Fix Limited Access in Windows 7 (WiFi Unidentified Network)

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Facing Limited Access in Windows 7?

This is one of the most common errors you will ever see while connected to a WiFi network. To be honest, I don’t know accurately, the reason for this but there are ways to fix this very easily.

I have faced this a lot while trying to connect to any WiFi network from my cousin’s old AMD laptop. This makes me think, it’s an adapter or IP configuration error.

Often times, the ‘Limited Access‘ error shows up as ‘Unidentified Network‘ and there are some nifty little hacks to fix this within 5 minutes! 😛

There are several fixes according to many forums which are worth trying as they seem to help sometimes. But I’m going to tell you the way I fixed it every time without much of a hassle.

“Limited Access” WiFi Error

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I have already said, I’m not sure what actually causes this problem. But I have tried one fix (CMD trick) all the time which never disappointed me.

So that makes me believe that it’s all about the misconfigured IP set or your wireless adapter problem. I have a guide on improving WiFi signal which might be the case sometimes – a weak signal.

There are a bunch of CMD commands which helps reset your IP and your adapter as well, hence, fixing the problem in no time.

Sometimes, restarting the router also helps. You can also try restarting your network adapter by going to “Change Adapter Settings” from Network and Sharing Center. This might work sometimes, but if it doesn’t, don’t worry. 😉

How to Fix Limited Access in Windows 7

There are a couple of ways to get the Limited Access in Windows 7 fixed. After researching for about 5 hours, I was able to gather all the possible solutions.

Lifewire does a good job of mentioned all the fixes which is great but they definitely miss out on guiding properly on how to try each solution.

These are the solutions:

  • CMD Trick
  • Restarting the wireless adapter
  • Try restarting the router
  • Reinstalling the network driver
  • Use a static IP configuration.

Solution 1: CMD Trick (Recommended)

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Using Command Prompt, you can reset the IP configuration of your network and also the adapter. This helped me every time and I think this works all the time.

  1. Open Command Prompt as admin.
  2. Use the commands listed below one by one.
  3. Restart your PC.

These are the following commands you need to use one-by-one:

  • netsh int ip reset
  • netsh winsock reset all
  • netsh int tcp reset all
  • netsh int ipv4 reset all
  • netsh int ipv6 reset all
  • netsh int httpstunnel reset all
  • ipconfig /flushdns

I recommend the Command Prompt method which is quick and much easier. It’s as simple as opening CMD and pasting the commands one by one and restarting your PC, that’s it! 😉


Solution 2: Restarting Wireless Adapter

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This solution is very simple, but I don’t think this helps more than the CMD trick. However, just follow the steps on how to restart your wireless adapter.

  1. Open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Go to Change Adapter Settings.
  3. Right-click on your wireless adapter.
  4. Click Disable.
  5. Wait 10 seconds, and enable it again.

I can’t guarantee if this will help you but it’s worth a try as it seemed to have helped many people who were trying to find a solution in a forum. 😉


Solution 3: Restart Your Router

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I had an old Tenda router which I just gave to one of my cousins who needed a router badly. She while using her Windows 7 laptop had the Limited Access error quite often.

I believe, the old router was quite cheap and crappy. So, restarting the router helped every time in her case. 😉

  1. Forget your WiFi network in the system tray.
  2. Restart your router.
  3. Restart your PC.
  4. Reconnect to your WiFi network again by putting the password.

If your router is old and you are facing this unidentified network error, it’s probably your router that needs to be restarted to start functioning properly.


Solution 4: Reinstall the Wireless Driver
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My Wireless USB Adapter

Another possible reason for the Limited Access error could be your network’s driver issues. I used a USB WiFi adapter for a few days after moving to a new apartment.

My router was quite far from my desktop PC, and I bought the TP Link TL-WN727N Wireless Adapter. I often had the unidentified network problem. And here’s how I fixed it.

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  1. Go to Device Manager.
  2. Click on Network Adapters.
  3. Right-click on your Wireless Adapter.
  4. Click Uninstall.
  5. Restart your PC.

Let me be honest, I had some serious problems with this USB adapter. However, reinstalling the driver helped always. But for my cousin, the CMD trick worked always. 😉


Solution 5: Use a Static IP Configuration

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As I have said, your IP could be the reason behind the Limited Access or Unidentified Network errors. Therefore, using a static IP configuration should solve the issue pretty easily.

Here’s how to setup a static IP in Windows 7.

  1. Go to Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Go to Change Adapter Settings.
  3. Right-click on your Wireless Adapter.
  4. Go to the Networking tab.
  5. Click on IPv4 settings.
  6. Put your IP and gateway according to your router.
  7. Click Okay.
  8. Restart your PC.

The limited access in Windows 7 can be caused by IP conflicts meaning two or more system are using the same IP that are connected to the same router. So, setup your own static IP to avoid IP conflicts and this also stabilizes your connection. 😉


Conclusion

The limited access in Windows 7 is quite common but it’s easier to fix than you fix. Most of the time, the CMD trick works the best. But I have also listed 4 other fixes to this problem. As far as I know, this works for Windows 10 and 8 also.

I also recommend using a static IP configuration so you can avoid IP conflicts which causes serious “No Internet Access” issues in all Windows versions. Also try reinstalling your network adapter’s drivers to the latest version to fix any driver issue. 😉

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