How to Reinstall a Client for Microsoft Networks

By Steve McDonnell

Removing the client for Microsoft networks stops all network connectivity.
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If you accidentally uninstall the client for Microsoft networks on an employee's computer, or the computer wasn't properly configured and is missing the client, you won't be able to connect to the company's network until you reinstall it. Since the client is so critical to Windows, it's easy to reinstall by editing the network adapter that doesn't have it.

Right-click or tap and hold on the desktop, and then choose "Change Desktop Icons." Check the box next to "Control Panel."

Double-click or tap "Control Panel" to open it. Choose "Network and Sharing Center," click "Change adapter settings," click or tap to highlight your network adapter, and then right-click or tap and hold and select "Properties..."

Choose "Install..." Select "Client," and then tap or click the "Add..." button.

Choose "Microsoft," and then click "Client for Microsoft Networks." Select "OK" twice, and then reboot your computer when prompted.