WiFi greyed out ? Here's how you can fix it !

While downloading crysis 3 from torrents, I discovered that my WiFi is turned off. I wanted to tether internet from my laptop to my phone for which I need WiFi turned on.

I did a research...

Uninstalled the drivers, disabled it, again updated it, turned on/off airplane mode.. found nothing that could fix the issue.

I had a hunch, that if could turn on the WiFi from Linux (elementary OS) which I had installed along with Windows 8.1 then I could figure whether I need to reinstall the Windows or is it adapter problem ?

So I booted up elementary OS and was able to turn on WiFi. After booting back to Windows I was able to use, tether internet and it was back to normal.

I'm not sure if most of the users out there in forums or blogs complaining about the same had Linux installed?

If yes, then you can apply the same and resolve it.

WiFi greyed out ? Here's how you can fix it ! WiFi greyed out ? Here's how you can fix it ! Reviewed by Kanthala Raghu on December 10, 2014 Rating: 5


  1. Its actually registry issue, that makes the wifi button greyed out.
    However this issues are fixed in the windows 10 as its builtin troubleshooter now connects to ms servers for further help.
    This issue was a big headache in win10 and prev versions of win10 as well.

    1. Yes It has been resolved in Windows 10. Windows 8.1 was a hot mess and I'm glad I got over it.


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