Windows Socket registry entries missing or corrupt


Software: Windows 7, 8 & 10 | Last modified on 2018-06-18


Always create back-ups of any registry keys or values that you might alter or delete in case something goes wrong.


The Windows built-in network troubleshooter states that the Windows Socket registry entries are missing or corrupt. This is caused by a corrupt registry setting that will have to be reinstalled manually.

[Step 1] Delete the Winsock registry settings


  1. Open Run and execute Regedit.
  2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services.
  3. Delete the Winsock and Winsock2 keys.
  4. Continue to step 2.

[Step 2] Reinstall the Winsock registry settings


  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Open Network and Internet.
  3. Open Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Open Local Area Connection.
  5. Open Properties.
  6. Open Install...
  7. Select Protocol and select Add... to continue.
  8. Select Have Disk...
  9. In the Copy Manufacturers' files from box, type: C:\windows\inf
  10. In the list of protocols, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and select OK to finish the installation.
  11. Reboot the computer.

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