How to Fix Limited Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues in Windows 8.1

How to Fix Limited Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues in Windows 8.1 Easily and Quickly

Jul. 03, 2015 11:12 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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"Since installing 8.1 Pro, I'm having issues with WiFi dropping internet connectivity and always showing "Limited" when clicking on the system tray icon. Is there any way to fix Limited Wi-Fi Connectivity Issues in Windows 8.1?"

Many Windows users have the same Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi limited connectivity problems that Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi shows "Limited" or "No Internet Access". In this article, consult the following repair and maintenance tips to fix limited or No connectivity Wi-Fi issues in Windows 8.1.

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Method 1: Reset TCP/IP Stack and Autotuning

Misconfigured TCP/IP settings might probably cause the issue of irresponsive Wi-Fi connection. Using the following three netsh commands in Windows 8 and 8.1  to reset or Auto tuned it through the Microsoft Windows own Net Shell utility (netsh.exe).

  • Open an admin-level command prompt in Desktop mode, type the following commands, and hit Enter after each command:
    netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
    netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled
    netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled
  • The command lines written above will stop the Windows to change the TCP Autotuning level on its own.

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Method 2: Wake up your Wi-Fi Adapter

Sometimes, the system is inculcated to turn off the Wi-Fi adapter, when idle. This might be the reason for your spoiled Wireless connection. So following steps below to check your Wi-Fi power Options.

  • Press Windows key + W on your keyboard to initiate Start search.
  • Type Network and Sharing Center in the search box and hit Enter to open its window.
  • In this window, choose your Wi-Fi network and the Wi-Fi Status screen will appear.
  • Click the Properties button near the lower left corner to open another window.

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  • In Wi-Fi Properties window, click on the button titled Configure.

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  • Go to the Power Management tab; uncheck the following option and click OK button.
    Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

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  • Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

Method 3: Revert Network Adapter Drivers

If you recently updated to Windows 8.1, it is informed that the Network Adapter drivers have already been updated with this major Windows update. Then a simple trick to revert the Network Adapter settings to an older version will work.

  • Go to Device Manager and in the list of driver categories, expand Network adapters to view items under it.
  • Right click the Wireless Connection and choose to Update Driver Software.
  • In the new screen appeared, click the option Browse my computer for driver software.

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  • Now click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.

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  • On Select Network Adapter screen, you will probably find more than one device drivers listed for this hardware.
  • Choose the one stating Manufacturer's name instead of Microsoft and click Next.

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  • Once the installation finishes, Restart your computer to take the effect.

Method 4: Reinstall Network Adapter

Already having the manufacturer's device drivers installed for network adapter rather than that of Microsoft but still has Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi limited connectivity issue? Try to uninstall and then reinstall the drivers.

  • Go to Device Manager and in the list of driver categories, expand Network adapters
  • Right click the item stating wireless connection and choose to Uninstall. Then restart the computer
  • After the restart, the system will automatically install the driver. If it doesn't, then go to Device Manager.
  • Right click username on the top of the list and choose to Scan for hardware changes. The system shall automatically recognize the missing drivers.
  • Following the instructions on Driver Software Installation wizard to set up network adapter.
  • Restart the computer once again and see if it works.

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Method 5: Enable Download over metered connections

If you're iPhone, Blackberry or Galaxy S4 as a mobile hotspot, follow step below to turn on Download over metered connections to see if it works.

  • Press Windows +w and type metered connections.
  • When following windows pops up, scroll down to Download over metered connection and Toggle the switch to turn On the option

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Method 6: Clear DNS Cache

DNS (Domain Name Server) Cache is a set of information kept by Windows operating system. It consists of translation entries from domain names to IP addresses. DNS cache may become polluted with invalid entries and hinder the usage of network. Clear this cache for operations to run smoothly.

  • Go to Command Prompt with Administrative rights
  • Type the command IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS and hit the Enter key
  • Type the command EXIT and hit Enter key to finish

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So we shared 6 tips for you to troubleshoot Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi limited connectivity issue. Besides these, you are also advised to check you cable of wireless router, connect the Wi-Fi with different devices to see if it is the problem of wireless router compatibility. After your Wi-Fi back to normal, you can use software like WiFi Password Recovery to check the security of your Wi-Fi network.

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