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Windows 10 can cause serious issues after updating to a newer version of it. One of the main issues that were experienced by the users was the missing of the network adapter. Well if you’re experiencing the same issue, even though you haven’t updated your Windows 10 or its network driver, there can be many more reason through which this problem can occur. Missing of the network adapter is a serious issue which means that unless it is not resolved or fixed, you won’t be able to access internet connectivity. So, in this article, I will walk you through each method on how to fix the missing network adapter in Windows 10.

Before you start, I recommend you to create a System Restore point just in case anything went wrong.

How to create System Restore Point in Windows 10

So let’s start with the stepwise guide.

Method 1: Update Network Adapter Driver

Search Device Manager

From Windows search on the taskbar, click to type in Device Manager, as shown above. Now click to open Device Manager.

Update Network Driver

From Device Manager, click on the arrow to expand more options of Network adapters as shown above. Now right-click on Centrino wireless adapter (might be different in your case) and click on the Update driver option from the menu as shown above.

Search automatically from internet

Now from the Update Drivers of network driver windows, click on the Search automatically for updated driver software option as highlighted above, this will automatically search for the latest driver software and install it on your computer.

Method 2: Uninstall Network Adapter Device

Uninstall network device

From Device Manager, under Network adapters, right-click on the wireless adapter as shown above and click on the Uninstall device from the menu as shown above. Now if a warning message appears, just click yes to continue.

Note: Before uninstalling the device make sure you write down the name of the driver somewhere safe for the reference if you have to download and install it manually.

Now restart your laptop to see if you’re connected to the internet, if not, then this means Windows has not installed the device driver automatically.

Now you have to download and install the device driver manually, for that move to the PC where you have internet access and open up https://downloadcenter.intel.com/

open intel support website

After you’re directed to the Intel’s download center homepage as shown above.

search for network adapter

Now enter the device name that you had written down in the Product name or keyword search bar as shown above. Simply download and install the device driver, then restart your PC to see if it solves the issue.

Method 3: Update Windows For Software and Drivers

Open settings

From the Windows Start menu, click on the settings icon to open up Windows Settings as shown above.

open Update & security option

From Windows Settings, click on the Update & Security option as highlighted above.

Check for Updates

Now in Update & Security navigation pane, click on Windows Update as shown above. From Windows Update click on Check for updates button to see if there are any new updates for your Windows drivers and software.

Method 4: Install latest PROSet/Wireless Software

Download and install the latest version of Intel PROSet/Wireless software and drivers for Windows 10 because it is the third party software to run wireless internet on your Windows. PROSet/Wireless software often gets outdated and Windows do not update its driver automatically.

Download lates PROSet/wireless software

From your browser where you can access the internet, Go to Download PROSet/Wireless Software and download and install the latest version of the download available as highlighted above. You can download and install from 32 bit or 64 bit depending on the processor of your computer.

Install and reboot your PC to see if it has fixed the problem for you.

Method 5: Restore system files and settings

Search to open Control Panel

From Windows Search, type in Control Panel as shown above. Click to open up Control Panel that is listed under Best match as highlighted above.

All control panel items

Now from the Control Panel Windows click on the drop-down arrow from the address bar to expand the menu as shown above. From the menu click on the All Control Panel Items option as highlighted above.

Recovery option

Now from the Control panel items, click on the Recovery option as shown above.

Open system recovery

From the Advanced recovery tools, select the Open System Restore option as highlighted above.

System recovery recommended option

From the System Restore dialog box use the recommended settings and follow the instructions to undo recent system changes.

Method 6: Troubleshoot Network Adapter

Open windows settings

From Windows Start Menu, click on the Settings icon to open up Windows Settings as shown above.

Open Update & security settings

From Windows Settings, click on the Update & Security option as shown above.

Trobleshoot option

In the Update & Security navigation pane, click on the Troubleshoot option as highlighted above. Now from the Troubleshoot window scroll down till you find Network adapter option as shown above.

Run Troubleshoot on network adapter

Click on the Network Adapter option which will enable a Run the troubleshooter button for you as shown above. Simply click on the Run the troubleshooter button to open up a Diagnosis of Windows network adapter.

Method 7: Modify Network Protocols From Command Prompt

Search to open command prompt

From Windows search, type in Command prompt as shown above. Now right-click on the Command Prompt listed under Best match and click on the Run as administrator option from the menu as shown above.

Type in the command in cmd

From the Command prompt type in the following command:

netcfg –s n and hit Enter.

This will list down all the network adapters and protocols. Now from the list network Protocols find the DNI_DNE protocol. If found then enter the following command:

  • reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /va /f and hit Enter.
  • netcfg -v -u dni_dne and hit Enter.
type in command in cmd

If you didn’t find the DNI_DNE protocol then only type the following command:

  • netcfg -v -u dni_dne and hit Enter.

You can see the message that the dni_dne is not installed. And if you see an error message of 0x80004002 then you have to delete the above key manually from the System’s registry.

Open Run dialog box

From the desktop, press the Windows Key + R key simultaneously to open up a Run dialog box as shown above. In Open input field type in “regedit” and press OK button.

Paste the key in system registry editor address bar

Now copy and paste the following Key in Registry Editor Address bar as shown above.

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} and hit Enter. Locate and delete the key from registry.

Now move back to the Command prompt and type in the following command:

netcfg -v -u dni_dne and hit Enter.

Now exit the command prompt and restart the Windows to save the changes and to see if this has solved the network adapter issue.

That’s it! Hope it helped you to fix the missing Network adapter in Windows 10.

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