How to Make Windows to Prioritise Ethernet over WiFi connection

I have establish automated backup script processes for all Laptops and most significant Desktops in the company I work for.

Most of the time this back up process is failing as the users forget to disconnect their laptops from the WiFi network and use only the Lan connection.

I have found a round up how to make Windows to prioritise Ethernet over WiFi connection. So lets get started:

Note: This will work in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10.

  • Click on Start\Control Panel\Network and Sharing Center and click Change adapter settings on the left (alternatively press the Win+R on your keyboard and type ncpa.cpl into the run box and hit enter.).
  • Then hit the Alt key on your keyboard to get the menu.
  • Choose Advanced\Advanced Settings.

In the Advanced Settings window, you will see all the types of your computer connections, listed in the Connections section.
Select a type, in my case I have selected the Ethernet connection, and use the arrows on the right to change the order.
Ethernet must appear at the top.
Once this done Click OK to exit from the Advanced Settings windows and save the new settings.

Windows will now prefer the Ethernet network if connected over the Wi-Fi connection for all your network traffic.

You could run route print from the command prompt to see double check the order.

You can always change the order of the connections if you no longer want to prioritise the Ethernet connection over WiFi connection.

Please leave your comments below with your thoughts or alternative methods.


Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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