This registry workshop will show you how to use WiFi and Ethernet at same time in Windows 10 by configuring fMinimizeConnections setting.

By default, Windows uses following network priority order:

  • Ethernet
  • WLAN
  • Cellular

This means Windows always prefer to connect to Ethernet first, when available. Although users can still select the network connection type they want to use. But it is seen that if you’re connected to wireless/WiFi connection and then you connect to wired/Ethernet connection, wireless/WiFi connection is automatically disconnected. Sometimes users may have requirement to use both wired and wireless connection at same time. This article will help you to achieve this aim.

According to Microsoft, fMinimizeConnections is the Group Policy setting that you can configure to enable multiple connections at same time in Windows 10. This policy setting helps to identify if your system can have multiple connections and if possible, allow the machine to do that. Once the policy determined that your system can have multiple connections, it then takes care of how network traffic is routed.

So in case if you want to use wired and wireless connections at same instance, you need to perform this simple registry manipulation:

How To Use WiFi And Ethernet At Same Time In Windows 10

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and type regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WcmSvc\Local

How To Use WiFi And Ethernet At Same Time In Windows 10

3. Now in the right pane of Local registry key, right click and select New > DWORD Value. Name this registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as fMinimizeConnections and let its Value data set to 0.

4. Close Registry Editor and reboot to make changes effective. After restarting your system, you’ll see that both wireless and wired network connections are active atm.

FYI: This method may not work with Windows 10 V1903. Please refer to comments mentioned below for workaround.

That’s it!

Related: How To Change The Network Connection Priority In Windows 10.

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12 Comments

  • In Windows 10 Pro 1903 this solution no longer works – at least for me. I already did this on 1803 and worked. After I updated to 1903 a month ago, the wifi adapted switches off when I plug in Ethernet cable, and I cannot find any way to disable it. I need Wifi and Ethernet at the same time to connect to different networks, but this is not possible now.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks Gábor for your comment, I’ll investigate this and revert you back.

  • Same for my, if you use HP u can disable HP LAN/WAN/WWAN Switching UWP Service

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for adding this!

  • @polzmacher: I are using HP Probook 450 G2. Disabling HP LAN/WAN/WWAN Switching UWP Service worked with me. Thanks so much.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for confirming this!

  • @polzmacher…..YES! Thanks so much! After infinite dinking around with every suggested fix with regedit, and BIOS setting, and changing network metrics from GUI and PowerShell, and various service enable/disables, and power management tweaks…….FINALLY disabling the HP LAN/WAN/WWAN Switching UWP service enabled Win 10 to run ethernet and WiFi simultaneously. THANKS for this post this fix!

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Great!

  • Thanks to polzmacher, it worked great after disabling the HP LAN/WAN/WWAN….
    Nice and easy

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Cool!

  • Works well on a Dell 5490 with Win10 Enterprise 1703

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad that worked Rohit!

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