[Fix] Windows 10 Does Not Show Available Wi-Fi Networks (SSID)

Your Windows 10 computer may not show available Wi-Fi Networks (No Wi-Fi Networks Found) sometimes after installing a feature update. Many of the users have reported that they are unable to search and discover new Wi-Fi access points after going through the Fall Creators Update. However, this issue still exists in computers running v1809 which is the latest Windows 10 build as of this post.

Welcome to the Windows-land where the “mandatory updates” and “security patches” would more often than not, make your life harder by either messing up or not showing something. One of the rather recent additions to the list is the Wi-Fi problem.

In some cases the command netsh wlan show networks (from a Command Prompt window) may show the list of available Wi-Fi access points (SSIDs) correctly, but the GUI may indicate no wireless networks are available. Despite this problem, the Lock Screen may show the list of available Wi-Fi networks and you should be able to choose the network you want to connect via the Wi-Fi icon in the bottom right corner. The “missing Wi-Fi networks” problem may be seen only for logged in users.

So, here is the comprehensive list for troubleshooting which if followed properly should make Windows 10 show all available Wi-Fi networks in your vicinity.

Windows 10 Does Not Show Available Wi-Fi Networks (SSID)

Step 1: Turn on the network discovery

Most of the users stated that they are having difficulties connecting to the current networks; it, in fact, won’t show anything at all. So, let’s start the investigation by checking the Network discovery options.

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click “Network and Internet” which will lead you to the “Network and Sharing Center”.
  3. Click the “Change advanced sharing settings” in the left-hand top corner.
  4. You should now be on a page with a heading “Change sharing options for different network profiles”. Among many others, there should be a section named “Network discovery” around the top. Make sure it’s active; if it is not currently, click on the “Turn on network discovery” radio button.
    turn on network discovery - wi-fi networks not showing
  5. Click “Save changes” in the bottom.

Check if the problem is fixed or not. If it’s still there, go to the next section.

Step 2: Turn on the Network Discovery for all network profiles:

We are going to turn on the Network discovery for all the networks this time. This time a slight bit differently though.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt. Right-click Start and select Command Prompt (Admin), or type “cmd” in the search box in the taskbar, right-click the Command Prompt search result and choose “Run as administrator”. For more information, see how to open an administrator Command Prompt.
  2. Type in the following command and press ENTER:
    netsh advfirewall firewall set rule group="Network Discovery" new enable=Yes
  3. Close the command prompt after successfully executing the command.

This should eliminate any network problem that you had previously. If it’s still there bothering you then it implies that there might be something wrong with the drivers.



Step 3: Check your Services configuration

  1. Right-click Start, and click Run.
  2. Type in services.msc and click OK.
  3. Make sure that the following services are running, and the startup type is correctly set:
    • Network Location Awareness (Automatic)
    • Network List Service (Manual)
    • Windows Event Log (Automatic)
    • Windows Update (Manual)
  4. After verifying and fixing the Service configuration, close the Services console.

For more information, check out article Windows 10 Default Services Configuration.

Step 4: Update the Wi-Fi network card (WLAN) drivers

Now that we know that the visibility is not the villain, this time let’s focus our attention towards the drivers. There might be the possibility that the current version of the network drivers is not compatible with the Windows 10 resulting in this weird event.

  1. Head over to the manufacturer website of your network adapter and download the appropriate version. It most often comes in the form of an archive (.zip or .rar format).
  2. Right-click Start, and click “Device Manager”.
  3. Expand the “Network adapters” option.
  4. Find your Wi-Fi adapter, right click on it and choose the “Update Driver Software…” option. Also make sure that the Wi-Fi network adapter is not in a disabled state.
    update wifi wlan adapter drivers - wi-fi networks not showing
  5. Click “Browse my computer for driver software” option and locate the downloaded driver file from the explorer when prompted.

If everything goes well your network drivers should be updated successfully and the problem would be history by now. If it’s still present, follow on.

Step 5: Remove the Outdated VPN software entry in the registry

This is a known issue that is mostly caused by some outdated VPN software. But before you even think about going to step 1, it’s strictly advised that you take a registry backup as it may mess up the system in the worst-case scenario.

  1. Open an elevated or Admin Command Prompt as explained earlier.
  2. Type the following command in the window and hit Enter:
    netcfg -s n
  3. This will show a list of networking protocols, drivers and services. Check to see if DNI_DNE is listed in the output. This component is related to an outdated Cisco VPN client.
  4. If DNI_DNE is listed, then type/run the following commands to uninstall the components.
    reg delete HKCR\CLSID\{988248f3-a1ad-49bf-9170-676cbbc36ba3} /va /f
  5. Now type the following command and press ENTER:
    netcfg -v -u dni_dne
  6. Exit the command prompt window and restart Windows. You should now have access to all the Wi-Fi access points in range.

Hope that was helpful. Let us know whether you were able to make Windows 10 show all available Wi-Fi network (SSID) successfully using the above methods. Lets you know feedback in the Comments section below.


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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

4 thoughts on “[Fix] Windows 10 Does Not Show Available Wi-Fi Networks (SSID)”

  1. Thank you! In my case, “network list service” has been disabled on my PC after an international trip. I spent days before found this solution here.

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