FIX: Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002

By: Daniel Segun
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Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002

Today, we will show you how to fix Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002. Windows users reported that when they check their system logs; they experience Microsoft Windows EapHost host error 2002. The error prompt is usually indicated as given below:

Error: EapHost 2002 peer
Skipping: Eap method DLL path name validation failed. Error: typeId=43, authorId=9, vendorId=0, vendorType=0

However, EapHost is a Windows networking component which authenticates connection such as Point-to-Point (P2P) and 802.1X. Also, Windows users who experience this error problem do not have any connectivity problem but they experience software conflicts issues in the long run.

The probable cause for the error message is due to uninstallation of CISCO, invalid/missing Windows Registry keys, incomplete installation of CISCO modules, etc. Hence, Windows Report has come up with some solutions which can clear off Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002.

How to fix Windows EapHost error 2002

  1. Use CCleaner
  2. Run SFC scan
  3. Use Reimage Plus
  4. Perform a clean boot
  5. Use TweakBit Driver Updater
  6. Run system restore in safe mode
  7. Update network adapters driver in Device Manager
  8. Install the latest Windows updates
  9. Reset the PC

Solution 1: Use CCleaner

CCleaner has a feature called “registry cleaner”. By using this feature, you can remove software leftovers, missing shared DLLs, unused file extensions, and many more. To cut a long story short, you can remove components causing Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002. Here’s how to download, install, and use CCleaner:

  1. Download CCleaner free version or Download CCleaner Pro version.
  2. Install and follow the prompts to complete the installation.
  3. After installation, launch CCleaner, and then click on “Analyze” option.
  4. After CCleaner has finished scanning, click on “Run Cleaner”. Follow the prompts to enable CCleaner delete the temporary files.

You can also use other third-party registry cleaners. For more information on the best registry cleaners to install, check out our list. Meanwhile, if the error prompt persists, you may proceed to the next method.

Solution 2: Run SFC scan

System File Checker (aka SFC) scans for the corrupt or missing system files and repairs them. Here’s how to run an SFC scan on your Windows 10 PC:

  1. Go to Start > type cmd > right-click Command Prompt > select Run as Administrator.microsoft windows eaphost error 2002
  2. Now, type the sfc /scannow command.microsoft windows eaphost error 2002
  3. Wait for the scanning process to complete and then restart your computer. All corrupted files will be replaced on reboot.

In addition, you can also use a dedicated tool, such as Ashampoo Win Optimizer and IOLO System Mechanic to check for system file corruption. However, if the error prompt persists, you may proceed to the next method.

Solution 3: Use Reimage Plus

Reimage Plus, on the other hand, is a utility tool that scans system so as to update, fix, and repair any corrupted/outdated driver/tools. It is also applicable in fixing Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002 problem.

Meanwhile, you can make use of Reimage Plus’ free or Pro version. The Pro version saves time and offers you total support. Also, you get a full refund in case you are not satisfied with the Pro version. Follow these steps to use Reimage Plus:

  1. Download Reimage Plus here and install it.
  2. After installation, run Reimage Plus and select the ‘scan now’ option. This allows Driver Easy to scan your system and spot any available problem drivers.
  3. If you are using the free version, continue by selecting the ‘update’ icon just beside a headset driver to carry out an automatic download and installation of the appropriate driver.
  4. For those with a Pro version, select the ‘update all’ option to download and install the right version of the outdated or missing drivers automatically.

In addition, after the auto-update of your PC drivers, reboot your PC to complete the changes.

Solution 4: Perform a clean boot

Software conflicts related CISCO application may start up and run in the background whenever you start Windows. However, clean boot starts up your PC in a clean state without any software conflicts.

In order to successfully perform a clean boot on Windows 10, you have to be logged on as the administrator, and then follow these steps:

  1. Go to the search box, and then type “msconfig”
  2. Select System Configuration to open the dialog box as below:
  3. Find Services tab, and then select Hide all Microsoft services box
  4. Click Disable allmicrosoft windows eaphost error 2002
  5. Go to Startup tab
  6. Click Open Task Manager
  7. Close Task manager then click Ok
  8. Finally, reboot your PC

Alternatively, we do recommend that you use program uninstaller such as Hitman Pro, CCleaner, and IObit Uninstaller to remove CISCO related application causing the error problem.

Solution 5: Use TweakBit Driver Updater

TweakBit Driver Updater

Another automated solution which you can use to fix Microsoft Windows eaphost error 2002 is TweakBit Driver Updater. In addition, this tool is approved by Microsoft and Norton Antivirus. After several tests, our team concluded that you can use this tool to fix the error problem. Here’s how to use Tweakbit Driver Updater:

  1. Download and install TweakBit Driver Updater.
  2. Once installed, the program will start scanning your PC for outdated drivers automatically. Wait for the scan to complete.
  3. Upon scan completion, you get a report on all problem drivers found on your PC. Review the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once.
  4. To update one driver at a time, click the ‘Update driver’ link next to the driver name. Or simply click the ‘Update all’ button at the bottom to automatically install all recommended updates.

Note: Some drivers need to be installed in multiple steps so you will have to hit the ‘Update’ button several times until all of its components are installed.

Disclaimer: Some functions of this tool are not free.

Solution 6: Run system restore in safe mode

Safe mode starts your PC in a limited state with only basic files and drivers running. Hence, you can perform system restore in safe mode to revert back to a certain restore point on your system before you get the error message. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Shut down your PC and turn it on again.
  2. Navigate to the “Run in Safe Mode” option and hit “Enter”.
  3. Go to Start > Type “system restore” and then hit “Enter”.
  4. Follow the prompts to revert back to a certain restore point.
  5. Wait for the process to complete, and then reboot.

Note: Ensure you are able to identify the restore point date before Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002 display. Also, System Restore does not affect any of your files, documents, and personal data.

Solution 7: Update network adapters driver in Device Manager

Also, you can fix Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002 by updating your PC’s network adapter drivers. This solution fixes any connectivity problem which could emanate as a result of the eaphost error. Here’s how to do this:

  • Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and then hit Enter. (Alternatively you can right-click on Windows key and select Device Manager).
  • In the Device Manager window, expand Network adapters section.WiFi adapter won’t connect to router
  • Then, right-click on your Network Adapter and select Update Driver Software.
  • Click Search automatically for updated driver software.
  • Once the steps are complete, click Close. After installing the updated driver, click Start>Power>Restart

Note: If Windows doesn’t find a new driver, you can visit the device’s manufacturer website so as to download the latest network adapter driver from there.

Downloading drivers manually is a process that carries the risk of getting the wrong driver installed, which may lead to serious malfunctions. The safer and easier way to update drivers on a Windows computer is by using an automatic tool such as TweakBit Driver Updater.

This tool will scan all your devices and will give you an exhaustive list of all your drivers. Using an extensive database, it will update them to the latest version if you want, but it also allows you to select which driver to update.

Disclaimer: some features of this tool are not free.

Alternatively, you can also revert back the old driver versions if updating the driver does not fix the issue.

Solution 8: Install the latest Windows updates

Meanwhile, we recommend that you run Windows Update to fix the error problem. Microsoft constantly releases new Windows updates; recent update improves your system’s performance and fixes various issues and errors on your Windows PC.

Follow these steps to run Windows update:

  1. Go to Start>type “update” in the search box and then click on “Windows Update” to proceed.
  2. In the Windows Update window, check for updates and install the available updates.Start Menu button frozen
  3. After the update is complete, restart your Windows PC.

Solution 9: Reset the PC

Ultimately, you can reset your PC to fix Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002. However, this solution is an advanced recovery option which restores your PC to its factory state. Here’s how to reset your Windows 10 PC:

  1. Hard power off your PC 3 times until the Advanced Recovery environment appears.
  2. Choose “Advanced options”.
  3. Now, select Troubleshoot.
  4. Hence, Click “Reset this PC”
  5. Choose whether you want to keep or delete your files and apps.
  6. Click “Reset” to proceed.

We hope that the solutions listed above helped you to fix the annoying Microsoft Windows EapHost error 2002. You can post back with the status of the issue and we will be glad to assist you further. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.

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