When your computer connects to a new wireless network, it creates a new profile for that network. This profile has SSID and a pre-shared key. It also has some other important security information that is important for the network.
However, the connection process does not always go smoothly as it sometimes leads to the incorrect PSK provided by the network SSID. This error may appear after changing the PSK at the time of updating the password. Before we move on to get to know how to fix an incorrect Pre-shared key, you need to know what is the PSK of a network.
It is actually a long series of random letters and numbers that gets generated when a device joins the network through a Wi-Fi access point. Whenever a user logs into a Wi-Fi network using the network name and password, your PC uses these details for creating a pre-shared key. The PSK in conjunction with other details can create a complicated encryption key.
Various reasons can lead to incorrect PSK for network SSID issues on your PC. One of the common causes of this issue is your router using the default Windows adapter. The adapter treats your router as Wi-Fi protected access to 2 networks.
When such a thing happens, it leads to an authentication error even when you enter the correct password. This error can lead to a wrong password or a corrupt network driver or an incorrect password. Issues in the modem, network profile, or network profile can also be the cause of this problem.
Before we move on to the technical and complicated solutions, let us first start with the basic solutions. In case you have been using your network device for a very long time too without turning it off, then you must try restarting your router.
Just turn off your router or modem and wait for at least 3 minutes and allow it to cool off. After that, turn on your device and allow it to connect. When you restart your wireless device, it refreshes your internet connection and most of the time it fixes your error.
If Windows is using a default adapter, then your Windows device will not be able to recognize the encryption mechanism. To fix this problem, you are required to download and install a dedicated driver, which can remove all incompatibility issues.
As you are not able to connect to your Wi-Fi, you can use a hotspot or an ethernet connection. Alternatively, you should download a driver on another PC and transfer it to a USB drive that you will use to connect to your machine. There are two ways to update your network driver i.e, manually and automatically. Here, we are going to discuss the manual method.
Option 1: Update your network driver manually
First of all, you need to establish the manufacturer of our wireless adapter and determine the model. When you do this, then you need to follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Go to the official website of your router's manufacturer and then search for the latest driver available for your model.
Step 2: Download your driver and make sure it corresponds to your Windows version.
Step 3: Transfer your file to the USB drive.
Step 4: Connect your PC to the USB drive that has issues.
Step 5: After that, transfer your file to the desktop or any other location.
Step 6: Open the file by double-clicking on it and then carry out the commands appearing on your screen for installing the network driver.
If you are able to bring your computer online, then you can use Windows Update for installing the latest driver for your network.
Step 1: You need to open Device Manager and then right-click on the Windows key. After that, press the Windows and X key and then select Device Manager.
Step 2: Search for and then expand the network adapter option.
Step 3: Go to your network adapter and then right-click on it and then select Update driver. Carry out the instructions appearing on your screen to complete this procedure.
Generally, your computer creates a new profile automatically for a wireless network that you wish to connect to. Sometimes this procedure fails which further leads to "incorrect PSK provided for network SSID.
In some cases, the profile and settings remain the same even after changing the password. To resolve this issue, you need to delete the existing wireless network profile from your computer.
Below are the steps that you need to follow for the same.
Step 1: Go to the network icon in the notification area of your taskbar and then select the "Open network and internet settings".
Step 2: Go to the Settings page below the Network and Internet tab and then select Wi-Fi. After that, select the option of Manage Unknown Networks.
Step 3: Search for the problematic network that you need to delete. Select it and then select Forget.
Try to reconnect to the network again and check if it is working.
Below are the steps that you are required to follow in order to connect to the network manually.
Step 1: Go to the Windows logo on your computer and then open control panel.
Step 2: After that, navigate to the View by option and then select, "Network and Internet".
Step 3: Go to the next page and choose Network and Sharing center. After that, select the option of "set up a new connection".
Step 4: Select the option of "Manually connect to the wireless network" and then select Next.
Step 5: Provide the wireless network information that you wish to add. Please ensure that you enter the right network name.
Step 6: Enter the right security key, which you are using for other devices.
Step 7: Select Next and then select "Use the existing network".