Network Connection

How to fix ‘Unidentified Network’ error on Windows 10

If you can't connect online, use this guide to reset your network adapter on Windows 10.

Fixing Unidentified Network error on Windows 10

On Windows 10, network connections using a Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter are very reliable, but there will come the time when you may come across connectivity problems not letting you access the internet.

Although when we talk about networking there are many factors that could be affecting your connection, most of the time, when you’re having these kinds of problems, you’ll see an error like “Unidentified Network” or “Local connection only” that can be solved using a few commands.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset your Wi-Fi or Ethernet (wired) connection to fix the Unidentified Network issue on Windows 10.

How to fix ‘Unidentified Network’ error

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the result, and select Run as an Administrator.

  3. Type the following commands to reset the WinSock, which is the network software in Windows 10, and press Enter on each line:

    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset

    Netsh command
    Netsh command
  4. Type the following command to reset the DNS information stored on your computer and press Enter:

    Ipconfig /flushdns

    IPConfig command
    IPConfig command
  5. Restart your computer to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, you should be able to connect again to the internet. Remember that you’ll need to re-enter the password to connect to your Wi-Fi network as this information gets reset with the steps mentioned above.

If the problem persists, you can also try using the “Network Reset” feature in the Settings app to reset all your adapters.

In the case you’re having an issue with the network adapter driver, you can use this guide to reinstall your adapter driver.

Did these steps fix your connection to the internet on Windows 10? Tell us in the comments below.