However, even Intel’s reliable WiFi adapters can fail, and when that happens, the device won’t show in the Network Adapters section.
The Intel WiFi adapter not showing up issue may be temporary, and today we’ll show you a few ways to troubleshoot the problem.
- The Intel WiFi adapter is not found error is usually caused by outdated drivers, so updating your drivers is a good first step.
- You can try uninstalling and reinstalling your WiFi adapter as well, as sometimes that helps.
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Check Intel WiFi Adapter driver
- Right-click the network icon on the taskbar and choose Open Network and Sharing Center (Windows 7) or View network status and tasks (Windows 8).
- Navigate to the Change adapter settings option.
- Right-click your Intel WiFi adapter and choose Update driver.
- Select Search for drivers in Windows Update.
- If an update is available, install it.
Uninstall the driver and reinstall it
Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Select Device Manager from the list.
When Device Manager opens, locate your Intel WiFi adapter on the list. Right-click it and choose Uninstall device from the menu.
- When the confirmation dialog opens, click Uninstall.
- After the app is uninstalled, restart your Windows 10 device.
- Download the latest version of Intel WiFi driver for your device
- Install it
Update your Intel WiFi adapter driver
- Right-click on the Start button.
- Select Device Manager.
- Expand Intel WiFi adapter.
- Right-click on Intel WiFi adapter and select Update drivers.
Check your BIOS
- The Intel WiFi Adapter Not Found error might be a result of a BIOS settings conflict.
- So, check the BIOS settings for appropriate Intel WiFi Adapter settings.
- Disable the on-board WiFi device
The Intel WiFi Adapter Not Found error might also be caused by an incompatible on-board WiFi device.
- So, first disable the on-board WiFi device.
- Then install an Intel WiFi Adapter.
Remove and reinstall Intel WiFi adapter
- To do this, right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager.
- Expand the Network Adapters section, right-click on the Intel WiFi adapter and select Uninstall device.
- If prompted, follow the on-screen instructions to uninstall the driver.
- Reboot your computer.
- After the computer restarts, plug the WiFi adapter back.
- Right-click on the Start button and select Device Manager.
- Expand the Network Adapters section, right-click on the Intel WiFi adapter and select Update driver.
- Select the Search automatically for drivers option.
- Wait for the driver to be installed.
Change your Wi-Fi/wireless network name
- Connect the WiFi adapter to your router.
- Open your router’s admin page.
- Locate the wireless network name and change it if needed.
- Restart your computer and try to connect your WiFi adapter again.