Solved: One or More Network Protocols Are Missing in Windows 10

Experience No Internet Access and getting One or more network protocols are missing on this computer “Windows sockets registry entries required for network connectivity are missing” error while Running the Network Adapter troubleshooter? Here are some Applicable Solutions To fix :

“Windows sockets registry entries required for network connectivity are missing”
“One or more network protocols are missing on this computer”
“Could not add the requested feature”
“Network protocols missing error Windows 10“
“One or more network protocols are missing on this computer WiFi”

Network Protocols Are Missing Error

Some Times Users Report After Recent windows update, Or update Network Adapter driver. Internet / Network Connection gets disconnected And Running The network Troubleshooter by right-clicking on the Network icon, results in One or more network protocols are missing. Windows Sockets registry entries that are required for network connectivity. When these entries are missing” it triggers this error reported by Windows Network Diagnostics.

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Update/Re-install Network Adapter Driver

As discussed mostly Network Related problems start due to Installed network adapter Driver (outdated, Corrupted, or may be incompatible with the current windows version). So first Try to update or Re-install the driver by following below.

Update Driver

  • Open Device Manager by press Win + R, type devmgmt.msc, and hit the enter key.
  • Here on the installed driver list expand network adapter, Right-click on installed adapter driver select update driver.
  • Select option Search automatically for updated driver software and follow on-screen instructions to check and install the latest driver version.

update network Adapter driver

Roll-Back Driver option

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If you notice the problem started After the Update, the network adapter driver then performs the Rollback Driver option. Which reverts the current driver to the previously installed version. which may fix this network-related problem.

  1. To perform the Roll-back driver option, open the device manager, expand the network adapter, and double click on the installed network adapter driver.
  2. Next move to the driver tab click on it you will get the option Roll back driver click on.
  3. Select any reason why you are getting roll-back and follow on-screen instructions.

Roll-Back Driver option

Re-Install Driver

If the update / Rollback Driver option does not work for you then simply visit the device manufacturer website on a different computer and download the latest available network adapter, driver. Then open Device manager Expand network adapter right-click on the installed driver and select uninstall And Restart windows.

On the next start windows, install the network adapter driver automatically. Or you can open Device manager -> action -> scan and hardware change. This will install the basic network adapter driver. Then Right-click on it select update driver – > browse my computer for software and set the driver path which you download from before. Follow on-screen instructions to install the driver and restart the computer.

Reset Network Components

After update / Reinstall the network adapter driver still having the same problem and the network troubleshooter results in network protocol missing error. Then try to Re-install the TCP/IP protocol by following below.

To do this open the command prompt as administrator, and perform the command below to reset or reinstall the TCP/IP protocol.

netsh int IP reset  

Reinstall the TCP IP protocol

If getting Resetting failed, Access is denied, Then open Windows registry by press win + R, Type Regedit and hit the enter key. Then open the following path


Here right-click on 26 key and select the Permissions option. When you click on permission this will open a new window. Select Everyone from the usernames list and check enable “Allow” checkbox given for “Full Control” permission. click apply and ok to save changes.

Full Control permission

Then again open the command prompt (admin) and type Full Control permission netsh int IP reset and hit enter key to Reinstall the TCP/IP protocol without any deny error.

Reinstall the TCP IP protocol command

Reset Winsock Catalog to a Clean State

After Reset, The TCP/IP protocol now performs the below command to reset the Winsock Catalog to a clean state.

netsh Winsock reset

netsh winsock reset command

Reconfigure Networking connection setting

Now try to Reconfigure the Network connection Settings to their default setting by performing the below command.

ipconfig /release

ipconfig /renew

ipconfig /flushdns

ipconfig /registerdns

Reinstall the TCP/IP protocol

  • Press Windows Key and Press R, type ncpa.cpl and Click OK.
  • If you have a wired connection or wireless, whatever is the active connection, right-click on it and choose Properties.
  • Under This Component Uses the Following Items, click the Install button.
  • Click Protocol, then click the Add button. Click the Have Disk button. Under Copy Manufacturer’s files from box, type C:\windows\inf and click OK.

Reinstall TCP IP protocol

Under the Network Protocol list, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and then click OK.

If you get the This program is blocked by group policy error, then there is one other registry entry to add to allow this install. open Windows registry and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\safer\codeidentifiers\0\Paths. Right click on paths in the left pane and click Delete. Now repeat the above process to reinstall TCP/IP.

Run System File Checker

Also, Make sure any corrupted missing system files not causing the issue by running the system file checker tool. Which scan and look for missing system files. If found any of the SFC utility restore them from a compressed folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. 

And after performing all the above steps Restart your computer and check it should fix the issue.

These are some most applicable solutions to fix Windows sockets registry entries required for network connectivity are missing, One or more network protocols are missing on this computer, Could not add the requested feature or Network protocols missing error on Windows 10 computer.

I hope to apply the above solutions to resolve the error for you. Still have any queries, suggestions, or face any difficulty while apply the above steps feel free to comment below.

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