How To Enable the Microsoft WanARP Driver on Windows 10

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This article will guide you through enabling the Microsoft WanARP driver on your Windows 10 device.

Summary

This step by step article describes how to enable and verify that the Microsoft Windows WanARP System Driver. The Microsoft WanARP driver is an important component that is required to securely communicate with the New Edge service. To ensure this service is enabled, the New Edge Access client will verify its status before every connection attempt. If the service is not running, you will be prompted to enable it in order to connect securely.

Prerequisites

The procedures included in this article are applicable only for Windows 10 10.0.15063 and newer releases.

Verify System Driver Status

Before making any system changes, it’s import to verify that the WanARP System Driver is stopped. Begin by completing the following steps (example output is provided below).

  1. Launch an Administrator Windows Command Prompt by clicking on the Windows Start button, typing “cmd”, and then right-click on the “Command Prompt” option and selecting “Run as administrator”.
  2. Within the Command Prompt window, type sc query wanarp and Enter.
  3. Verify that the State value is STOPPED.


C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc query wanarp

SERVICE_NAME: wanarp
TYPE : 1 KERNEL_DRIVER
STATE : 1 STOPPED
WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 1077 (0x435)
SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
CHECKPOINT : 0x0
WAIT_HINT : 0x0

Enable Microsoft Windows WanARP

To enable the Microsoft Windows WanARP System Driver, please complete the following steps:

  1. Launch an Administrator Windows Command Prompt by clicking on the Windows Start button, typing “cmd”, and then right-click on the “Command Prompt” option and selecting “Run as administrator”.
  2. Within the Command Prompt window, type sc config wanarp start=auto and Enter.
  3. Verify that the resulting message is SUCCESS.


C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc config wanarp start=auto
[SC] ChangeServiceConfig SUCCESS

Start Microsoft Windows WanARP

After the WanARP System Driver has been configured to start automatically, you can also start it immediately so that a Windows restart is not required. This can be completed with the following steps:

  1. Launch an Administrator Windows Command Prompt by clicking on the Windows Start button, typing “cmd”, and then right-click on the “Command Prompt” option and selecting “Run as administrator”.
  2. Within the Command Prompt window, type sc start wanarp and Enter.
  3. Verify that the resulting state is RUNNING.


C:\WINDOWS\system32>sc start wanarp

SERVICE_NAME: wanarp
TYPE : 1 KERNEL_DRIVER
STATE : 4 RUNNING
(STOPPABLE, NOT_PAUSABLE, IGNORES_SHUTDOWN)
WIN32_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
SERVICE_EXIT_CODE : 0 (0x0)
CHECKPOINT : 0x0
WAIT_HINT : 0x0
PID : 0
FLAGS :


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