Once you have set up the WiFi connection on your Windows 10 laptop or on a desktop computer with a WiFi adapter, it is expected that the WiFi adapter will connect automatically next time. However, if you find that Windows 10 does not connect to WiFi at startup and you need to connect manually, here's how to connect it automatically.
Windows 10 does not connect to WiFi at startup
There may be several reasons for this behavior. Therefore, unless you have recently changed the WiFi connection credentials, here is how you can automatically connect Windows 10 to WiFi:
- Opt-in for automatic connection
- Disable the option of saving energy on the Wifi adapter
- Adjust the power management settings of the Wifi adapter
- Delete Wlansvc files.
Make sure the power of the WiFi is sufficient for the laptop to detect and connect. If you have a weak signal, you may need to get closer to the router.
1) Opt-in for automatic connection
When you connect to a WiFi connection, a check box is available. When you select it, he will make sure to automatically connect to the wifi connection the next time he finds it. You may have forgotten to check the option.
- Click the Wifi or Internet connection icon in the system tray.
- This will open the list of networks. Connect to the one you want, then select it.
- Click the Properties link to open the properties of the network.
- In the Network Profile screen, enable the option that says Log in automatically when in range.
The next time you start your computer, it will connect automatically.
2) Disable the energy saving option on the Wifi adapter
When using a laptop, the option of Saving battery power from the Wifi adapter can turn off Wi-Fi when it is not in use or in standby mode . Here's how to change it
- Double-click the battery icon in the system tray. Then click the Battery Settings link.
- This will open the Battery section. Then click on Settings for Power and Standby.
- In the Power and Standby settings, locate the Additional Power Settings link on the right side. Click to open the power options.
- Then, for any selected plan, click Edit Plan Settings> Change Advanced Power Settings. Click to open.
- In the Power Options Advanced Settings window, look for Wireless Adapter Settings.
- Expand and you will have options; On battery and plugged.
- The default value is Average Energy Saving. You can change it to Maximum Performance or Low Energy Saving. The same, you can apply it for Plugged in the state.
That done, the Wifi should automatically connect to the existing network.
3) Adjust the power management settings of the Wifi adapter
- Use WIN + X + M to open the Device Manager.
- Expand the Network Adapters list, right-click your installed network adapter, and select Properties.
- Under Food Management, uncheck the box that says Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
If the reason is the power management, it will ensure that the operating system does not stop the Wifi connection. However, this usually happens when the battery is low.
4) Delete Wlansvc files
WLANSVC or WLAN Auto Config Service helps computers discover and connect to a wireless network. If the files where the existing networks are stored are corrupt, this can be a problem. Here's how you can update it:
- Type services.msc in the prompt and press Enter.
- In the Services snap-in, look for WLAN AutoConfig.
- Right-click and click Stop to stop the service.
- Using the File Explorer, navigate to C: ProgramData Microsoft Wlansvc Profiles Interfaces.
- Delete all the folders that it contains.
- Restart the AutoConfig WLAN service, and then reconnect to the networks.
I suggest some additional tips. You can try to update or reinstall network drivers, run Windows Network Troubleshooting, or remove and add an adapter again through Device Manager.
We hope these tips have been helpful to you and that you have been able to understand them clearly.