Fix “Windows can’t communicate with the device or resource” Error

Fix “Windows can’t communicate

It’s possible that Windows cannot communicate with the device or resource because of your chosen adapter settings. If so, just do some quick modifications.

Launch Control Panel.

Go to Network and Internet.

Under Network and Sharing Center, select View network status and tasks.

Open Change Adapter Settings.

Choose your current network connection. Right-click on it and select Properties.

Tick the box that says Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and open Properties.

Under the Generaltab, choose the following options:

  • Obtain an IP address automatically
  • Obtain DNS server address automatically

Then hit OK.

2. Update your driver

Another cause of network connection problems are out-of-date network drivers. The solution? Update them via a manual update.

Go to the official website for your network. Search for drivers.

Make sure to find the latest and download then install.

3. Edit the hosts File

Another cause of getting a “Windows can’t communicate with the device” error message is your hosts file. So it’s recommended to take it out of the picture.

First, access your system’s folder. Open Windows (C:) > Windows System32 drivers > etc and find the hosts file.

Open the file using Notepad.

Select everything in the file and delete it.

And hit Save. Remember to choose All Files for file type when saving.

4. Move to Public DNS

Another possible cause is a problem with your DNS. If so, the solution is to switch to Google’s Public DNS.

Open Control Panel. Go to Network and Internet.

Select Network and Sharing Center.

Choose Change adapter settings.

Select your network. Right-click on it and choose Properties.

Under the Networking tab, choose Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and open Properties.

Under the General tab, choose Use the following DNS server addresses:

Set the Preferred DNS server: to and hit OK.

5. Clear Your DNS Cache

If switching to Public DNS doesn’t do the trick, then it’s time to clear things up.

A corrupted DNS cache can also be the reason why you can’t communicate with


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