11 Ways to Fix “Default Gateway Not Available” Error

If your computer screen is displaying the message “Default gateway not available”, then you are not the only one facing this error. This is a common error of Windows 8 and later versions. The user faces Wifi limited Access Connectivity. Also, a yellow exclamation mark appears on the Wifi icon and you won’t be able to access the internet until the issue is fixed. Know why this issue occurs and how you can get rid of this in today’s article.

What Causes “Default Gateway Not Available” Error?

The issue default gateway not available occurs due to corrupted Network Adapter Driver or due to incompatible Network Adapter Driver.  This could also be caused by some malware or viruses in the system. The other causes could be incorrect router settings, wrong IP address settings, or antivirus which controls the internet etc.

How To Remove “Default Gateway Not Available” Error?

Do not panic if you are facing this issue. We are here with 11 methods to fix the issue easily-

1. Uninstall McAfee

In many cases, the McAfee security program is responsible for this issue. To resolve the issue, uninstall the McAfee. For doing this, follow these steps-

  • Press Windows key and R simultaneously
  • Type appwiz.cpl and press Enter

  • Click on your McAfee program and then click uninstall

  • Restart your PC after the uninstall

2. Reinstall Network Adapter Driver

Sometimes faulty network adapter driver is responsible for this error. You can resolve the error by reinstalling the network adapter driver.

  • Press Windows key and X simultaneously
  • Go to the Device Manager
  • Right-click on the network adapter
  • Click Uninstall
  • Press OK to continue
  • After that Restart your PC (Windows will help you top reinstall the network adapter driver automatically)
  • If you are not able to connect to your network, it means the driver software isn’t automatically installed. In this case, visit your manufacturer’s website and download the driver from the website.
  • After installing the drivers, reboot the computer

3. Change Network Adapter Driver

The issue might be resolved by changing the network adapter driver. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Press Windows key and X simultaneously
  • Go to Device Manager then right-click on the network adapter
  • Click Update Driver Software

  • Browse my computer for driver software
  • Click “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer

  • Uncheck Show compatible hardware and click Intel Corporation
  • Click on a network adapter driver which is different from the previous one
  • Click Next

4. Temporarily Disable Antivirus

Sometimes antivirus creates this issue. Temporarily disable your antivirus program and then check whether the issue is resolved or not. Below are the steps to disable antivirus temporarily-

  • Right-click on the antivirus program icon
  • Click on Disable

  • Now select the time duration for which the antivirus will remain disable (select the smallest duration of time)

  • If the issue continues, then uninstall the antivirus

5. Change Power Saving Mode For Wireless Network Adapter

For changing power saving mode for the wireless network adapter, follow these steps-

  • Press Windows key and S simultaneously
  • Select Power Options from the menu

  • Select your plan and change your settings

  • Click on Advanced Power Settings

  • Select Wireless adapter and set it to Maximum Performance

Click Apply and then click Ok to save the changes

6. Reset The Network

Resetting the network could erase the error. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below

  • Open Settings
  • Go to Network and Internet

  • Select Status from the menu of the left pane
  • Select Network reset (a network reset window will open)

  • Click Reset now

  • Click Yes
  • Reboot the PC after the process is completed

7. Use Nutshell Reset Command

According to many users, this issue can be fixed by changing TCP/IP. To do this, follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Start Command Prompt as administrator by clicking Windows key and X simultaneously and choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu

  • Enter netsh int ip reset when the command prompt starts and press Enter

  • Restart your PC after the process is completed

8. Change The Wireless Mode Of The Router

To change the wireless mode of the router, follow these steps-

  • Press the Windows key and click on Network Connections

  • Right-click on router and then select Properties

  • Click the configure button and go to the Advanced tab
  • Select an alternative wireless mode from the dropdown menu and click Ok

9. Manually Assign The Default Gateway And The IP Address

Try this fix and check whether the problem is resolved or not. Follow the steps mentioned below-

  • Press Windows key and X simultaneously
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Type ipconfig into cmd and press Enter
  • Note the IP address, subnet mask and, default gateway listed under Wifi
  • Close the cmd. Right-click on the wireless icon on the system tray and select “Open Network & Sharing Center

  • Click Change adapter settings from the left-hand side menu
      • Right-click on your Wireless adapter connection and select Properties
  • Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPV4) and Properties
  • Mark the “Use the following IP address” and Default gateway (which we noted down in step 4)
  • Click Apply
  • Then click Ok

Reboot your PC

10. Temporarily Disable Firewall

There are possibilities that the Firewall might be interfering with the connection. Temporarily disabling this could fix this issue. Follow the steps mentioned below to temporarily disable firewall-

  • Click on Start menu
  • Go to Control Panel
  • Select the System and Security link and choose Firewall
  • Click on Turn Windows Firewall On or Off on the left side of the screen
  • Select Turn Off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended)
  • Click Ok to save the changes

11. Disable The Auto-logon Feature

The newly introduced feature of the window account of the uses is “auto-logon“. This feature will disturb the Windows network setting feature and thus issue “default gateway is not available” arises. To fix it, disable this feature.

Alternatively, put a password to log in. Whenever it boots up, it will require a password and will not automatically take it.


These are the 11 best fixes for the issue “Default gateway not available“. These are the easiest ways to fix this issue. Firstly try to disable antivirus and check whether this works or not.

Secondly, try to resolve the error by reinstalling the network adapter. If this too didn’t work then try the other fixes. I hope this will help in fixing the issue. For any query regarding the issue kindly comment below in the comments box.

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