Error 0x80071779 when removing network components in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10, version 2004, all editionsWindows 10, version 1909, all editionsWindows 10, version 1903, all editions

Symptom


Starting with Windows 10, version 1803 and newer based device or computer, you can't uninstall the Client for Microsoft Networks or other network components. You receive the following error message:

Error message

Cause


This behavior is by design.

Resolution


Microsoft does not support using this GUI or netcfg to uninstall protocols or built-in drivers. Instead, you can unbind the driver from Network Adapters either by using this GUI or the PowerShell cmdlet "Disable-NetAdapterBinding." This is effectively the same as uninstalling the driver.

More information


If there are specific drivers that you want to remove but that are currently not part of an optional feature, file a feature request in the Feedback Hub.