How to Fix “Limited Internet” Issue in Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and 7

Are you facing “limited internet” error and looking for some authentic ways to fix it? You are at right place because I am going to tell you how to fix this kind of issue in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10. Usually, this error occurs in Windows 8. The network device is connected but still there is a yellow sign on the connection. When you hover the cursor over the network connection icon in Taskbar, it will show you “limited internet” notification. Apparently, there is no particular reason of this error, but you may resolve it by using different techniques. I am going to discuss all of the methods you can use in this regard. One of them will be helpful for you that is for sure. So, let’s start the guide now.

limited internet

Method #1: Restart Your PC and Network Device

If you are using a PC with Windows 8 and you encounter this error, you need to reboot the PC and the network device. It will be very helpful in fixing this kind of issue. Just try it and see if it is useful.

Method #2: Reset TCP/IP to Default Configuration

If the above-discussed technique does not help you, you need to use netsh.exe for the resetting of TCP/IP. Once you use this command, the default configuration of TCP/IP will be restored and you will be out of this error.

  • Just go to Search Bar and type “Command Prompt” here. You will see it in the search results. Right-click to view the options where you need to select “Run as an Administrator.” If you only open the command prompt, you will not be able to make changes in the system settings. So, it is necessary to run Command Prompt as an Administrator. (You can also use a hotkey to open Command Prompt with Admin rights. Just press the combination of “Windows + X + A” keys and it will open Command Prompt as an admin.
    Run Command Prompt as administrator
  • Now type the following command “netsh int ip reset c:/resetlog.txt” and press Enter.
    IP Restore by Command Prompt
  • Now you need to restart your PC and you will see that your internet connection is working properly.

Method #3: Autotune the TCP/IP

When you use the term “auto-tune” in network settings, it means to modify the connection settings for a smooth network connection. If no technique is working in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, you need to Auto-Tune the TCP/IP by using the following steps.

  • Press “Windows + X” keys to open the context menu. Select “Command Prompt (Admin)” from the list.
    Command Prompt Admin in context menu
  • As command prompt appears, you need to type the following command “netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled” and press Enter key. It will show you a message “OK.” Now type the second command “netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=disabled” and press Enter. It will again show you “OK” in response. You need to type another command “netsh int tcp set global rss=enabled” and press Enter. It again shows you “OK” that means you have successfully auto-tuned the TCP/IP. The screenshot below shows it well.
    TCP Setting commands
  • Now restart the system to see if the changes affect the settings and internet has no issue. I am pretty sure, it will be working effectively now.

Method #4: Update Drivers

Sometimes the drivers of internet network are not updated and you get this error. You need to update the drivers by using Device Manager. Here is how you can do so.

  • Open “Search” and type “Device Manager” to access it. Once it is shown in the search results, just click to open it.
    Device Manager in Search browser
  • You will see here “Network Adapters” feature. Click to expand it. Right-click your network connection and select “Update Driver” option that can be seen on the top of the list.
    Drivers update
  • In the next window, you will see two options, where you need to select “Browse my computer for driver software.”
    Browse my computer for Driver Software option
  • It will show you the Browse option and the second one should be “Let me Pick from a list of Device Drivers” that must be your preference. Select it to see the list of device drivers on your system.
    let me Pick from a List of Device Drivers
  • Now you will see the list of drivers. Select the one you need to update and that’s all. As soon as you update the drivers, there will be no issue of Limited Internet.
    Select Model of Driver to update

Method #5: Change Adapter Settings from Control Panel

Another way that works efficiently for Windows 8 is to modify the adapter settings by using Control Panel. Though it is a little technique, you can’t ignore even a minor act that could fix the issue you are facing. Sometimes, the computer automatically turns your network device off to save powers because the option to do so is by default added to the settings. You just need to turn that setting off. Just follow the instructions below to perform it.

  • Just go to Search bar and type “Control Panel” here. Click its option as you see it appearing in the Search Results.
    Control Panel in Search bar
  • You will see “Network and Internet” tool on the list. Just select this tool to see its menu.
    Network and Internet Category
  • It will show you another window where you will see “Network and Sharing Center.” click this option to move ahead.
    Network and Sharing center
  • You will see the network connections. You need to select the connection and right-click to open its context menu. Here you will see “Properties” option that should be selected.
    Internet Connection properties
  • As you are in its Properties, you will see some tabs where you need to select “Power Management” to view its content.
    Power Management Tab
  • Here is an option with a check box “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.” This option is checked by default. You need to uncheck this option and click “OK” to save the changes.Power Management menu
  • Now refresh your system and you will be wondered to see that it is working smoothly.

Method #6: Reset IPv4 Settings

Another very efficient way you can adopt to fix this issue is to reset Internet Protocol Version 4 Settings. You do not need to use graphical user interface for this purpose. Just use the command prompt (Admin). Follow the below steps in this context.

  • Press “Windows + X” keys to view context menu where you will see “Command Prompt (Admin)” in the list. You should select it.
    Command Prompt Admin in context menu
  • As the window of command prompt appears, you need to type the command “netsh winsock reset” and press “Enter” key. Now type the next command “netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log” and press Enter again.
    IPV4 reset by command prompt
  • Now restart your computer to complete the resetting process.

You will see the issue of limited access to the internet no more.


Q: I am facing the problem “Limited Internet” in Windows 8 and I have tried all of the above-discussed techniques. But still it is showing the same error. What should I do now?

Ans: All of the techniques mentioned above are very effective to fix this error. If you are still facing the error, it means the issue is not with your system’s software, settings and the network device, but at the end of your ISP. Contact your Internet Service Provider and discuss the matter. Sometimes it is non-payment or wrong password issue.

Q: I am using Windows 10 and facing the same issue. My network device is connected, but shows “Limited Internet connection.” I can’t understand whats the matter with my internet.

Ans: In Windows 10, the most common reason of this problem is the drivers. You need to update its drivers and it will work smoothly.

Q: Whenever I try to use Windows 10, I face the issue “Limited Access to Internet.” As a result I have to return to Windows 7 once again. I am getting frustrated why it is so?

Ans: Some users of Windows 10 also use BitDefender antivirus program in it. That causes to disturb your internet connection time and again. So, make sure you are not using BitDefender antivirus program in Windows 10. If so, just uninstall it, reboot the system and enjoy an error-free internet access.