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Fix Limited Or No Connectivity (No Internet Access) In Windows 10

If you are using Wifi or wired Ethernet to connect to the Internet, you would have come across a warning showing “Limited or no connectivity” or “No Internet access” in Windows 10 or also in Windows 8/8.1. Most of the times this is legitimate and shows that the network is connected while the computer can’t connect to the Internet. But sometimes this can be a false positive.

In this article we will discuss some scenarios to fix limited or no connectivity error in Windows 10.

Checking the network configuration

First things first, you should check the network configuration of your computer by going to Network Connections in Control Panel. Follow the steps below:

  1. You can directly open the Network Connections by Run –> ncpa.cpl.
  2. Double click the connection you want to check.
  3. Open Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IP) properties
  4. Make sure everything is set to DHCP (If you are using DHCP in your network). Otherwise check your static configuration.
    TCP IP Configuration Windows 10
  5. You should especially check the DNS configuration.
  6. Change the DNS IPs to 8.8.4.4 and 8.8.8.8 (Google DNS) and check if you get rid of the limited connectivity error.

I’m getting limited or no connectivity but I can connect to the Internet

This means that Windows is not able to detect the Internet properly or there is a problem with the network stack. To reset the network stack to a clean state, follow the instructions below:

  1. Open command prompt with administrative privileges (Windows Key + X + A)
  2. Run the following command:
    netsh winsock reset
  3. This should reset the winsock to a clean state. Now restart your computer and check if your problem has been resolved.

Resetting the IP stack

If the above command does not fix the problem, then you will need to reset the TCP/IP stack. Here’s the command to reset TCP/IP:

netsh int ip reset

This should fix your limited or no connectivity error in Windows 10. The same commands can be used for Windows 8 and even Windows 7. Please let us know if you are still having problems. We’ll dig down the problem for a unique solution for you.

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About the author: Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching. Reach him at Twitter @usmank11

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Koranteng Edward April 26, 2019, 6:37 PM

    This article is absolutely correct.
    Good work done Senior.

  • Gary February 10, 2018, 8:05 PM

    Excellent guide. Helped me sort out a DNS issue in a critical situation. 5 stars!

  • Alexandar November 12, 2017, 2:28 AM

    After the recent update to Windows 10 version 1709, my system was not getting any IP address using DHCP. I was forced to give the IP address manually to make the Wifi working. After your suggestions, my system is receiving the IP address through DHCP successfully. Thank you for a wonderful fix.

  • Mark Gilbert Quintero June 8, 2016, 10:42 PM

    Hey. Is this also work on Windows 8 64bit? Thanks. It’s a great site.

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