How to Fix Network Adapter Missing on Windows 10

Network adapter missing is a serious issue in Windows 10 and it happens quite a lot. Users in different forums have reported that this problem happens very often and sometimes they don’t know how to deal with it. If the network adapter is missing you will not be able to connect to the internet until it is solved. Luckily, this issue is not such a big problem and you can solve it by yourself very easily.

In this article, we will share with you some workaround solutions you can try right now to Fix Network Adapter Missing on Windows 10. If you go to Network Connections you will see the neither the Wireless Adapter nor the Network Adapter. When you click the Wireless icon on system tray there isn’t any device listed in order for you to connect to the internet. If you open Device Manager you won’t see the Network Adapter tab.

How to Fix Network Adapter Missing on Windows 10

The main cause of this problem seems to be the Network Adapter DriverIt might be outdated, incompatible with the operating system or simply corrupted. Have you recently made any changes to your computer OS such as installing a new one or upgrading from an old version of Windows?

If the answer is yes, then you should install the drivers again. Most of the time when you upgrade to a new operating system, the old drivers are incompatible. This is the first and foremost thing you should check, however it doesn’t mean that Network Adapter missing issue is caused by a problematic driver. Hence, we have to troubleshoot the issue and below you will learn how to do so.

Install/Update Network Adapter Driver

Open Run command. You can either go to Start > Run or press the Windows key + R. In the run dialogue box type “devmgmt.msc”. It will open device manager. Find Network Adapter and click on it to expand the list. Find the Wireless driver and right-click on it and then select Update Driver Software. From the options select “Search automatically for updated driver software”. It will search online and will update the driver automatically.

If this option doesn’t work and your computer doesn’t update the driver automatically then you should go to the manufacture website. From there, download the proper drivers for your computer. Download and install the latest drivers and reboot your computer.

Ensure your Windows new updates are installed

If you have upgraded to Windows 10 in the past few days, it probably needs to install the latest updates. When installing the Windows software, it requires some updates for full functionality. So here is how to make sure your Windows is up to date.

Open Update & Security. You can do this by pressing the Windows Key + I. Open Update & Security and click Check for Updates. The computer will automatically search for new updates and if any is available it will download it and install automatically. Once the updates are installed, simply reboot your computer.

Update Intel PROSet/Wireless Software

If you have installed the proper wireless driver for your device and also checked for Windows update and the problem is not solved you can try to update the Intel PROSet/Wireless Software. Sometimes an outdated driver can cause the Network Adapter Missing on Windows 10.

You should go here to download the latest version of PROSet/Wireless Software and install it on your computer. This software is very useful to manage your WiFi connections instead of Windows and if the latest version of this driver is not installed it can cause wireless network issues such as the wifi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration in windows 10.

Use command prompt to troubleshoot the issue

Open a command prompt window. Press Windows key + X and then select Command Prompt (Admin)

On the command prompt window that will open type this command ‘netcfg -s n

It will display a list of networking protocols. On that list look for DNI_DNE. If this is listed there type the following command “

reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /va /f

netcfg -v -u dni_dne

If you don’t see the DNI_DNE listed then run only this command: 

netcfg -v -u dni_dne

If you receive the error 0x80004002 while you run the above command then you need to delete the above key manually. Here is how to do it:

  • Press Windows key + R
  • Type Regedit and press Enter
  • Find the following Registry Key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3}
  • Delete this key and then again type “netcfg -v -u dni_dne command in cmd
  • Reboot the device to save changes.

Run Network Troubleshooter

Computers have an option where the machine troubleshoot every issue by itself and give you possible solutions. Even in this case, you can troubleshoot Network Adapter Missing issue on Windows 10. Find the Network icon on the bottom right corner of your screen and right-click on it. Choose the Troubleshoot problems option and follow the on-screen instructions.

Now press Windows key + W and type troubleshooting. Then press Enter. From there select “Network and Internet”. On the screen click on Network Adapter and follow on-screen instructions and hopefully it will fix Windows 10 Network Adapter Driver Missing.

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0 thoughts on “How to Fix Network Adapter Missing on Windows 10”

  1. I can’t get on net I don’t have Wireless in my computer
    I only have a wired connection it isn’t even picking up any of my internet connections under network adapter there’s nothing just Microsoft debug

    I can’t even put drivers on it for some reason the computer won’t let me it always fails says it can’t find network adapter
    I had to buy a new power supply also I have did system restore with Windows 10 now this originally came with w 7
    It let me run a realtek utility said no network adapter or deep sleep mode
    Should I just reinstall w 7 see if I have internet?

  2. Let me see if i can explain this to all of you really smart technically evolved people out there

    My dell optiplex 790 with windows 10 does not recognize my iphone hotspot. I need the hotspot to access the the internet. In my case without the hot spot my desktop pc is just an expensive word processor or would be if i could only download a MS office suite which i cant because i don’t have access to the internet because my pc refuses to see the iphone as it’s connection to the internet. So what leaves me, an ignorant barefoot, cornfed upcountry rube scratching my crotch and spitting on the front porch is why all of your handy dandy solutions invariably start with “go on line and…”

    I would think that someone out there in digital nirvana land would, just by probability alone, accidentally deduce that that approach isn’t going to work because as i mentioned before my desktop is either unable or unwilling to work and play nicely with the devise it needs to access said internet.

    Got another idea?

  3. As many of you I lost a lot of time looking for a solution. Finally what worked for me was setting a service to automatic (it was manual)

    Ctrl + alt + supr
    Task manager
    Look for one called “WlanSvc” and in the middle column “WLAN AutoConfig”
    When you find it, right click and start. You should see all the wireless connections showing up and not just the airplane shit.

    If you want to set it on automatic, right click and “open services” then properties on the same service.


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