A missing or faulty network adapter driver can cause both connection problems and lengthy interruptions in one’s fun or work flow. In case your networkd adapter is no longer fucntioning after an upgrade or install of Windows 10, it is likely it is outdated. In this article we will be showing how to update or fix a faulty network adapter driver.
While simply reconnecting to the network or turning the router off and on again will sometimes be enough, here we will focus on the case where a driver reinstall is needed.
The first step to fixing the driver is of course finding it. For that we will need to open the Device manager by pressing the Windows key + S combination and typing up Device Manager.
In the tree branch named Network adapters you should see your network adapter driver.
In case there is a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark in it, Windows has detected a problem with the driver.
If that is the case, you will need to click on the name of the network adapter device and select the Update Driver Software option.
A dialogue will open, from which you should choose the “Search automatically for updated driver software” option. Follow the steps given and then finally close the dialogue.
In case this hasn’t resolved your problem, you will likely need to manually install drivers.
This process will be different depending on the computer you are using, but make sure not to use an automatic driver updater, since those will often give you “over-dated” driver, which are too new and actually less compatible with your infrastructure.
You should rather go to your computer vendor’s page and find the drivers there. In case you are using an Intel chipset, you will need to use their tool available on the Intel website. There you will likely find actual tools and scanners which can check your drivers without causing unnecessary damage.