After discovering the ‘Name resolution for the name wpad timed out’ error in the Event Viewer, a number of users have been contacting us with inquiries.
After dealing with persistent Wi-Fi internet connection loss that is indicated by a yellow triangle on top of the Wi-Fi icon, the majority of affected users will investigate the Event Viewer.
What Results in the Error Message “Name Resolution for the Name Wpad Timed Out”?
By examining various user reports and the troubleshooting techniques that the majority of the affected users had success employing to solve the problem, we looked into this specific issue. Our research has revealed a number of typical situations that will result in this specific error message:
- A network adapter has TCP/IP Offload enabled. The technologies RSS, Autotuning, and Taskoffload are all known to cause this specific error. You may be able to fix the problem if you disable them.
- ISP does not support TCP/IP v6 – If TCP/IP v6 is enabled on the computer or server but TCP/IP v6 is not yet supported by the ISP, then this problem may arise. Disabling TCP/IP v6 is the only practical solution in this situation.
- damaged or improperly installed network adapter An incomplete or corrupted network adapter drive installation is another potential cause of this error. In this situation, uninstalling the driver will compel your OS to perform a fresh installation.
- Damaged TCP/IP connection – If a specific scenario applies, this error may happen as a result of incorrect or corrupted TCP/IP instructions. In this situation, the error message will be fixed by resetting the TCP/IP Connection.
- A glitched DNS cache that is producing false positives is another potential cause of this problem. Several affected users have reported that after flushing the DNS cache from an elevated Command window, this specific error was no longer occurring.
- The issue is being caused by an unstable DNS server, according to numerous reports from users who were able to confirm this. If this specific scenario applies, the fix is to use Google’s DNS in place of the default DNS server.
The troubleshooting steps in this article will help you work around this specific error if you’re having trouble fixing the error message in question. You’ll find a list of techniques used by other users in a comparable situation to solve the problem down below.
The methods are presented in the order of efficiency and severity, so if you want to maintain maximum efficiency, do so by doing so. You should eventually come across a solution that will solve the problem in your specific situation.
Method 1: Utilizing Network Adapter Troubleshooter
Before moving on to other, more complex repair techniques, let’s check to see if your Windows version has the capability to handle this problem automatically. The built-in Network Adapter troubleshooter has helped a number of users fix the “Name resolution for the name wpad timed out” error.
This built-in tool will check for common network adapter issues and automatically use the best repair methods for any it manages to find. An overview of how to use the network adapter troubleshooter is provided below:
- To bring up the Run dialogue box, press Windows key + R. Next, enter “ms-settings:troubleshoot” and press Enter to launch the Settings app’s Troubleshooting tab.
- In the Troubleshooting tab, click on Network Adapter and choose Run the troubleshooter. Then scroll down to Find and fix other problems.
- After the preliminary scan is finished, choose the problematic network adapter from the list and press Next.
- Hold off until the scan is finished. The troubleshooter will use a variety of repair techniques during this procedure, and after restarting the network adapter, they will check to see if the problem has been fixed.
- After the procedure is finished, you will receive a report outlining the issues that were found and fixed. Check to see if the problem has been fixed after closing the troubleshooter.
Method 2: Reinstalling the Network Adapter. (Windows 10 only)
The network adapter could also be easily removed using Device Manager, which is another method that might solve the problem with the least amount of hassle. By doing this, you’ll compel your OS to detect and install the network adapter all over again.
- To bring up the Run dialogue box, press Windows key + R. After that, enter “devmgmt.msc” to launch Device Manager.
- In Device Manager, expand the Network adapters drop-down menu and right-click on the network adapter that is the problem. After that, select Uninstall device.
- Restart your computer after removing the device from Device Manager. Windows 10 will automatically identify that a crucial driver is absent upon startup and install the network adapter’s required firmware.
- After the subsequent startup is complete, check your internet connection to see if the problem is still present.
Method 3: Resetting the TCP/IP Connection
This specific error can also happen if the TCP/IP instructions are corrupted or damaged. One of the most crucial components of your Internet connection is the set of integrated TCP/IP instructions. TCP/IP may be the issue if you run into a situation where you are unable to connect to the internet at all.
Fortunately, using the NetShell tool you can quickly reset the TCP/IP instructions. To quickly reset your TCP/IP connection, follow these steps:
- To bring up the Run dialogue box, press Windows key + R. The elevated Command prompt will then appear after you type “cmd” and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter. If the UAC (User Account Control) asks you to grant administrative rights, select Yes.
- To manually reset TCP/IP, enter the following command into the Elevated Command Prompt and press Enter:
netsh int reset ip
- Restart your computer after TCP/IP has been reset. Close the elevated Command Prompt.
Method 4: Clearing the DNS Cache
Flushing your computer’s DNS cache is another possible repair method that might very well help you fix the problem. This process, according to several impacted users, fixed any connection hiccups brought on by the error “Name resolution for the name wpad timed out.”
- To bring up the Run dialogue box, press Windows key + R. The elevated Command prompt will then appear after you type “cmd” and press Ctrl+ Shift+Enter. The UAC (User Account Control) will ask you to grant administrative rights; click Yes to proceed.
- In the elevated Command Prompt, enter each of the following commands as you type them:
/flushdns in ipconfig
/registerdns in ipconfig
- Restart your computer after flushing the DNS cache to check if the issue is still present after the subsequent startup.
Method 5: Modifying the Default DNS Server.
There may be issues with the default DNS server that are causing you to receive the message “Name resolution for the name wpad timed out.” We were able to locate some reports where the problem was resolved by switching the default DNS to Google’s.
- To bring up the Run dialogue box, press Windows key + R. Next, enter “control” or “control.exe” to launch the Control Panel.
- Select Network and Internet, then select Network and Sharing Center from the traditional Control Panel window.
- Select Change adapter settings from the Network and Sharing Center screen.
- Click the Properties option from the context menu of the network you are currently connected to.
- Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP / IPv4) in the Networking tab of the Properties screen.
- Turn on the Use the following DNS server addresses toggle in the Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties window. Then, set 184.108.40.206 as the backup DNS server and 220.127.116.11 as the preferred DNS server.
- Click OK to save the modifications, then restart your computer to make them effective.