If you installed a new network card or updated your network adapter driver to a different version, in some cases when you try to change the network settings, when you open the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) properties of this network card, you may receive a pop-up window that says: Microsoft TCP/IP; In Order to Configure TCP/IP, You Must Install and Enable a Network Adapter.
As a result, you can’t change the network settings, your computer can not see the local network (LAN), cannot obtain an IP address from the DHCP server and you can’t access Internet. This problem occurs both with Ethernet and Wi-Fi network adapters.
What do you need to do to open the network adapter settings? In this article, we’ll show how to get rid of the error In Order to Configure TCP/IP, You Must Install and Enable a Network Adapter.
According to Microsoft information, this error may appear when you replaced your network adapter with another model, and the old adapter was not removed correctly from the equipment. This error occurs most often in VMWare, Hyper-V and Virtual Box virtual machines, when the user deletes and adds new virtual network adapters (vnic). Microsoft recommends at first to uninstall the old adapter from the device manager before physically removing it.
However, this error can occur even if you did not change the network card and did not update the driver.
Run the command prompt as an administrator and run the following commands:
set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1 start devmgmt.msc
As a result, the Device Manager window opens, in which hidden devices will be displayed.
Expand the Network Adapter section, right-click the network adapter name that is experiencing problems (Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 in this case) and select Uninstall from the menu.
Note. In some cases, you must uninstall all wireless and wired network adapters, except the Microsoft Kernel Debug Network Adapter.
Then, in the Command prompt, run the following commands to reset the TCP/IP stack parameters:
netsh int ip reset netsh interface tcp reset netsh winsock reset
Restart the computer, open the Device Manager again. Then perform the hardware scan (Action > Scan for hardware changes).
A new network card should appear in the list of network adapters. The system will automatically detect it and install the appropriate driver.
Try to open the properties of this network card in the control panel and change the TCP/IP settings.
If the problem persists, try to download and install the latest driver for your network card (exactly for your Windows OS version) from the vendor’s website.