How to Fix Default Gateway Is Not Available Message

How to How to Fix Default Gateway Is Not Available Message. Windows 8 and 10, with a large number of updates, user interface, improvements, and features brought some of the issues that were really irritating for the users. Such major issue was Default gateway not available.

Users who had this issue, mostly either had their internet connection dropped or did not have access to any internet connectivity at all. They also had a limited or no internet connectivity symbol within network icon in the system tray.

The affected users would run Windows diagnostic tools on their network connection and would be informed that the main problem is with the default gateway not available. The “Default gateway is not available” issue can be caused by anything from a McAfee product or the Windows 8 auto-logon feature to outdated and obsolete network adapter drivers.

How to Fix Default Gateway Is Not Available Message

Before you get into deep detail of solving the problem, it is worth power-cycling your router. Turn off your router, as well as the modem if router is hooked up to ISP’s modem for about 5 minutes and then turn them back on.
If nothing changes proceed with below solutions. The following are some of the most effective solutions that you can use to try and fix “Default gateway is not available”.

Solution 1: Remove any and all McAfee programs that you have

If you have any McAfee security programs, go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features and completely uninstall them.

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Alternative method, go directly to the Add & Remove Programs by Holding Windows Key and Pressing R, simultaneously, and type appwiz.cpl in the run dialog.

How to Fix Default Gateway Is Not Available

If this solution works, install alternatives to the McAfee programs that you deleted, remember to steer clear of any and all McAfee products. In case the solution doesn’t work, try the next solution and once the solution is solved re-install your anti-virus product.

Solution 2: Disable the Auto Logon feature

As soon as the computer starts, auto log-on feature logs the user within the user account which was lastly being used when the computer was shut down.
There is no any direct method to disable the auto-logon feature. The best way is to set up certain passwords for the accounts on the computer, therefore preventing the auto log-on feature from being activated. Create simple passwords that you will easily remember.

Solution 3: Update your network adapter’s drivers

•    Open the Device Manager.
•    Expand the Network adapters.
•    Right-click on the network adapter that you are currently using
•    Click on Update Driver Software… in the contextual menu.

Click on Search automatically for updated driver software and allow Windows to search for and download any available software updates for your network adapter’s drivers.
In case there are no fruitful results yielded there is quite a significant chance that the results are a false negative and that more recent versions of your network adapter’s drivers actually do exist. Visit the official website of your computer’s or your network adapter’s manufacturer, proceed to their Downloads page and determine whether or not a newer version of your network adapter’s drivers is available. Download and install the newer version of the drivers if available.

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If the affected computer has trouble maintaining a stable internet connection for the amount of time required for you to update its network adapter’s drivers, search for troubleshooting and open the Windows Troubleshooter, click on Network and Internet > Internet connections > Next > Troubleshoot my internet connection and follow the onscreen instructions, and your internet connection should be restored at the end of the process, for a large enough period of time for you to update the network adapter drivers of the affected computer.

In case that does not work, use another computer to download the latest drivers for the affected computer’s network adapter from the manufacturer’s website, transfer them to the affected computer via DVD or USB and then install them.

Solution 4: Uninstall your network adapter drivers

Uninstall your network adapter drivers can help fix the “default gateway not available” problem within the windows 8. Don’t worry about the un-installation because windows will detect the network adapter drivers once the reboot is done and it will reinstall it again so that the drivers remain intact.

Uninstall your network adapter drivers

•    Open the device Manager
•    Expand “network adapters”
•    Right-click on the network adapter that you are using presently.
•    Click on the “uninstall” button, and then confirm the action.
•    After the restart, your network adapter shall be detected. Its drivers shall re-install once the boot is complete.

Solution 5: Change your network adapter’s drivers

Switching your network adapter’s drivers with a different set of drivers that you already have on your computer is a notoriously popular fix for the infamous “Default gateway is not available” issue on Windows 8. eg, if you have a Broadcom 802.11a Network Adapter, you will need to change it to a Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter, and vice versa.

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In this case you need to:
•    Search and open the Device Manager
•    Expand the Network adapters.
•    Right-click on the network adapter that you are currently using.
•    Click on Update Driver Software… in the contextual menu.
-Click on Browse my computer for driver software.
-Click on Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
-Uncheck the Show compatible hardware.

If your network adapter was listed as a Broadcom 802.11a Network Adapter in the Device Manager before, select the Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter from the list. Click on Next and follow the onscreen instructions to change your network adapter’s drivers.

If this does not work or if you have a network adapter other than a Broadcom one, keep changing your network adapter’s driver to a different one from the list, and you should be able to find at least one driver that is not affected by the “Default gateway is not available” problem and is capable of sustaining a stable internet connection as a network adapter normally should.