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I'm trying to figure out how to enable the "Wi-Fi" interface in Windows 10, so that I can connect to a wireless network later using netsh wlan connect. After starting cmd with administrative privileges, netsh int show int correctly shows "Wi-Fi" as one of the interface names, and shows it as "disconnected".

However, when I try to enable it using netsh int set, it says "This network connection does not exist." As a test to see that the interface name is correct, I have been able to rename the "Wi-Fi" interface. The only way to enable it was by first turning on Wi-Fi via the Wi-Fi toggle switch in the Wi-Fi menu at the bottom right of the screen. If I don't do that, nothing works.

How would you make this work from the command line? I had a corrupted Windows 10 update once where explorer.exe wasn't working, as the system task bar wasn't there, so the not using the command line wouldn't really work out.

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This happens on my Win 7 virtual as well.

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I do not know why this happens, however I know how to make the command work from command line.

Open Task Manager as admin (right-click 'Run As Admin'). Type the administrator password and click on 'Yes' , to proceed.

Click on New Task. Type in cmd in the Open: field

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Make sure to check the box 'Create this task with admin privileges' Then click OK.

Your command window title will be prefixed with Administrator:

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If you don't see administrator, then its not gonna work.

If it does run successfully, then its gonna look like this,

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The name of the interface is changed here, because I don't have an interface called "Wi-Fi", please do change it accordingly.

  • I'm going to edit the question. Apparently the problem was because the interface was already enabled! If you enable it twice without connecting to a network, it says "This network connection does not exist". However, I still can't connect to a wireless network using netsh wlan connect, to which it says: "The wireless local area network is powered down and doesn't support the requested operation". How do I solve this? – WeavingBird1917 Jun 15 '18 at 13:02
  • I might ask that in a separate question, as it is unrelated. – WeavingBird1917 Jun 15 '18 at 13:06
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    @Tim_Stewart Thanks, I have posted an alternate answer. I also posted another question for the separate problem of connecting to Wi-FI when Wi-Fi isn't toggled in Windows 10: superuser.com/questions/1331606/… – WeavingBird1917 Jun 15 '18 at 13:34
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    @WeavingBird1917...I have had a similar question posted superuser.com/q/1122597/617826 I hope the answer to Ur other question will help me too – DannyBoi Jun 15 '18 at 14:05
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I found out the what was causing the problem. The "Wi-Fi" interface was already enabled. Trying to enable it twice causes the error message: "This network connection does not exist". However, this message doesn't print when already connected to a wireless network, it only prints when you aren't already connected to a wireless network. This would seem like a bug, as it makes the user think that enabling the interface had failed.

However, trying to connect to a wireless network using netsh wlan connect still doesn't work if the Wi-Fi toggle switch is not clicked in Windows 10.

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