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Tap Windows Adapter V9: What is and How to Remove it on Windows 10, 8, 7

For some Windows users, when you open Device Manager and expand Network adapters, just to find a Tap-Windows Adapter V9. But you have no clue about this adapter on Windows 10. Why is there a Tap-Windows Adapter V9 on your PC? Or for some users, even if you know what this adapter is, this Tap-Windows Adapter runs into error when you connect to the VPN.

And it is also common that the internet connection isn’t working when Tap-Windows Adapter is enabled. Hence, many of you are wondering whether to uninstall and how to uninstall Tap-Windows Adapter V9 on Windows 10.

What is Tap-Windows Adapter V9?

Simply put, Tap-Windows Adapter V9 is a virtual network interface that enables VPN clients to facilitate the VPN connection. And it is said that once there is a VPN app is installed, the Tap-Windows Adapter driver will be automatically installed in the folder: C:/Program Files/Tap-Windows.

It is worth noting that there are usually two kinds of drivers, namely, Tap-Windows Adapter 9.9.x and 9.21.x depending on your Windows systems. For instance, some of you may see a Tap-Windows 9.21.2 or 9.9.2 on your PC.

Related: Problem with Wireless Adapter or Access Point on Windows 10, 8, 7

Should I Keep Tap-Windows Adapter V9 on Windows 10, 8, 7?

Normally, if you need to use a VPN on Windows 10, there is much need for you to install and keep a Tap Windows Adapter V9 on your PC.

But if you hit upon network connection error when you use Tap-Windows adapter or VPN doesn’t work after you enabled Tap-Windows adapter. Perhaps you may as well try to remove the Tap-Windows adapter V9 and it driver.

Or for some of you, if you hope to know whether TAP Windows adapter V9 is safe and if it an identified network on Windows 10.

For some users, there are no Tap-Windows adapters on this system for VPN apps like Nordvpn, SoftEther, etc. For this part, it is likely that you should download and install one for Windows 10, 8, 7.

How to Remove Tap-Windows Adapter V9 and its Driver from Windows 10?

In some cases, although you have uninstalled the Tap-Windows Adapter V9 from Windows 10, there are uninstalled parts on your PC, causing problems with Tap-Windows adapter V9. Therefore, you would better uninstall the adapter to fix Tap-Windows Adapter 9.21.2 error.

Uninstall Tap-Windows Adapter V9:

Since this adapter comes to your PC along with your VPN client like NordVPN, ExpressVPN, CyberGhost, Surfshark, etc. If you hope to uninstall Tap-Windows adapter V9 to fix Tap-Windows driver error or any other problems with Tap-Windows Adapter V9, just try to get rid of the VPN client in Control Panel.

1. Go to Control Panel.

2. View by Categories and then locate Programs > Uninstall a program.

3. In Programs and Features, scroll down to locate your VPN client like NordVPN and right click it to Uninstall it.

Uninstall Tap-Windows Adapter Driver:

 Sometimes, you will also need to remove the Tap-Windows Adapter driver to completely remove Tap-Windows adapter V9. Or if you noticed that the driver for Tap-Windows Adapter shows with a yellow exclamation, there is also need to get rid of it from Windows 10.

Note: Specifically, for Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, your Tap Windows driver is NDIS 6 driver; for Windows XP, the Tap-Windows driver is NDIS 5 driver.

1. Open Device Manager.

2. Expand Adapters and right click Tap-Windows Adapter driver to Uninstall device.

3. Click Uninstall to confirm the uninstallation.

4. Reboot your PC to take effect. Then you can see that Tap-Windows Adapter driver has been removed. Of course there is no Tap Windows adapter error on Windows 10.

In short, from this post, you can get the hang of Tap-Windows, what it is, whether you should uninstall it and how to remove it. For some users, if you find no Tap Windows is found on Windows 10 or Tap-Windows adapter V9 error happens to you, you can try to uninstall this adapter.

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Brian Peng
Brian Peng is a PC technician and network engineer with over 13 years of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for a long time, providing IT support and network service support for various companies. Currently, he has written over 1000 articles about computers, games, and mobile.

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