You might have recently installed Windows 8 on your computer, and now you are trying to connect to a WiFi network. But you are not sure how to do it. Here are some tips to help you.
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Disable airplane mode:
When you’re not in the mood to talk to the computer, or you simply want to conserve battery life, turning off Airplane Mode is an effective way to do so.
Regardless of how you turn off Airplane Mode, it’s always a good idea to make a backup of your PC before doing anything drastic, such as rebooting. Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
To turn off Airplane mode, first, navigate to the Settings app. The shortcut key to get to Settings is the Windows button.
You can also open the Settings menu by typing “Settings” into the Windows search bar. Once in the Settings menu, you can use the gear icon to navigate to the Airplane mode options.
Turning off Airplane mode can be done from the Settings app or in a command prompt. However, you can’t do both at the same time.
For the more technically minded, you can also turn off Airplane mode by modifying a registry key. Depending on how your particular device works, this can be done by a simple right-click or by opening a new Window and then modifying the key.
Reinstall the LAN driver:
If your PC can’t connect to your wireless network, you may have to reinstall the LAN driver. This is an easy fix that can get your machine online in no time.
It’s a good idea to make sure you have the latest drivers installed, especially if your wireless card is new.
You can easily find updated drivers by using Windows Update. Then, all you have to do is follow these steps to install them.
First, open the Device Manager by pressing the Windows + ‘X’ key. Click the Network Adapters category and expand it. A new window will appear.
To the left of the window, you will see a number of options. In the Advanced tab, click Change adapter settings.
For the most part, this will just show you which drivers are compatible with your device. However, it does include a “scan for hardware changes” function. This is a great way to scan for outdated and missing drivers.
Next, open the Control Panel. From there, select “System” from the left pane. Next, click “System Protection.” By clicking on this option, Windows will create periodic restore points.
Troubleshoot a network adapter:
There are many reasons why a network adapter might be failing to connect to a wireless network. It could be a hardware problem or an issue with the driver. Regardless, there are several steps to fix the issue.
In order to troubleshoot a network adapter, you first need to make sure it is working correctly. This can be done by connecting the system to a client device, or to another system, if possible.
If you are having a problem with a physical connection, you need to examine the cable, router, and modem.
Another step is to check the hardware in Device Manager. The Device Manager is a tool that displays all the network devices that are connected to your PC.
When a network adapter is failing to work, you may need to reinstall the driver. This may solve the problem. However, if the adapter is not showing up in the device manager, it might be a hardware issue.
You can also run the Network Troubleshooter. This will run a diagnostic and look for errors.
Turn the wireless on or off:
If you are using Windows 8, you can turn the wireless on or off from the Settings app. You can also do this from the Charms bar. However, you should be logged in to your account to perform this.
Before you can start using a wireless network, you need to connect your device to a router or modem. Connecting the router or modem to the Internet requires a power source. Once you have connected, you can start using the Internet.
To turn the wireless on or off in Windows 8, you can open the Charms bar from the right side of the screen. The Settings gear icon will appear. Swipe the left or right-hand edge of the screen to open the Charms bar.
If you are using a desktop computer, you need to open the network connections window. Locate the wireless network adapter. Right-click the icon and select “Change Adapter Settings.”
A wireless network card icon will appear. You can right-click the icon and choose “View Available Wireless Networks” to see your wireless network options.
Alternatively, you can right-click the wireless connection and choose “Disable” from the context menu.