Fix: Default Gateway Not Available in Windows 8 & 8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 23, 2014

The network automatically disconnected when you work on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1? In such case, you can run the troubleshooter to check what causes the problem. If you get an error saying that Default Gateway Not Available, that means the network adapter is turned off by default to reduce the power consumption.
default gateway not available

Here are several steps that can help you solve your problem:

1. Log into the Windows operating system as the administrator.

2. Go to the Desktop and click on the File Explorer icon from the Taskbar.

3. Right-click This PC in the left navigation bar and select Manage.
This PC

4. Click the Device Manager from the left pane when the Computer Management dialog opens.

5. Expand the Network Adapters folder on the right pane.

6. Right-click on the network adapter which you are using and click Properties.

7. Move to Power Management tab on NIC’s properties box.

8. Uncheck the checkbox of Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.

9. When finishes, click OK button and close the Computer Management window.

10. Restart your computer so as to the changes you made can take effect.

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TESTED:  23 Feb