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Fix for Windows 10 exhausted pool of TCPIP ports

May 03 2016

Lately one of my Windows 10 machines started to behave quite strange, after about a day of use, browsing Internet was no longer possible. I could still ping resources, but not use any browser or other application requiring Internet access. A reboot fixed the problem, and then after about a day, sometimes less, the same thing happened.

After some research / troubleshooting I found the following in the event log

Event 4231: A request to allocate an ephemeral port number from the global TCP port space has failed due to all such ports being in use.

The event log error.

The fix

After some additional research I came across some posts on similar issues for Windows Server 2012 R2, but not Windows 10. But I decided to try the same configuration that fixes the problem on Windows Server 2012 R2, and voila. it worked.

Note: Feature updates (version upgrades) to Windows 10 is sometimes removing these values, so after upgrade, check that they are still there.

Simply create the following registry info:


REG_DWORD: 0000001e (hex)

REG_DWORD: 0000fffe (hex)

REG_DWORD: 00fffffe (hex)

REG_DWORD: 00000005 (hex)

The info added to my Windows 10 machine.

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