Sometimes Windows 10 may fail to detect Roku, preventing you from streaming videos from your PC to your Roku device. When this happens, your Roku device won’t show up on the list of connected devices on your PC.
Do This if Your PC Won’t Detect Roku
Turn on media streaming
Make sure media streaming is enabled on your computer. To do this:
- Click on the Windows Search box and search for Media Streaming Options.
- Select the first result to open the Media Streaming Options in the Control Panel.
- Click on the Turn on media streaming option.
- Hit OK to save the new settings.
- Check if your PC can now detect Roku.
Microsoft often pushes updates that change your firewall settings and block Windows Media Sharing. If this issue occurred shortly after you upgraded your OS, re-enabling media streaming and sharing should be enough to fix it.
Update Roku and your OS
Make sure Roku is fully up to date. That could be another reason why your PC may fail to detect the device.
- Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
- Navigate to Settings.
- Select System.
- Go to System Update and check for updates.
Also, ensure you’re running the latest Windows 10 OS version as well. Go to Settings → Update & Security → Windows Update and hit the Check for updates button.
Note: Other users said they actually managed to fix this problem by uninstalling the latest updates.
- Open the Control Panel.
- Go to Programs and Features.
- Select Uninstall an update.
- Uninstall the latest updates, restart your computer and check if the issue is gone.
Check your wireless signal
Ensure your Roku device has full bars. If your wireless connection is unstable, your PC may randomly lose the connection to the device.
Use a different WiFi channel and restart your modem. If there are other devices using the connection, disconnect them, and check if you notice any improvements.
Update the wireless network driver
If your wireless network driver is outdated, update it and check if this method worked for you. If not, try reinstalling the wireless network driver.
- Open the Device Manager
- Expand the list of Network Adapters
- Right-click on your wireless network adapter
- Select Update driver or Uninstall device
- Get the latest driver version and check if Roku is now showing up on your PC.