QuickBytes: Workaround for the Windows 8 Wireless goofup

My Windows 8 Desktop seems to have trouble staying connected to my Wireless network. I haven’t gotten down to debugging exactly what causes it to go bonkers but a quick peek at the EventViewer shows this cascading failure of services that ultimately takes down the Wireless network service with it.


To recover, reboot always works, but when you have 5 tabs in browser, three instances of Visual Studio and 2 office documents open at the same time, reboot is not a good idea. Solution in 3 easy steps:

Step 1: Hit Windows Key + R, type Services.msc and hit enter


Step 2: Locate the WLan AutoConfig Service in the service Manager


Step 3: Right Click it and start the service. Voila! You should now be able to connect to your wireless again.

Someday when I have more time I’ll sit down to figure out what causes the cascading service failures in the first place. Looks like Hardware related. But the Wireless issue in Windows 8 is universal as of today, so this is one of the possible workarounds!

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2 thoughts on “QuickBytes: Workaround for the Windows 8 Wireless goofup

  1. It’s difficult to say from the screenshot, but likely, at least some of the errors are due to a lost network connection, not the cause that leads to the network connection failing.
    Update your NIC drivers is a good first step. As an interim step, you could also go to Network connections and disable the wireless adapter, re-enable it and this will reset the NIC and all dependent services.

    Sorry to hear you are having problems with wireless. If it’s only at one location, it might also be the AP.

    • Sumit says:

      Thanks for the tips Mitch, that’s an interesting thought and the resolution of disabling and enabling wireless adapter is probably appropriate for that case. I do it for my Surface RT all the time and it works most of the time.
      With the WLAN Service down you don’t see any adapters in the network setting flyout.

      But this particular case was different. Disabling and Enabling the adapter wasn’t turning the WLAN service on. I had to turn it on manually. So maybe the Eventviewer errors are a little misleading…

      End of the day your suggestions are valid in atleast once scenario I am aware of!

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