Fix WiFi greyed out issue on Windows laptops

In this guide learn how to Fix “WiFi greyed out “issue on Windows 10 laptops. Fix WiFi greyed out issue on Windows laptops This issue has posted and discussed on Microsoft Community. As we know laptop computers does have Wireless adapters inbuilt you don’t see it externally. However external Wireless USB adapters are available in the market. In this guide let me explain you how to fix Laptop Wireless greyed out issue on Windows 7 / 8/8.1/ and 10 operating systems.

What causing “WiFi greyed out” issue

You may see Wi-Fi Greyed out issue when below conditions are true.

  • Airplane mode turned on.
  • Incompatible drivers installed
  • Faulty Wireless network drivers
  • Faulty Antivirus / Firewall
  • Corrupted System Files and Services.
  • Corrupted Registry settings.
  • Faulty Wireless Network Adapter.

How to Fix WiFi greyed out issue on Windows

Note: Before making any changes in the computer, create a System Restore Point, so that you can restore back your computer to previous working state if something went wrong. Perform below methods, step by step and check if the issue is fixed after each step.

Method 1: Turn off Airplane mode – Turn of Wi-Fi.

When Airplane mode is turned on few services will be disabled including Internet, Bluetooth, GPS, Mobile Data, and NFC. Make sure you have not turned on Airplane mode, or disable and enable Airplane mode and turn on WiFi network.

To do that, Open Settings by clicking on Start menu and search as Settings > click on Network & Internet > Airplane Mode > Switch the Airplane button OFF as shown in the image.

Fix WiFi greyed out issue on Windows laptops

Or Click on Notification bar from bottom right corner of task bar, Click on Airplane mode box to turn it OFF.

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Method 2: Reset Wireless Network Adapter

Reset network options may bring back default network settings on Windows. If WiFi greyed out due to faulty network settings, this should fix the issue.

  • To do that Click on Start button, then select Settings Network & Internet  > Status Network reset.
  • On the Network reset screen, select Reset now > Yes to confirm and reboot the computer.

Method 3: Run Wireless network troubleshooter

The Network troubleshooter can help diagnose and fix common connection problems. Run Network troubleshooter and execute below commands to reset network components manually.

  • Click on Start menu > Settings > Network & Internet > Status.
  • Below Change your network settings, select Network troubleshooter.
  • Follow on screen instructions to complete the troubleshooter.

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Run below commands in Command prompt. Open command prompt with administrative privilege, type or paste below commands as it is and click enter.

  • netsh winsock reset
  • netsh int ip reset
  • ipconfig /release
  • ipconfig /renew
  • ipconfig /flushdns

Method 4: Roll back Wireless network Drivers

If you have incompatible drivers installed through Windows update or manually, roll back driver options can bring back the previous working drivers.

  • Click the Start menu, Search as “Control Panel,” and select “Network and Sharing Center.”
  • Click “Change Adapter Settings.”
  • Right Click on “Wireless Network Adapter” and click “Properties.”
  • Click “Configure.”
  • Click on the “Driver” tab.
  • Select “Roll Back Driver.”
  • Select “Yes” to confirm, and “Yes” to reboot the computer.

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Method 5: Update or Reinstall Wireless Network Drivers

You may face wifi greyed out issue even when wireless drivers corrupted, In this case update or reinstall drivers.

  • Press Windows and R keys together.
  • Type devmgmt.msc and press enter.
  • Right click on Wireless Network Adapter
  • Uninstall the network driver and Scan for hardware changes.
  • Follow this link to Best way to install or update drivers

Method 6: Restore Windows to Previous working state.

When you know WiFi greyed out issue is started recently, then you can restore your computer to the previous working condition.

To do that Press Start and R key together > type rstrui press enter > click on Next > Make sure Show more restore points is checked > Choose any restore point when you feel computer is working fine. > click Next follow on screen instructions to complete the restoration.

This may take few minutes, once the computer is rebooted, you should see restoration is completed successfully.

Method 7: Refresh or Reset Windows

Windows refresh or reset can repair corrupted system files and reset Windows permissions to default, this can fix WiFi greyed out issue.

To do that Go to Settings > Select “Update & security” >Click Recovery from the left pane > Click Get started under Reset this PC. Follow on screen instructions to complete the installation.

Note: If above steps did not help you, please visit laptop repair center to repair wireless hardware.

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