Windows Socket Error 10106


  • I'm not sure is this is the problem to my computer, however, I have been having problems with this socket error and I think it corrupted my internet. I'm still able to connect to the internet, but every application I go to says its unable to connect. Some of the applications say that there is a windows socket error 10106. I have searched other websites and downloaded the socket repair tool, but it didn't work. I also tried doing a system restore and it says there is a windows socket error 10106, which I find kind of weird because this error shouldn't interrupt a system restore. I have a windows 7 home premium desktop computer if you were wondering what type of operating system I had. Please help me fix this error. I only had this computer since Christmas. Also tell me if I need to add details about my computer. Thank you.
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:38 AM


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  • Hi,

    It's not recommended to install and use "repair tools" from untrusted resource.

    Windows Sockets Error 
    Service provider failed to initialize.
    The requested service provider could not be loaded or initialized. This error is returned if either a service provider's DLL could not be loaded ( LoadLibrary failed) or the provider's WSPStartup or NSPStartup function failed.

    First I suggest you run a virus scan to ensure the system security, the dll file might be infected by some malware or virus.

    Mswsock.dll (service provider dll)under c:\windows\system32 is a process known as Microsoft Windows Socks, please manually check the file, it might be corrupted or missing, run sfc /scannow, see if it can detect and fix some error.

    We can also use last known good configuration and check if it is helpful.

    Yolanda Zhu
    TechNet Community Support

    Friday, November 21, 2014 2:59 AM
  • Is sfc supposed to close automatically right after it opens because the moment I try to run sfc it closes. Also, I did try the Last Known Good Configuration, but it didn't help solve the problem. I need to start sfc but it's not working for me.
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 5:44 AM
  • Hi,

    Does anti-virus software detect anything?

    Regarding to the SFC, if normal sfc fix fails, then I recommend you use the sfc in offline mode in recovery console\command prompt, please refer to guide in the following links

    example:  SFC.EXE /scannow /offbootdir=c:\ /offwindir=c:\windows

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    Yolanda Zhu
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:23 AM