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Getting the message ‘Windows can’t communicate with the device or

resource’ when trying to access the Internet is quite a common issue these
days – it can crop up out of the blue and bring you to your boiling point in
literally no time. The catch is, there is no specific fix for this error, since your
case might be rooted in a faulty driver, incorrect settings, PC junk, or even
malicious software. That is why we have compiled a list of proven tips on how
to fix Windows can’t communicate with the device or resource in Windows 10.
Just work your way down and give each of the methods a try – it will not be
too long before it is all systems go again:

1. Update your network driver


Internet connection problems often stem from out-of-date network drivers, so
here is what you can do in a situation like this:

Update your driver manually

1. Make sure you know the exact model of your network card.
2. Go to your vendor’s website.
3. Search for the latest driver software for your device.
4. Download the driver and install it on your computer.

Use the built-in Device Manager tool

1. Press the Windows logo + X shortcut on your keyboard.


2. Select Device Manager from the list.
3. Once in the Device Manager menu, locate your network device.
4. Right-click on it and choose to update its driver.
5. Let Device Manager search for the latest driver software for your device
online.

6. Install the driver on your computer.

Employ a special utility

The easiest way to troubleshoot your driver problems is to make use of


special software in order to automate the process. For example, you can
try Auslogics Driver Updater – this intuitive software will fix and update all your
drivers in no more than one click. Besides, it will come in very handy for
keeping a close eye on your drivers, since vigilance is the best strategy to
keep performance and stability issues at bay.
2. Change your adapter settings
If the issue persists, it is time to change the way you get your DNS and IP
addresses. So, these are the steps to take in this regard:

1. Open your Start menu by clicking on the Windows icon on your taskbar.
2. Locate the Control Panel tile and click on it.
3. Locate the ‘View by:’ menu and select the Large icons option.
4. Navigate to Network and Sharing Center and click on it.
5. In the left pane, locate the Change adapter settings link. Click on it.
6. The Network connections screen will open.
7. Locate your current network and right-click on it.
8. Select Properties from the drop-down menu.
9. Go to Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Click on the Properties
button.
10. Once in the General tab, select Obtain an IP address
automatically as well as Obtain DNS server address automatically.
11. Click OK for the changes to take effect.

After changing the settings, restart your PC and check if the issue has been
resolved.

3. Switch to Google Public DNS


Since your DNS might be having issues, it sounds like a good idea to move to
Google Public DNS:

1. Click on your Windows icon.


2. Once in the Start menu, locate Control Panel. Enter it.
3. Configure the view mode to Large icons.
4. Enter Network and Sharing Center.
5. Click on Change adapter settings.
6. Right-click on your network. Select Properties.
7. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4).
8. Click on Properties.
9. Select Use the following DNS server addresses.
10. Set Preferred DNS server to 8.8.8.8.
11. Click OK to save your changes.

Now restart your PC and check your Internet connection.

4. Edit the hosts file


No luck so far? This means you should modify the hosts file – this manoeuvre
is a reportedly effective fix for the ‘Windows can’t communicate with the
device or resource’ trouble:

1. Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc.
2. Locate the hosts file. Right-click on it and open it with Notepad.
3. Delete all the contents of the file.
4. Press the Ctrl + S shortcut.
Has the issue been solved? If not, there is no need to worry – just keep trying
our fixes one by one.

5. Clear DNS cache


In some cases, the ‘Windows can’t communicate with the device or resource’
problem can be put down to corrupted DNS cache.

As such, let’s flush your DNS cache:

1. Open your Search box (the Windows logo key +S).


2. Type Command Prompt.
3. Locate Command Prompt. Right-click on it and select Run as
administrator.
4. An elevated command prompt will open.
5. Type ipconfig /flushdns. Hit Enter.
6. Exit your command prompt after the DNS cache has been cleared.

Check if you can access the Internet now.

6. Reset Winsock and TCP/IP


If none the previous methods have helped you, try resetting Winsock and
TCP/IP:

1. Open the elevated version of your command prompt (follow the steps 1-
3 from the previous fix).
2. Type the commands below and make sure you press Enter after each:
nbtstat –r
netsh int ip reset
netsh winsock reset
3. Let the reset complete (do not abort the process). Then exit Command
Prompt.

We hope all your connection problems have gone.

7. Scan your PC for malware


If nothing seems to have come out of the manipulations above, your computer
may be infected with malware. This means you should run a thorough scan of
your system and remove malicious items if any. For this purpose, feel free to
use your main anti-virus solution or good old Windows Defender.

To scan your PC with Windows Defender, follow the instructions below:

1. Open your Start menu and proceed to the Settings gear icon.
2. Click Update & Security and select Open Windows Defender.
3. Now you are in Windows Defender Security Center.
4. Locate the shield icon and click on it.
5. Navigate to Run a new advanced scan and select the Full scan option.
We also recommend you to add an extra layer of protection to make sure no
malicious enemy whatever can harm your OS. For instance, you can
safeguard your Windows with Auslogics Anti-Malware to keep even the most
cunning threats out.
We hope our tips have helped you fix Windows can’t communicate with the
device or resource in Windows 10.

Do you have any ideas or questions regarding this issue?

We are looking forward to your comments!