Windows 10 WIFI Will Not Turn/Stay On

February 22, 2019 at 16:08:02
Specs: Windows 10
Last night was online with a program and it crashed, as it normally does. Then my network on the laptop goes out. I checked my work computer and I was still on WIFI. I went looking and my WIFI was somehow switched off. I tried to turn it on, but it slides back to off. Windows own troubleshooting thing can not figure it out. I can use the NIC fine and am online.
I tried rebooting it. Disabling Microsoft Virtual network something. Cleaning out DNS, etc. WIFI will just not stay on out of the blue last night.
Any thoughts?
Thanks.

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#1
February 22, 2019 at 16:15:57
Never mind, let us hold off.... now it works.
I spent 24h on this. 4h tonight. All I did since this post was trying to boot into BIOS (F2 being a Dell) and I missed it so I just let it keep booting (been rebooted countless times tonight) and now all of the sudden, it works??
I was not doing FN-F2 when Windows was booted. Just F2 to get into my BIOS.
Now it just works after me trying to figure it out for 24h?
Guess just maybe posting the problem scared the laptop into working?

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#2
February 22, 2019 at 18:58:46
If it happens again,

I've worked on many HP laptops that do the same thing. If it happens again, go into the Device Manager and delete the wireless device, then reboot. 90% of the time it brought it back to life.


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#3
February 23, 2019 at 09:29:15
Sometimes something gets remembered in the motherboard components.

Note for the future that on Win 10 (unlike earlier systems) "Restart clears" things better than "shutting down and switching back on again".

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#4
February 23, 2019 at 13:03:22
Well, it turned off on its own again and will not turn back on.
Unless my OS got corrupted, I am thinking the WIFI card is dying.
???

THX, I will give that a shot and keep you posted.
Derek, I rebooted, and shutdown, many times. I can not find a pattern with getting the WIFI back up again. Just last night it ended up working out of the blue, even after several reboots, and shutdowns, since the night before.

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#5
February 23, 2019 at 15:06:41
If it's just the WiFi that won't start then you could be right about the hardware.

If it happens again try #2, also let us know if there are any errors showing in Device Manager.

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#6
February 24, 2019 at 06:54:23
Naw, no change. The card may be failing then.
I could do a reload out of boredom one day. At least I can NIC in, for now. :)

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#7
March 14, 2019 at 18:13:08
If it is a desktop machine, changing the Wifi card is not difficult or expensive.
Laptops are more difficult because they need to be OEM device and more work accessing.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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