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Published: September 8, 2016 | Applies to:

Learn how to manually fix "Windows couldn't automatically bind the IP protocol stack to the network adapter" error for Windows 10, in this post.

We all know that Windows 10 comes with built-in troubleshooters that helps you to deal various issues on your system. Recently, I came around a network related problem on my Windows 10 Pro machine. In this scenario, there were no Internet connectivity on my system though the router was working perfectly and other devices were able to connect it. Using built-in Windows troubleshooter for network issues, I finally found the root cause for the problem. The Windows Network Diagnostics enlisted the following issue but was unable to fix it:

There might be a problem with the driver for the Ethernet/Wi-Fi adapter

Windows couldn’t automatically bind the IP protocol stack to the network adapter.

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

As the built-in troubleshooter was unable to fix the issue, we need to fix it manually. The reason behind this problem is that Windows is unable to get IP address using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) discover packets. On some systems having this issue, it might be possible that third-party Virtual Private Network (VPN) clients or network tools installed are causing this problem. The first step to solve the problem is to remove these third-party clients and reset Windows Sockets. If the issue still persists, try these fixes:

FIX : Windows Couldn’t Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Via Network Adapter Properties

1. Right click on network icon on taskbar and select Open Network and Sharing Center.

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

2. In the Network and Sharing Center window, click Change adapter settings link.

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

3. Next, in the Network Connections window, right click on the network adapter with which you’re facing issue and select Properties.

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

4. Moving on, in your network adapter property sheet, under This connection uses the following items section, keep only these entries checked and uncheck remaining ones:

  • Client for Microsoft Networks
  • File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks
  • QoS packet scheduler
  • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder
  • Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
  • Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O driver
  • Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver
  • Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

Click OK and close Network and Sharing Center. You can now check the status of the issue and it must be resolved by now. If it isn’t, carry on the steps provided in FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Using Registry Editor

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In the Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkCards

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

3. Expand the NetworkCards registry key and you’ll see some key numbered 2, 3 and so on. For each of these registry sub-key, in the corresponding right pane, you’ll see Description registry string (REG_SZ). Using Description’s Value data, you can identify to which adapter the registry sub-key corresponds. So in this way, when you spot your network adapter’s registry sub-key, double click on ServiceName registry string (REG_SZ) and copy its Value data. This data will be required in next step.

4. Now navigate to this registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces\<Value Data of ServiceName string>

Replace <Value Data of ServiceName string> with the value we copied in previous step.

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

5. In the right pane, do a right click and select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as DhcpConnEnableBcastFlagToggle. Double click on it to modify its Value data:

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

6. Put the Value data equals to 1 and click OK. Close the Registry Editor and reboot, the problem should be fixed after a restart.

FIX Windows Couldn't Automatically Bind The IP Protocol Stack To The Network Adapter In Windows 10

Hope this helps!


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16 Comments

  • Dude, you made my day. Have been searching for a fix for my wi fi problem since a few days after my windows upgrade to Win 10. Your fix 2 worked for me without any problem. So nice of you for posting with screenshots. Really helped. Thanx a ton..

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😎

  • Man, why couldn’t post this 2 months backk… I have been thinking to downgrade to win 7, but I thought I wanna give a last try for solving my prob. And Voila!!! U posted a perfect solution for this problem. So much thanks to u…
    I searched in many websites… But in ur website it is crystal clear and focussed on fixing the prob with nice screenshots… Kudos for ur effort…..And hope u maintain this site like this only ……

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Happy to help, thanks for your feedback ☺️

  • I still have the same problem. Have tried the above with no luck. I have a realtek PCIe GBE Family controller, (Driver ver 9.1.404.2015, date 4/5/2015) and a Media Tek 802.11n wireless lan card, (Driver ver 5.0.57.0, date 5/18/2015). Both have a message under events in their properties that further installation is required. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ The drivers seems outdated, update them using steps mentioned here: http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-manually-update-device-drivers-in-windows-10. Then retry steps mentioned here.

  • Updated the drivers through device manager, though the wireless driver was the latest version. Went back through the steps above and still have the same issue. I also removed all instances of zone alarm as i read that also could cause problems. This all happened after the computer updated overnight on the 5th Oct. I now have a whole lot of files that say they were installed on that date. Is it possible that a virus has disabled a service and this is causing the issue?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Yes, it might be possible. Have you installed Anniversary Update on that date? Because this update has caused several issues to some systems, so it might be culprit as well. Another thing you can try restore your system to some earlier date, that may be helpful, IMO.

  • I would have restored to an earlier date but they all seem to have been deleted. Don’t have anniversary update installed.

  • Thanks man .
    It worked ..
    Thank you very much.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad it worked 😊

  • Mine is a wired ethernet connection on a PC I migrated from Windows 8 a while back. Everything was fine until about a month ago. I tried evrything listed here and no luck. Then I remembered Eric Campfens’ comment about Zone Alarm. I uninstalled it and was able to connect. Zone Alarm probably did an update sometime back and it created the issue. However, I really appreciated your clear and concise instructions. I have rusty PC skills so your directions we perfect for me to work with. Too many gear heads don’t talk at the layman’s level so their “help” is pretty much worthless to me. Keep up the good work, Kapil! (And thank you, Eric for the side comment!)

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your feedback, Norman! Much appreciated 😊

  • I had a wired ethernet that stopped working for last two days. I spent lot of time reading internet posts but nothing worked finally got your page and Step-1 to 4 provided in your post worked just like charm. You made my day. Quit happy and satisfied now only because of your expert advice.
    Thank you & Regards

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Awesome 😎

  • why Iam get this problen again 3 day after reset windows

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