Win 10 connecting to internet in safe mode with networking over WIFI

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    When trying to connect to internet in safe mode with networking in win 10 over WIFI, the WIFI driver does not load. I can connect using Ethernet. Is there a solution for this.
     
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    Hi ozzie matics,

    When I want to use WiFi in Safe mode with Windows 10 Home build 14393.953 what I do is the following:
    • From normal log in I press Windows key and R key to open the Run dialog
    • Type msconfg then click OK
    • Select the Boot tab and Check the Safe boot & Networking boxes then apply and Restart
    • When the computer reaches the Lock Screen I click on the Network icon and select my wireless network, then enter the password.
    • Then I sign into the Safe mode desktop

    That ought to work but if not an alternate method would be to sign in to Safe mode, then open an Administrator Command Prompt and type the following:


    Code (Text):
    Netsh wlan connect name="SSID"
     

    Note: You must keep the speech marks and replace the SSID with your Wireless Security name


    Press Enter key to execute when you have the correct information typed in.


    You could create a tiny batch file for this by opening a Notepad and entering these three lines:


    Code (Text):
    powershell.exe -Command "Start-Process cmd \"/k cd /d %cd%\" -Verb RunAs"
    Netsh wlan connect name="SSID"
    Pause
    Then select File > Save as and name it wlan.bat and choose all files before saving. Save on your Desktop for easy access when you log into Safe mode, and when in Safe mode, right-click and run as Administrator.

    Notes:
    1. Again keep the speech marks and replace the SSID with your wireless security name.
    2. When executed a blank Command console may appear, but if you close that you ought to see another beneath it. Sorry I don't have time just now to write a better batch to avoid that.
    3. The Network icon in system tray may still appear to be unavailable, but if batch says it was successful, then you ought to be connected.

    Here's hoping the first suggestion works for you as its the simplest way to get there. This was introduced with the Anniversary update by Microsoft to resolve this known issue for some users.


    Regards,

    Regedit32
     
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    Thanks for your reply Regedit32. I tried what you suggested but still cannot connect to my WIFI in safe mode. When I look at the device manager there is a yellow triangle over the wireless lan card. When I look at the properties of the card it says windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware.
     
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    Hi ossie matics,

    Is your Wireless Device showing this error in Device Manager when you are booted in normal mode, or only when in Safe mode?

    If its in the Normal mode, then unplug it if an external device, and remove the driver for it, then reinstall it.

    If it's an internal card, then attempt to uninstall and reinstall the driver anyway.

    Check too if there is a more recent driver for that too as it may be more compatible with a Windows 10 OS.


    If the device is external and is connect in any way via a USB port then you may need to uninstall its related drivers on the USB Serial Ports in Device Manager too, before attempting to reinstall the device.


    Others in the Forum may have some views to share.


    In the meanwhile if you can respond and let us know answers to questions above, and whether you tried anything suggested above to resolve the issue.


    Regards,

    Regedit32
     
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    I tried the things you suggested and still get the same results. My wifi adapter is external and I usb3 connection. Once in safe mode and I check the adapter in device manager safe mode I get
    Code 37: Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware
    In normal mode everything works fine. My drivers are current with the proper signatures. I don't know if it matters but I use a VPN.
     
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    I've tried every suggestion but still can't access my wifi in safe mode. I connect my desktop over wifi and not over LAN connection. The end results are that my wifi driver in the device manager is never initialized. I'm using Win 10 Pro with latest updates. Win 10 Ver 1803 build 17134.48. Can this safe mode connection even be done over Wifi.
     
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    I finally solved my problem by connecting a spare usb wifi adapter. My primary usb adapter that I use to connect to the Internet would never initialize in safe mode. I did not uninstall it I simple plugged in a spare usb adapter and it connected fine.
     
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