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How to Fix “One or More Network Protocols are Missing on This Computer” Error in Windows 10

In today article, you will find the solution to very weird and annoying problem present in Windows 10 operating system. I faced this problem in one of my laptop and desktop which have Windows 10 installed in it.

Previously I noticed this problem in Windows 10 Insider Preview build but I assumed that the problem was fixed in Windows 10 RTM build but I was totally wrong. The same problem has started again after installing Windows 10 November Update build 10586.

Let’s talk a little about the problem. You Wi-Fi or any other internet connection suddenly stop working. Even though your computer will show you that its connected to the internet but no site will open in the browser and you will also notice that there is no sign of Internet connectivity. Now if you try to troubleshoot this issue using built-in network troubleshooter, it will show you the following error message:

One or more network protocols are missing on this computer.

After doing this, when you try to look for the detail, it will throw you following reason:

Windows sockets registry entries required for network connectivity are missing.

One or More Network Protocols are Missing on This Computer error

The worst thing is that you won’t find any additional information and no steps to fix the issue and user left with no idea what next to do?

In case, you’re facing this issue, no worries! In this article, you will read about some of the working solutions that will help you to fix this annoying issue.

So without wasting time, why don’t you start checking the fix:

Solution One: Try to Disable Third Party Security or Firewall Suite

If you’re using any third party firewall or security solution on your machine try to disable it temporarily disable its proteciton. Now check it this fix the problem, if Yes, then the problem is occuring due to firewall or security software. To permanently fix this you need to change its setting or switch to other security software.

Solution Two: Try to Update Network Adapter Drivers

This issue may also happening due to faulty, outdated, incompatible or outdated driver of Network adapters. If you know the name of your computer manufacturer, simply head over to the website and download the latest and compatible driver available for the network adapter and install it. After that reboot your computer and maybe this will fix the problem.

Solution Three: Uninstall Network Adapters Using Device Manager

If you find no latest driver for the network adapter, try the following steps:

1. Press WIN+X keys together and from the menu select Device Manager option. You can also launch Device Manager just by executing devmgmt.msc command in Search or Run box.

2. Look for Network adapter section.

3. Make right-click on all the network adapter one by one and choose Uninstall option.

4. Once you uninstalled all of them, make a right click and choose Scan for hardware changes option.Now this will

Now this will rediscovered the adapters and also reinstall the driver. Reboot your computer and it may fix the problem.

Solution Four: Reset Winsock Catalog to a Clean State

If all the above method won’t fix the issue, try to execute the following command to reset Winsock Catalog to clean state:

1. Launch Command Prompt with Administrator2. Now execute the following command:

2. Now execute the following command:netsh winsock reset

netsh winsock reset

3. Restart your computer and this may fix the problem.

Solution Five: Obtain IP Address Automatically and Settings Custom DNS

You need to following the steps below:

1. Make right click on the wireless connection icon you’re connected and select Open Network and Sharing Center.

2. After that click on Wi-Fi connection and this will launch another window. You need to click on properties option.

3. In this window under This connection uses the following items look for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and select it. Now click on Propeties option in the window.

4. Here you need to select Use the following DNS server addresses and fill the following values:

Google Public DNS:

Preferred DNS server: 8.8.8.8
Alternate DNS server: 8.8.4.4

OpenDNS:

Preferred DNS server: 208.67.222.222
Alternate DNS server: 208.67.220.220

5. If possible also try to disable Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) from the connection setting and reboot your computer

Solution Six: Execute IPCONFIG Command to Reconfigure Networking:

1. Launch the Command Prompt with administrator rights and execute the following commands back to back:

netcfg -d
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns
ipconfig /registerdns

2. After that reboot your computer and it may fix the issue.

Solution Seven: Reset IP Configuration using Command Prompt

1. You need to launch Registry Editor. For that type regedit in search box and press Enter.

2. Now navigate to following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Nsi\{eb004a00-9b1a-11d4-9123-0050047759bc}\26

3. Here you need to make right click on 26 key and choose Permission option.

4. Now it will launch the another window. Choose Everyone from the list of the user names and enable Allow checkbox provided for Full Control permission.

5. Close the registry editor and launch the Command Prompt with administrator right and execute the following command:
netsh int ip reset

Now reboot your computer. It shoult fix the problem.

Solution Eight: Fix Windows Sockets Entries in Registry Editor

If all the solution mentioned above fail to fix this issue, then you need to manually fix the Windows Sockets enteries which is available in Registry Editor. You need to navigate to following keys:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Winsock
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinSock2

Here you need to delete the current Winsock and WinSock2 keys from the registry and need to add both keys again from the computer which doesn’t have this issue.

You can also download this registry hack to run the script without going through registry editor process. You just need to extract the REG file. Simply click on it and it will ask for the confirmation, accept it and reboot your computer.

After doing this, you must have working internet connection again!

Why don’t you give a try to all these methods and let me know the one which fixed your internet connection issue in Windows 10.

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