For some, this troubleshooting will fix the problem, but if it didn’t work for you, read on.

Disable Network Discovery

If you are still reading on, it might mean all the tricks mentioned above failed to work for you, and that’s okay as one trick in this list is bound to fix your issues. You might want to go to the Network and Sharing Center and click on the wireless network internet connection you are currently using.

Next click on Wireless Properties > General and disable the option for Look for other wireless networks while connected to this network found under the Connection tab.Fix Windows 10 keeps dropping Wi-Fi connection intermittently

Disable IPv6

Now that IPv4 addresses are getting exhausted, IPv6 was introduced to create more space (addresses). Though currently, they are both being used side-by-side by most online services. If you notice your computer keep dropping Wi-Fi internet connection, you could try disabling IPv6 under the WiFi Properties.Fix Windows 10 keeps dropping Wi-Fi connection intermittently

Note, disabling IPv6 will make some websites inaccessible, and you will not be able to create a workgroup.

Disable Bluetooth Discovery Mode

If you have Bluetooth discovery turned on, navigate to the (Bluetooth) settings and click on More Bluetooth options. There you will see the option for disabling Allow Bluetooth devices to find this PC located under the Discovery section.

One of the above tricks should fix your Wi-Fi internet connection dropping off intermittently. It never also hurts to reboot your computer, and before you begin any of the troubleshooting mentioned above. Try the simplest, restart your computer and should that fail, embark on the options mentioned above.

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