In Windows 8.1, several bug fixes and improvements were introduced compared to its predecessor, Windows 8. However, users encountered persistent issues, particularly in connecting to Wi-Fi networks. This problem often manifests as a 'Can’t connect to this network' error, leading to limited connectivity where internet access becomes unavailable.
For some users, this issue has been persistent since the launch of Windows 8, and it appears that it has not been entirely resolved in Windows 8.1. The error commonly occurs during the connection process, displaying the 'Can’t connect to this network' message, and subsequently transitioning to limited connectivity.
The origins of this error seem to be twofold, arising either from the Wi-Fi security type or incorrect IP configuration on the user's PC. If the Wi-Fi network employs WEP security, encountering the 'Can’t connect to this network' error is more likely.
To address this issue, several methods can be employed, including resetting the Wi-Fi connection, restarting the PC, and utilizing Windows diagnostics.
- Method 1: Press the 'Forget Network' button after encountering the error. This action removes the network history from both the PC and the associated Microsoft account.
Once you have pressed the ‘Forget Network’ button, you will have to re-enter your Wi-Fi network details. But, this time you will be able connect to this network without any error.
- Method 2: Restart Your PC
- Restarting your PC can resolve the 'Can’t connect to this network' error, especially if it was caused by a misconfiguration of your IP settings. A simple restart will reset the IP settings, potentially resolving the issue.
- Method 3: Use Windows Network Diagnostic Tool
- Navigate to the Start Screen by pressing the Windows key on your tablet or keyboard.
- Type 'identify and repair network problems' while on the Start Screen. The results will display 'Identify and repair network problems.' Click on it.
- The Windows network diagnostic tool will scan your network connection and PC for errors. If any issues are detected, the tool will attempt to fix them. This tool is effective in identifying and resolving various errors that may be causing connectivity problems.
- Method 4: Reset or Restart Wi-Fi Router
- If the 'Windows Network Diagnostics' tool cannot resolve the network error, the issue might be with your Wi-Fi router. Resetting or restarting your Wi-Fi router could potentially solve the problem. This action helps address any router-related issues that may be affecting the connection.
So, were you able to solve the Wi-Fi connectivity error？