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Windows 10 network adapter is missing or not detected

 Windows 10 network adapter is missing or not detected

Windows 10 network adapter is missing or not detected

  Without a network adapter we cannot surf the Internet.  That's why when Windows 10 network adapter is missing or not detected, we start to worry.  But do not worry, the solution to this problem is not complicated at all.

  The thing to keep in mind is that the possible solutions to this problem can be many.  What is most recommended is that with a lot of patience, you will try both of the things which we will mention a little bit below.

  We'll show you how to fix Windows not detecting your network adapter

  It often happens that we cannot connect to a network due to a lack of a network adapter or some kind of related problem.  Finding the solution can be a bit complicated, because there is no definite solution for it.  What we will do is suggest the following solutions, which we will see in detail below.

     ° Uninstall the network adapter drivers.

    ° Show hidden devices.

    ° Network adapter troubleshooter.

     ° Restart the network.

    ° Clean the devices.

     ° Restore Winsock from CMD.

Windows 10 network adapter is missing or not detected

  Uninstall the network adapter drivers

  On many occasions when the network adapter is missing or not detected, the problem is with the drivers.  Simply put, uninstalling and then reinstalling it can fix a host of problems.  So, you have to follow the steps that you will see below.

      First we must click on "Start" and then type "Device Manager".

      Once the window opens, we will have to search for the “Network Adapters” category and click on the arrow icon that appears on the left side.

      Next we will right-click on the adapter that is causing the problems.

      Click "Uninstall device" and then "Uninstall".

  In case you don't want to uninstall it and want to try something else before proceeding to it.  You can try to update the driver from the same section.

  Network adapter not detected or lost in Windows 10

  Show hidden devices

  On several occasions, it may happen that Windows keeps network adapters hidden in Device Manager.  This can often cause one error or the other.  So we should proceed to show hidden devices, and doing it is very simple.

      We go to "Device Manager".

      Now we will have to click on View at the top of the window.

      Next, click on "Show hidden devices".

      Wait a few minutes and see if it works.

  Troubleshoot network problems

  Windows troubleshooting usually works fine here.  It's very easy, because the operating system will do it automatically.

      For this we will simply press "Windows + I" and then select "Update and Security".

      Next, we will have to click on Troubleshoot in the left column and we will choose Network Adapter in Find and fix other problems.

      Now you will have to run the troubleshooter and wait for it to finish checking.

  Restart the network

      We press "Windows + I" and we will select the "Network and Internet" section.

      Now we will have to make sure that 'Status' is selected in the left sidebar of the screen.

      Next, we will have to go down and choose Network Reset.

      What this will do is reinstall the network adapter drivers and reset everything to default.

  Clean the network device

  And no, we don't mean to flick it neatly.  What we are going to do is use the Command Prompt to proceed with this potential solution.

      We press Windows + R and type CMD.

      Now you have to enter the netcfg -d command and press “Enter.” Once done, we will simply have to restart the computer and the problem should be gone.

Windows 10 network adapter is missing or not detected

  Restore Winsock from CMD

  Another thing we can do is reset Winsock using Command Prompt.  It is very easy and safe.

      We open Command Prompt by pressing "Windows + R" and then typing "CMD".

      Next, you will have to enter the netsh Winsock reset command and press "Enter".

      Once the process is finished, the only thing left is to restart your computer.

  If none of the above works for you.  We recommend checking that your modem or router is in good condition.  If you have an active VPN, it is best to deactivate it, even to temporarily check that the problem is not the case.