How To Fix Error Message : In Order To Configure TCP/IP , You Must Install And Enable Network Adapter Error In Windows

Often when device drivers are updated for network interface card, the mismatch between previous model of network adapter and newer one (or the newer driver) can cause a weird error which pops up when trying to access TCP/IP properties and looks something like this :

TCP/IP error for network card in Windows 8

Fortunately, there is a very simple fix for this and works on all versions of Windows. To remove this error :

1. First open Device Manager from Control Panel.

Device Manager in Control Panel

2. Then drill down to the specific network adapter and select “Uninstall”.

Uninstall existing network adapter

3. After it’s removed, make it detect automatically by Windows using Actions > Scan for hardware changes.

Scan for hardware changes from Device Manager

4. The network adapter will once again show up in installed devices list.

Now try accessing the TCP/IP properties for that adapter, the error will no longer pop-up and the IP settings can be changed as needed.

TCP/IP properties window can be accessed without the error


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  3. Charles says:

    It works. Great answer. Thanks.

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  5. Raj says:

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  6. Prasanth says:

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