Windows 10 1803 (April Update) not automatically connecting to wifi

A curious issue I had after moving my laptop to the latest Windows 10 April Update build (version 1803) was with my laptop. It took a lot longer to join wifi networks, this was causing a problem for a number of my start up applications, such as my background switcher software, which would notify me before the wifi joined that it was unable to contact the server. Various other applications that called home to check for updates would also fail.

It was also basically too slow for me too, I’d launched a web browser, and still, I wasn’t connected to wifi.

Theres various solutions and workarounds for this, but the one that worked for me was to disable the Microsoft Wi-fi Direct Virtual Adapter.

This is designed in support of sharing your wifi connection. Basically the Windows version of it you wanted to share your 3G/4G connection on your phone as a wifi network. If you use this feature then turning it off may not be an option, and I suggest you continue googling to find a solution for you. If you’re happy disabling this to see if it fixes your issue however, then carry on reading.

  1. In the Cortana search box, type in Device Manager and click on it.
  2. click on “View” and click “Show hidden devices”.

  1. Expand the category “Network adapters”. Browse for the entry “Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter”. Right-click it and select “Disable device”.

  1. Restart your computer and check if the problem still persists.


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