Learn how to resolve the “Windows sockets registry entries required for network connectivity are missing” error message when you try to access the Internet in Windows 10.
Method 1: Reset Windows Sockets
The quickest fix is to reset the Windows Sockets item using the Command Prompt. To do that, you can follow the steps below:
Step 1. Start the Command Prompt as Administrator by pressing Windows Key + X and selecting Command Prompt (Admin).
Step 2. When the Command Prompt window starts. Type the following command and press Enter:
Step 3. Restart the computer to complete the reset.
If the problem persists, you may need to remove the Winsock keys from the registry and reinstall TCP/IP. Method 2 shows you the manual steps.
Method 2: Remove the Winsock Registry and Reinstall TCP / IP
First, you need to delete the Winsock Registry, follow these instructions:
Step 1. Click Windows Key + R and type regedit in the Run dialog box to open the Registry Editor. Click OK or press Enter.
Step 2. From the left pane of Registry Editor, go to the following registry key:
Step 3. At this registry location, locate Winsock and right-click on it and select Export. This will save the backup of the registry entry to an appropriate location. Next, perform the registration right on the same key and click Delete.
Step 4. Perform step 3 with WinSock2.
(Go to the following registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesWinsock2)
Step 5. Continue, you can exit the Registry Editor.
- After deleting the Winsock Registry, you need to reinstall the TPC/IP.
Step 6. Log on to Windows as Administrator.
Step 7. Press Windows Key + X and select Control Panel. Then go to Network and Internet>Network Connections. Here you click on your current connection (Ethernet or Local Area Connection) and select Properties.
Step 8. Install …
Step 9. Now select Protocol in the Select Network Feature Type dialog box and click Add to open the Network Protocol window.
Step 10. Click Install …
Step 11. In the manufacturer’s copied files, type C: windows inf and click OK.
Step 12. Finally, select Internet Protocol (TCP / IP) – Tunnels and click OK to save the changes. You can close the Network and Sharing Center and then restart your computer and see if the problem is resolved.