Sometimes when connecting to the internet your computer may throw up an error that says “Unidentified Network”. You will find below some of the most common methods that you can use to Fix Unidentified Network Error in Windows 10.
Unidentified Network Error in Windows 10
It is really difficult to come up with a single reason for this commonly reported Network Connectivity Error message in Windows 10 and other computers.
Hence, the best approach would be to follow the solutions as provided below in sequence or pick any solution that you believe is most likely to fix the problem of Unidentified Network Error on your computer.
Try Network Troubleshooter
In case you were not aware, Windows 10 has its own Network Troubleshooter that can help you diagnose and fix Network Connectivity problems on your computer. Hence, the first step would be to make use of this free tool in Windows 10.
1. Click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on the Settings icon (See image below)
2. On the Settings screen, click on Network & Internet tab.
3. On the next screen, click on Network Troubleshooter option (See image below).
4. Follow the Directions to run the Network Troubleshooter and see if it helps in fixing the problem of “No Network Secured” Error on your Windows 10 computer.
Restart Your Computer
The simple act of restarting your computer has the potential to fix minor software glitches and fix common Network Connectivity problems on your computer.
1. Click on the Windows Start button, click on the Power icon and then click on Restart option in the little menu that appears.
The problem of “Unidentified Network” should be fixed on your computer, in case your computer was going through a minor software glitch and this was causing the Network Connectivity issue on your computer.
Restart Modem and Router
This is another troubleshooting method which appears simple but has the potential to Fix Network Connectivity issues. Make sure that you follow the steps below to Power Flush your Modem and Router, before trying other methods.
1. Switch off both your Modem and Router (better to unplug them for power source)
2. Wait for 60 seconds
3. Start the Modem and patiently wait for all the lights to turn green.
4. Start the Router (in case you have separate Modem & Router)
5. See if you are able to connect to internet without coming across the Unidentified Network Error Message
Update Network Driver
Although, Windows 10 should automatically update all the Drivers on your Computer, this may not always happen. Hence, follow the steps below to Update the Driver for the Network Adapter on your computer.
1. Right Click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on Device Manager option in the Menu that appears.
2. On the device Manger Screen, click on Network Adapters to expand the entry. From the expanded list, right-click on the WiFi Adapter for your computer and then click on Update Driver Software option in the contextual menu (See image above)
Tip: In case you see too many entries, look for something that says Network or 802.11b or has WiFi in it.
3. On the next screen, click on Search Automatically for Updated Driver Software.
4. Your Computer will start searching for the Latest Driver Software for the WiFi Adapter on your computer. It will either inform you that your computer already has the latest Driver Software installed or come up with the Latest Driver software that you can install.
Renew IP Address
It is possible that your computer is having difficulty connecting to the network, because it is not getting a valid IP Address from the Modem or Router. This issue can be easily fixed by making your computer to request a New IP Address from the Router.
1. Right-click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on Command Prompt in the menu that appears.
2. In the Command Prompt window type ipconfig /release and hit the enter key. This will release the current IP Address of your computer
3. Next, type ipconfig /renew and hit the enter key to Renew the IP Address of your computer.
4. Next, type Exit to quit the Command Prompt Window.
Reset Network Adapter (Winsock Reset)
Follow the steps below to Reset the Network Adapter on your Windows 10 computer.
1. Right-click on Windows 10 Start button and then click on Command Prompt (Admin) in the menu that appears.
2. On the Command Prompt window, type netsh winsock reset and press the enter key.
3. Once this Command is executed, Restart your computer.
Reset Network Settings
Follow the steps below to Reset Network Settings on your Windows 10 Computer. This will help, in case the “Unidentified Network” Error on your computer is due to misconfigured Network Settings or Corrupted Internet Protocol Service Settings.
1. Click on the Windows 10 Start button and then click on the Settings icon.
2. On the Settings screen, click on Network & Internet option.
3. On the next screen, scroll down and click on the Network Reset option (See image below).
4. On the next screen, click on the Reset Now button.
As you can read in the image above, this process will overwrite all your current Network Settings and replace them with original settings. Hence, it is a good idea to note down your VPN and other network configurations.
5. Once your Computer Restarts, all the Network Settings will be Reset to their default values.
Change DNS Servers to Google or OpenDNS
Consider switching to Google DNS Servers, in case you are frequently experiencing “Unidentified Network” and other network connectivity issues and errors on your computer.
1. Right-click your mouse on the WiFi icon located at the bottom right corner of your screen. From the little menu that appears, click on Open Network and Sharing Center Option (See image below).
2. On the Network and Sharing Center Screen, click on your WiFi Network Name (See image below).
3. On the next screen (WiFi Status), click on the Properties option (See image below)
Note: You may be prompted to enter your Admin Password; in case you are not logged in with your Admin Account.
4. On the WiFi Properties screen, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on the Properties button (See image below).
5. On the next screen, first select the option Use the following DNS Server addresses and then enter 126.96.36.199 in the box next to Preferred DNS Server and enter 188.8.131.52 in the box next to Alternate DNS server.
6. Click on OK to save the new DNS Server settings.
With these steps you have successfully changed the DNS Server on your Windows 10 computer to Google DNS, which should help you enjoy better Network Connectivity on your computer.