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Fix: Windows 10 Missing Network Protocols [Solved]

If you have a missing network protocol error, then it can block your internet access.

Like other network-related issues, this is also a common problem, and we have explained here how you can fix Windows 10 missing network protocol error.

How To Fix Windows 10 Missing Network Protocol Error?

Follow the steps given below to restore your network protocols when you get Windows 10 missing network protocol error.

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1) Reset Router

When you find internet protocols missing error, reset the router to factory settings.

If your router is configured wrongly, then you may get these types of errors.

Check the backside of the router and find the Reset Press button.

Hold the button for 10 to 15 seconds till you see the light of your router flashing.

After powering back the router, check if you are getting a proper network connection.

2) Run Network Troubleshooters

After resetting your router if you still find ‘Network protocols are missing on this computer’ error, run Windows built-in Internet connections and Network Adapter troubleshooters.

To do so, follow the steps given below:

  • Click on Start Menu and select Settings.
  • Next click on Update & Security and select Troubleshoot option.


  • Click on Additional Troubleshooters as I have shown in the picture below.


  • Now select Internet Connections and Run the Troubleshooter. Wait till the process gets completed.


  • Next, go to the Additional Troubleshooters section again and scroll down to find Network Adapter, and click on it. Run the Troubleshooter.


Let the process get finished. Check if the problem is resolved now, else move on to the next solution.

3) Set Network Protocols To Default Settings

Restoring Network Protocols to their default settings is another effective way to solve network-related issues.

  • Go to the Search Menu and enter Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator option.


  • Copy the following commands one by one in the elevated Command Prompt window. Press the Enter button entering each command.
netsh int ip reset


netsh winsock reset


Run the above commands and this should solve the problem.

 4) Update Network Adapter Drivers

The outdated network drivers can be the reason for internet protocols missing error.

To resolve the problem, update the network drivers as described. Make sure to keep your device drivers always updated in order to avoid issues caused by the outdated drivers.

 5) Reinstall Network Adapter Drivers

If after updating the network adapter drivers could not solve the problem, then try reinstalling the network adapter drivers.

Follow the steps to do so:

  • Press Win + R hotkeys to launch Run Enter devmgmt.msc in the Run command box and press the Enter key.


  • Click on Network Adapters section and right-click on your ethernet driver.
  • Select the Uninstall device option. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish the process.


Restart your PC and Windows will automatically reinstall the ethernet driver. Now if this process does not fix the problem, go to the next solution.

 6) Reset Network Adapter Settings

If there is an incorrect configuration in the network adapter settings, then it may not function properly.

So, follow the steps to reset the network adapters:

  • Open Run utility and enter ncpa.cpl in the Run command box. Press the Enter key.


  • Network Connections window will open now. Locate and right-click on your Network Adapter and expand its Properties.


  • Find IP4 (TCP/IPv4) and double-click on it. Next, go to the Advanced option and click on WINS tab.
  • Locate NetBIOS setting and click on disable NetBIOS over TCP/IP Confirm by clicking OK.


  • Exit the window and check if this has resolved the problem.

 7) Disable Your Firewall Protection

The error message may pop up usually while downloading a file. This can be due to your Firewall protection.

So, disable your Firewall and this should solve the problem. Follow the steps to do so:

  • Go to the Start Menu and enter Windows Defender Firewall in the search box. Select the top option.
  • Click on the Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off option.


  • Now click on the radio buttons to Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (not recommended option) for both Private and Public network settings.


If you are using any third-party antivirus, turn it off.

Closing Up

Hope you have fixed the Windows 10 missing network protocol error after performing the above steps.

For further doubts, ask us in the reply section below.

Sanchita Das
Creative and focused. Always ready to learn new techniques and improvise accordingly. Loves to meet new challenges and explore new possibilities.

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