Fix: The Operation Failed as no Adapter is in the State Permissible for this Operation

When manually setting a static IP address, the error “This action failed as no adapter is in the state acceptable for this operation” frequently appears.

Many users have complained that the network connection icon in the lower left corner of their screens has turned into a red cross and that they cannot access any networks.

After that, users get that message when they try to free up the IP configuration and renew the address through the command prompt or Windows Powershell.

The Operation Failed as no Adapter is in the State Permissible for this Operation

Why And When Does This Error Occur

Winsock is an interface between Windows and the TCP/IP protocol and the outside world; it processes all input/output requests from Windows applications (the internet).

New VPNs (ethernet adapters) introduce a risk of Windows storing inaccurate information in the winsock file.

When this occurs (and it does so frequently), you may lose network connectivity and/or the ability to modify your ethernet adapter’s IP address.

Methods to Fix The Operation Failed as no Adapter is in the State Permissible for this Operation

Users may access the internet just fine on their mobile devices via Wi-Fi, but they can’t get online using their computer.

Examine the options provided below to learn how to avoid and eliminate the problem.

Solution 1: Removing Old Ethernet Adapters (Optional But Recommended)

Please note that Step 1 is intended for more experienced computer users and may result in the need to reinstall your VPN or other software.

Step 1. Get in the Device Manager: To open the Device Manager, press the Windows key plus R, then type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.

Step 2. Expand Network Interfaces

Step 3. Choose the adapters you want to disable by right-clicking on them; in this case, TAP and VPN adapters.

Keep in mind that this may necessitate a future re-installation of your VPN software and/or services.

Solutiom 2: Reset Winsock

WARNING: Rebooting is required after resetting the winsock.

When attempting to address potential TCP/IP conflicts and IP conflicts, simply unplugging the old ethernet adapters is not always sufficient.

Instead, it is often necessary to entirely reset the winsock catalogue, which contains part of the connection data.

Step 1. Launch the Network and Sharing Center and try to disable and then enable the faulty Ethernet adapter (right-click on the ethernet icon in the system tray on the bottom right of your screen)

Step 2. Select Adapter > Settings > Modify (blue link on the left sidebar)

Step 3. Step All of your Ethernet cards should appear immediately. Select Ethernet, or Ethernet 2, 3, 4, and then click the right mouse button and select “Disable.”

Step 4. To re-enable it, simply repeat the preceding steps. The adapter will be reset, which may be all that’s needed to resolve a number of issues.

Step 5. Step In case that wasn’t successful, we’ll utilise our winsock repair, a little batch file that will execute the necessary commands on your behalf. If you’d rather some written guidance, click that link.


An IP address conflict, incorrect Windows network settings, or a faulty network adapter or router are the most common causes of the “cannot renew IP address” error on a Windows computer. There are a few things you can do if Windows gives you the “cannot renew IP address” error message.