Windows needs the TAP-Win32 adapter name [Fix]

Madalina Dinita
by Madalina Dinita
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Before we start fixing Windows needs the TAP-Win32 adapter name error, let us explain briefly what TAP device is. These devices are virtual network kernel devices supported entirely by software, an as such, not backed up by hardware network adapters.

They are designed with low-level kernel support for Ethernet tunneling. The essential feature of TAP devices is that they are the main requirement for your VPN to work properly.

Also, it may happen that the TAP-Win32 adapter cannot be used by the VPN software that you’re currently using. And hence, the message There are no Tap-Win32 adapters on this system will appear.

You should always remember that there is no need to install these devices separately, as your VPN installer includes it and installs it automatically along with the VPN software.

How can I fix Windows needs the TAP-Win32 adapter name error?

  1. Create a TAP adapter manually
  2. Manual Configuration
  3. Reinstall your VPN software

1. Create a TAP adapter manually

In the event that there are no TAP-Windows adapters on your system, we can try to create a new one. Create a TAP Windows adapter by going to Start> All Programs > TAP Windows > Utilities > Add a new TAP Windows virtual Ethernet adapter.

To download the TAP-Windows driver file, visit their official website.

2. Manual Configuration

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Let’s say you have your TAP device installed but it’s still not working. Simply, go to the Control Panel >Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Network Status and Tasks.

You should see a TAP Windows Adapter with a name such as Local Area Connection 2. Right click on it and rename this to something shorter for easier access, and keep in mind to name it without embedded spaces such as PC-TAP. Next you’re gonna right click it again and select Properties and select Internet Protocol. Now you’re all set.


To help you in your searches, you’ll find your TAP files in C:Program FilesTAP-Windows folder.

3. Reinstall your VPN software

If none of the above fixes worked out for you, and you face other issues in running your VPN software, a simpler solution could do the trick.

We suggest you open the Control Panel and from there you can decide the next course of action. By either selecting to Repair or Uninstall and reinstall your VPN software and see if that changes anything.

If you wish to uninstall, disable or update TAP-Windows, navigate to Device Manager, and click expand the Network adapters section. In there you will see your TAP-Windows Adapter.

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During Repair/Installation process, the TAP drivers will be installed. After the process is done, make sure to restart your machine to apply changes. If you’re still having this problem, you should consider switching to a reliable VPN client such as CyberGhost VPN and check if that solves your problem.

We hope these fixes were able to solve Windows needs the TAP-Win32 adapter name error on your PC.


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