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How to prevent Windows 10 from connecting to the Internet

Hi, how are you? Maybe the title of this post will sound a little confusing. In fact, in today’s technological world it is normal to be connected to the Internet. And if for some reason, the connectivity is lost, then most of the tutorials are oriented to recover the connection. On the other hand, computers are usually permanently connected to the network. Either through the wired connection or through Wi-Fi. These makes uploading a web page or downloading a file a quick process. But as mentioned above, the operating systems are designed to be always connected. Although this is useful most of the time, you might want to disconnect from the network sometime.

In those cases, the quickest solution seems to be to disconnect the cable or turn off the Wi-Fi device. However, it is possible that the cable is not accessible or the Wi-Fi device cannot be turned off. Fortunately, there are methods from within Windows to suspend network connectivity without disconnecting physical devices. For this reason we will see how to prevent Windows 10 from connecting to the Internet.

How to cut the Internet connection from the Windows registry

There is a very fast and effective method of cutting off the internet connection. This requires editing the Windows registry. With this intention, press the Win+R combination and run the regedit command.

Open the registry editor
Open the registry editor

Then please proceed to the next registration route:

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Then click on any blank space and create a New>DWORD (32-bit) value

Please create a new DWORD value (32 Bits)
Please create a new DWORD value (32 Bits)

This new value will be assigned the name SoftDisconnectConnections and in the field corresponding to the value, please set the number 1. Saving this value will immediately cut off any internet connection.

Save the value to cut the internet connection.
Save the value to cut the internet connection.

How to disable the Internet from the connections panel

Another quick way to interrupt internet access is through the network connections panel. To access it, please press the Win+R combination and run the command: ncpa.cpl

Access the network connection panel
Access the network connections panel

A window with all the connections will be displayed immediately. Please right click on the active network, and deactivate it to interrupt the connection.

Disables the connection device
Disables the connection device

Disconnect the Internet with the Windows Firewall

Finally, it is possible to manage network connections through the Windows firewall. From this app it is possible to choose the type of network, the programs that connect and also block any type of incoming connection. In fact, this is a very powerful Firewall to which we will dedicate a complete post later.

Blocks all incoming connections
Blocks all incoming connections


Ultimately we have seen how to prevent Windows 10 from connecting to the Internet. These methods serve as an emergency way in case of a cyberattack or other threat. Likewise, it avoids having to disconnect physical devices. All right, I hope you enjoyed this post. Before saying goodbye, I invite you to see our post about the new Instagram app for Windows 10.

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