Software & Apps Windows How to Fix Unidentified Network Errors in Windows Reconnect your Windows PC to the internet by Luis E. Chavez Saenz Writer Luis Chavez is a former Lifewire writer and a System Administrator with 5+ years' experience writing about technology for end users. our editorial process Luis E. Chavez Saenz Updated on April 17, 2020 reviewed by Michael Barton Heine Jr Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Michael Heine is a CompTIA-certified writer, editor, and Network Engineer with 25+ years' experience working in the television, defense, ISP, telecommunications, and education industries. our review board Article reviewed on Oct 13, 2020 Michael Barton Heine Jr Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email Unidentified network errors on your computer prove especially vexing because they're non-specific enough that they don't support an obvious troubleshooting strategy. However, Windows 10's networking subsystem is integrated enough that most unidentified errors resolve through standard network-troubleshooting procedures. Steps in this article apply to a Windows 10, 8, or 7 device connected to an unidentified network, but still cannot access the internet. Causes of Unidentified Network Errors Windows 10 has many cool features, like automatic Windows updates. However, some automatic updates to the operating system generate problems instead of addressing them. When patches are installed they modify system files and, on some occasions, also affect device drivers. If any of these files are related to the network adapter on the device, it could be one of the reasons for errors like an unidentified network. How to Resolve Unidentified Network Errors When you troubleshoot a wireless problem, any of the devices on the network could contribute to the error. While troubleshooting the Windows device might not be enough, it's still the best place to start. Run the Windows Troubleshooter. Press the Win+I to open Settings, then select Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Internet Connections. The troubleshooter checks for, and addresses, common problems automatically. Restart your computer. A reboot clears certain memory values and re-initializes the networking system. Restart your router. Sometimes internet-access errors aren't related to your Windows device but to your router. By doing a restart and ensuring the router starts up up properly, you can confirm what the actual source of the problem might be. Verify your internet connection. Sometimes, disruptions by your internet service provider prove the culprit. Particularly in dense residential neighborhoods served by Digital Subscriber Line technology, some peak-access times, like evenings, prove too much of a draw for the neighborhood's network to handle. Your ISP may offer a downtime detector. Similarly, verify whether your billing account is current. Many ISPs shut off access without warning after you accumulate a certain past-due status.