Fix Unidentified Network Error in Windows 10

“Unidentified network” is a common error encountered in Windows 10 when trying to establish a connection to a network. Go through the fixes mentioned below, implement them in any order you like and stop when you find your issue is resolved!

How to Fix Unidentified Network in Windows 10

Try any of the following measures to resolve “Unidentified Network Error” in your Windows computer.

1. Disable Airplane Mode

Flight Mode or airplane mode as you call it; it can disconnect you from all networks including the internet! Go to Settings > Home > Network & Internet > Airplane Mode. Turn it OFF if it is ON. 

You can also achieve this by clicking the Network icon on the taskbar. Once you click, if you find the Airplane mode, tap on it to switch it OFF.

2. Update Your Network Card Drivers

Go to Settings > Update and Security > View Additional Update. Click on it and install if there is any update pending. You must now restart the machine.

Else you can choose to download from an OEM website. Go to Device Manager > Network Adaptor. Now select any Adaptor and right click to reach Properties. Go to Driver and note the current “Driver Version”. Compare it to the latest version for the same adaptor on the Ethernet Adaptors or Wi-Fi Adaptor OEM website. Ensure you have the latest version.

Also, you can check with the router team, if the router needs an update on the firmware.

3. Disable Security software for some time

Your Antivirus or Firewall (or a recent upgrade to these), might be the culprit. Disable them to check if the network unidentified error is resolved. 

  1. VPN can be disabled
  2. Windows Firewall can be restored to default
  3. Any new security software or antivirus can be disabled

4. Disable Fast startup feature

The latest versions of Windows have a Fast Startup mode, which sometimes interferes with network access and causes the unidentified network error to show up. Disable to see it if resolves. Go to Power Options > Choose what the power button does > Click on ‘Change settings that are currently unavailable’ > Uncheck ‘Turn on fast startup’ > Reboot.

Else just perform a simple restart on the modem and router before you do the above. See if it works!

5. Switch DNS servers

Go to Network Connections > Right Click Ethernet or Wi-Fi > Properties > Internet Protocol Version 4. Set the Preferred DNS server to 8.8.8.8 and Alternate DNS server to 8.8.4.4

6. Run these Commands

Go to Command Prompt window with Admin Rights. Run these commands one by one, and reboot your computer once completed.

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

netsh winsock reset

netsh int ip reset

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled

netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled

netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled

netsh int tcp show global

7. Run Network Diagnosis

Go to built-in network troubleshooter for Windows 10. Go for a full check, or check only for some specific network adaptor. 

8. Change Ethernet Cable

Replace an ageing ethernet cable, or bypass the Wi-Fi adaptor by connecting directly to diagnose the Unidentified Network problem. Else you can try an external adaptor.

9. Set A Static IP Address

So, if your router cannot connect to a dynamic IP address, change to a static IP address.

To do this, just go to Network Connections, right click on (Ethernet or Wi-Fi) and click on Properties. Double click Internet Protocol Version 4. Select radial for ‘Use the following IP address’. Switch your IP address settings as others on the same network. Save and Exit.

I hope you were able to fix the Unidentified Network issue on your Windows computer with the help of your tutorial. Do share it with your friends on social media and leave your valuable comments below.

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