How to fix Local Area connection adapter driver errors

Milan Stanojevic
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  • Sometimes you can't connect to your Wi-Fi or PPPoE network and you receive the error: There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter
  • The origin of this error is a problem with the network adapter or your VPN software.
  • If you're having any issues with your PC, head over to our Tech Troubleshooting section.
  • Our Network & Internet Hub is the place to start if you have any other Internet connection problems.
There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter

Did you try to connect to your Wi-Fi or PPPoE network and couldn’t do it due to There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter error?

As you may know, this error can be caused by faulty network adapter settings, or by your VPN software.

In this article, we will explore the best methods that will fix this issue and allow you to connect to the Internet once again.

How can I fix the Local Area connection adapter error?

  1. Update the network driver automatically
  2. Update the network adapter driver manually
  3. Reset your network connection
  4. Check the WLAN AutoConfig dependency services

1. Update the network driver automatically

Many times, the error message can be pretty cryptic but this time, the reason is pretty clear and it is pointing out to a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter.

That means we have to try and update the network adapter driver and there’s no easier way of doing that than using a specialized solution like DriverFix.

It’s very easy to use and it will prevent damaging your computer by downloading and installing the wrong driver.

First, you need to download and install FriverFix. When you start the program, it will go straight to work by scanning your computer for any driver problems on your system.

After a few minutes, you will get a list of recommended drivers to install.

DriverFix automatically update driversYou don’t have to install all of them if you don’t want to. Just click on the boxes corresponding to the network driver and hit the install button from its right.

If you change your mind, click on the Select All box above the list. That will install all the recommended drivers from the list.

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2. Update the network adapter driver manually

  1. Right-click on the Start button, and choose Device Manager.device manager There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter
  2.  Expand the Network adapters tab and try to update all drivers from that section.network adapters There might be a problem with the driver

Uninstall the Network adapter driver

  1. Select your Network adapter, and select Uninstall.
  2. After the process is complete, restart your PC.
  3. After reboot, re-open the Device Manager by following the steps mentioned above and click on the Action menu.
  4. Select Scan for hardware changes and after the process completes, choose Install missing drivers automatically. scan for hardware changes There might be a problem with the driver

Note: If the problem still persists, visit the official site of the manufacturer and download the drivers manually.


3. Reset your network connection

  1. Click on the Start button, then click on the cog wheel icon (Settings)settings app Ethernet error
  2. Choose Network and Internet option from the new window.network and internet There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter
  3. Scroll down to the bottom and choose Network reset.
  4. Choose Yes, and hit Reset Now.

4. Check the WLAN AutoConfig dependency services

  1. Press the Windows key + R, type in services.msc, and press Enter.services run window Local Area connection adapter driver problem
  2. Right-click on WLAN AutoConfig and select Properties.
  3. Select the Dependencies tab and check if you have the elements listed below.dependencies tab There might be a problem with the driver
  4. If all looks good, click on the General tab, and set the Startup type to Automatic.startup type automatic There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter
  5. Restart your computer and check if the issue was solved.

In this article we explored some of the best methods to fix There might be a problem with the driver for the Local Area connection adapter error on Windows 10.

We hope this guide helped you with your Ethernet problem. Please feel free to let us know in the Comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.