Lỗi wireless capability is turned off

So, you couldn’t connect to the Wi-Fi network; you ran the Troubleshooter, & windows informed you that the reason for your “no Wi-Fi” situation is that the wireless capability is turned off?

We’ve got you covered!

The error message “Wireless Capability Is Turned Off” is not uncommon. It is more associated with laptops than desktop PC users. In most cases, it will result from Windows power nguồn management settings, but it can also occur due to lớn other reasons. There is no need khổng lồ worry about this error because it is usually easy lớn fix.

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Let’s show you how.

Power Management settings

Windows power management settings exist lớn reduce power nguồn consumption, preserve components và extend working hours on battery if you’re using the laptop. However, in some cases, nguồn management can vị a thing or two behind your back và give you a bit of a headache, especially if you don’t know what’s going on. 

Turning off wireless network adapter lớn reduce power nguồn consumption is one of those things. Fortunately, it is a problem you will solve with just a few clicks.

Open Network Connections.Right-click on your wireless connection and select Properties.Click on “Configure” below the name of the wireless adapterSwitch khổng lồ the Power Management tab.Uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to lớn save power.”Click OK.

Just in case, restart the computer và see if it worked. If it didn’t work và you’re still getting the same error message, proceed lớn the next option.

Wireless is turned off in Windows Mobility Center

Type in “Windows mobility center” in the windows search bar and run the app. If the wireless is turned off, turn it back on.

Wireless is turned off on the keyboard

Check if you’ve unintentionally turned the wireless off your keyboard (God knows I’ve done that more than a few times on my laptops).


Look at the function keys on the keyboard. Try to lớn spot the key with the picture of the antenna. Depending on the make và model, it could be on the F2, F5, or some other key, but it will usually be in the vị trí cao nhất row và activated in combination with the Fn key on the keyboard.

Try khổng lồ activate-deactivate wireless using a keyboard. If this doesn’t fix the problem and you have already turned off power nguồn management, your situation is caused by the network adapter drivers or the adapter itself. 

First, let’s check the drivers.

The wireless network adapter driver is missing or corrupt

In some cases, your network drivers may become corrupt or outdated, & you’ll need to update or replace them to lớn fix the issue of having Wireless capability turned off.

To update or replace the network adapter drivers, you’ll need lớn access the device manager.

You can vì chưng this by right-clicking on the Windows button or pressing Windows+X on the keyboard, and clicking on the Device Manager.

Once you mở cửa the device manager, look for Network adapters on the left và click on the name to lớn expand the list. Right-click on the name of your wireless adapter & then click on the Update driver.

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Since you’re not connected lớn the internet at this point, you’ll have khổng lồ select the “Search my computer for drivers” option.

In the new window, select “Let me pick from a danh mục of available drivers on my computer.”

Check the box next to lớn “Show compatible hardware” và click Next.

Once the PC completes the update, you should have your Wi-Fi capability restored. If not, there are two other possible solutions left;

There is an error in BIOS, and you’ll need to lớn update it in order khổng lồ fix the problem.The wireless network controller is broken.

We will explain how lớn update the BIOS, but we recommend leaving the update process lớn the professional since many things can go wrong if you don’t vày it properly.

Perform a BIOS update

If you’re using a laptop, go lớn the manufacturer’s trang web using a different computer and find the latest BIOS version for your device. 

Download that BIOS version & copy it lớn the USB drive.

Plug the USB into the máy tính xách tay and restart the computer. You’ll be able khổng lồ update the BIOS from the thực đơn that will pop up on the screen.


In case you are having a problem with the wireless adapter on the desktop computer, you will do the same process. Still, you’ll find the latest BIOS version on the motherboard’s manufacturer website.

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The wireless network adapter is broken

If every step above didn’t produce a positive result, there could be a problem with the adapter itself. There is not much you can bởi vì at this point, other than to bring the computer to the service & hope for the best.

We hope this article was helpful & see you soon!


The “Wireless capability is turned off” is quite a common error message when you perform the Network connection troubleshooter. It is more frequent on laptops than on desktop computers.

There are several causes that can make this error message appear. The most common one is power management settings & ability khổng lồ turn off the network adapter lớn preserve the battery. It’s also quite usual for people to turn off the wireless capability by accident, using the keyboard shortcut found on most laptops.

If your wireless capability issue is not caused by the power management or misuse of the keyboard shortcut, the problem can usually be pinned to the wireless network controller or the drivers required for normal operations.


Hey, I’m David. I’ve been working as a wireless network engineer và a network administrator for 15 years. During my studies, I also worked as an ISP field technician – that’s when I met Jeremy. 

I hold a bachelor’s degree in network engineering và a master’s degree in computer science & engineering. I’m also a Cisco-certified service provider. 

In my professional career, I worked for router/modem manufacturers & internet providers. I like to think that I’m good at explaining network-related issues in simple terms. That’s exactly what I’m doing on this website – I’m making simple và easy-to-follow guides on how khổng lồ install, set up, và troubleshoot your networking hardware. I also reviews new network equipment – modems, gateways, switches, routers, extenders, mesh systems, cables, etc. 

My goal is to lớn help regular users with their everyday network issues, educate them, & make them less scared of their equipment. In my articles, you can find tips on what to lớn look for when buying new networking hardware, and how to lớn adjust your network settings to lớn get the most out of your wi-fi. 

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