Fix No Internet Access in Windows 10

The status “No internet access” is a known problem in Windows 10. The error message can be recognized by the globe at the bottom right of your taskbar.

Usually, you can just use the internet, and nothing else seems to be wrong. But because many applications rely on the Windows 10 network state, those applications think they are disconnected and will switch to Offline Mode. Think of Spotify and Outlook, for example. Even WITH a connection you cannot stream music or receive email.

Cause of No Internet Access notification in Windows 10

The most likely reason for the No Internet Access message is an upgrade to Windows 10 version 2004 or 2010. The settings to test if there is an internet connection may have been changed. Both the endpoints (which websites, IP addresses, and files are accessible?) and the actual testing at all.

Solution for No Internet Access notification in Windows 10

The registry contains the settings to test whether there is an internet connection, and what the endpoints are that must be validated. In 99 out of 100 cases, the setting “EnableActiveProbing” is set to 0. This must be changed to 1. Follow these steps to resolve “No Internet Access”

enableactiveprobing when no internet access in Windows 10
  1. Open Registry Editor as an administrator
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\NlaSvc\Parameters\Internet
  3. Locate EnableActiveProbing and double click to open the setting
  4. Change the Value Data from 0 to 1
  5. Click OK, close the registry editor and reboot your pc.

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