Urgent Help Needed: How To Disable WiFi on Laptop?


  1. Posts : 646
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    Urgent Help Needed: How To Disable WiFi on Laptop?


    Hi all,

    I have a laptop running Windows 10 Pro here that I do not want connecting to the Internet.

    I've disabled the ethernet network card, but I don't know how to disable the in-built WiFi network card?

    How do I disable the in-built WiFi network card and be 100% certain that the in-built WiFi network card is disabled?

    Thank you.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    Go to device manager. Right click on the WiFi adapter under Network Adapters and click disable device.

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  3. Posts : 646
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    NavyLCDR said:
    Go to device manager. Right click on the WiFi adapter under Network Adapters and click disable device.

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    Thank you for your reply!

    I searched device manager but I can't find a WiFi card/adapter. I can only find the ethernet adapter.

    I've tried to disable the laptop's WiFi using a physical button that's on the side of the laptop. Could this be why it doesn't show up in device manager?
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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  5. Posts : 646
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    Thread Starter
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    Thank you for your reply!

    I just realised something:
    I think I may have disabled the WiFi in the BIOS of my Dell laptop? Could this be why the WiFi adapter doesn't show up in Device Manager?
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  6. Posts : 1,670
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1237
       #6

    Hi NiceAndShy

    From an elevated Command Prompt, type or copy & paste the following;

    Code:
    netsh interface show interface

    This should display the available interfaces and if they are enabled or not.


    If you see and interface that you want to disable, type or copy the following substituting the interface name shown;

    Code:
    netsh interface set interface Ethernet disable

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  7. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 21H1
       #7

    Also type in ipconfig /all on the laptop, see if any ip addresses show up.

    And yes the wireless button on the laptop turns it on and off.
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