Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device

Some users have reported that while trying to connect Network devices, like printers and speakers, to their Windows systems, they encounter an error Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device. This issue has been reported for non-network devices as well. The most probable causes are that either the device is not compatible with your system or the network drivers of your system have not been updated to recognize the new device.

Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device

If you face this issue, try the following troubleshooting steps to resolve it:

  1. Check if the device is compatible with your system
  2. Use the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter
  3. Allow your PC to be discoverable
  4. Update the drivers
  5. Check SNMP status.

1] Check if the device is compatible with your system

The details for device compatibility should be available on the device manufacturer’s website. It could be whether or not the device is compatible with your system.

2] Use the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter

Windows doesn’t have a network profile for this device

Click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings menu.

Select Updates & Security >> Troubleshoot.

Choose the Hardware and Devices troubleshooter from the list and run it.

Restart the system once done and try connecting the network device once again.

3] Allow your PC to be discoverable

Click on the Start button and then the gear-like symbol to open the Settings menu.

Select Network & Internet >> WiFi.

Network & Internet WiFi

Change the Network profile to Private.Change Network profile to private

Restart the system and check if it helps.

4] Update the drivers

Here’s the procedure to update drivers in Windows 10. Update the driver associated with your network device. In case the device is such that the drivers are detected only once the device is connected, you might consider downloading the associated drivers from the manufacturer’s website.

5] Check SNMP status

Press Win + R to open the Run window and type the command services.msc. Press Enter to open the Service Manager window.

In the list which is arranged alphabetically, search for SNMP Service. The Service Status should be Running.

SNMP Status

If the service is not running, right-click on it and select Properties. In the Properties window, change the Service Status to Automatic and click on Apply > OK.

Change Startup Type to Automatic

Next, click on the Start button and then check if doing so resolves your issue.

If your Printer throws up this error, then you need to open Control Panel > Devices & Printers. Right-click on the Printer which is giving this error and select Printer Properties. Under Ports tab, click Configure Port button and select SNMP Status Enabled. Click OK and see if this makes the error go away. If not, reverse these changes.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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