Fix TAP Windows Adapter V9 error with these solutions

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TAP Windows Adapter V9 error

The TAP–Windows Adapter V9 is a network driver that’s essential for VPN connections. Thus, that network driver gets automatically installed with VPN software. The TAP-Windows Adapter V9 driver’s default folder path is: C:/Program Files/Tap-Windows.

However, some users have stated on forums that their internet connections don’t work with the TAP-Windows Adapter enabled. Even when they disable the TAP network driver, it automatically re-enables itself. Thus, users still can’t connect. Here are some resolutions for that TAP-Windows Adapter V9 error.

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  1. Open the Internet Connections Troubleshooter
  2. Reset the TAP-Windows Adapter Connection
  3. Uninstall Both the TAP-Windows Adapter and VPN Software
  4. Reset Windows 10

1. Open the Internet Connections Troubleshooter

First, users can check out the Internet Connections troubleshooter in Windows. That’s a troubleshooter which can fix all kinds of connection issues. So, it might be worth checking if that troubleshooter can provide any resolutions for the TAP-Windows Adapter V9 connection error.

Follow the guidelines below to open the Internet Connections troubleshooter in Windows 10.

  1. Press the Windows key + Q hotkey, which opens Cortana.
  2. Input the keyword troubleshoot in Cortana, and open Troubleshoot.
    troubleshoot TAP Windows Adapter V9 error
  3. Select Internet Connections and click Run the troubleshooter to open the window directly below.
    troubleshooter TAP Windows Adapter V9 error
  4. Select the Troubleshoot my connection to the internet option.
  5. Then go through the resolutions the troubleshooter provides.

2. Reset the TAP-Windows Adapter Connection

Resetting the TAP adapter, by disabling and re-enabling it, will reset its network functions. So, that might also fix the TAP-Windows Adapter V9 error.

Users can reset the TAP adapter as follows.

  1. Open Cortana’s search box.
  2. Enter network in Cortana’s text box and select Network status to open the window shown directly below.
    TAP Windows Adapter V9 error network status
  3. Click Network and Sharing Center to open the window in the snapshot below.network and sharing center TAP-Windows Adapter V9 error
  4. Then click Change adapter settings to open the Control Panel applet shown below.network connections
  5. Right-click the TAP-Windows Adapter and select Disable.
  6. Wait a minute, and then right-click TAP-Windows Adapter and select Enable.

3. Uninstall Both the TAP-Windows Adapter and VPN Software

The best resolution for the TAP-Windows Adapter V9 error might be to uninstall the TAP adapter, which is ultimately the source of the connection issue. However, it’s not always enough just to uninstall that adapter as the VPN software installed might reinstall the missing network driver it needs.

So, users also need to uninstall VPN software. This is how users can uninstall the TAP adapter and VPN software.

  1. Right-click the Start button and select Device Manager.device manager TAP Windows Adapter V9 error
  2. Double-click Network adapters to expand that category.
  3. Right-click TAP-Windows Adapter V9 and select Uninstall device.
  4. Then press the Uninstall button to remove the device.
  5. To uninstall the VPN software, press the Windows key + R hotkey.
  6. Input appwiz.cpl in Run, and press the Return key.programs and features TAP Windows Adapter V9 error
  7. Then select the VPN software listed on the Programs and Features Control Panel applet.
  8. Press the Uninstall button to remove the selected VPN software.
  9. Click Yes to further confirm.
  10. Then restart Windows after uninstalling the TAP adapter and VPN software.

Users who would prefer to retain the VPN software can try reinstalling it. Reinstalling the software might also resolve the connection error. To do that, download the most recent version of the VPN client software and install it. That will also reinstall the TAP adapter.

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4. Reset Windows 10

Some users have also confirmed that resetting Windows 10 fixes the TAP-Windows Adapter V9 error. Users can reset Windows 10 and retain their files. However, they will need to reinstall apps and software that weren’t preinstalled.

In addition, you might also need to set up your default internet connection again. Users can reset Windows 10 as follows.

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  1. Open the Cortana app, and enter reset as the search keyword.
  2. Click Reset this PC to open the window shown directly below.reset this PC Adapter V9 error
  3. Click Get started to open the Reset this PC window.choose an option TAP-Windows Adapter V9 error
  4. Press the Keep my files button.
  5. Click the Next button, and then select the Reset option.

So, that’s how users can fix the TAP-Windows Adapter V9 error to restore their connections. Uninstalling the TAP adapter and VPN software will usually fix the issue. Then users can try reinstalling either the original VPN package or an alternative VPN client.

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