I'm using the Windows 8 Developer Preview and wireshark does not appear to function.

I get the error "The NPF driver isn't running. You may have trouble capturing or listing interfaces." when attempting to run it.

Google appears to be full of useless links for this error, so I was hoping I might have some more luck here.


asked 14 Nov '11, 13:19

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edited 28 Feb '12, 20:22

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I have the exakt same problem running Win8 preview 8400. I'm running both wireshark and wpcap at win7-compability. Both as administrator. I've tried all versions "backwards" down to winXPsp2. To no avail.

Please advise.

(19 Sep '12, 14:02) Fredrik

Installing the new version of WinPcap (4.1.3) seems to fix the problem as it is compatible with Windows 8.



answered 27 Mar '13, 10:08

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Hi, I have installed 4.1.3 of WinPcap, it worked. Now I restarted my Computer and the same error appears?!? Any ideas? BR a

(31 Mar '13, 02:15) Alexollon

@Alexollon Did you uncheck 'Start NPF service on startup'? If you did, the service will need to be started manually. Try running net start npf and then restart Wireshark.

(12 Apr '13, 06:04) jaraco

jaraco's solution worked for me, windows 8 user here, never reinstalled anything i just went to command prompt and net start npf like was suggested and it works. i must have been one of those people who also unchecked running npf as a service on startup. thanks jaraco

(19 Jun '13, 10:42) Rylan

Probably WinPCAP did not install correctly, which is why Wireshark isn't able to capture on your cards. Try deinstalling Wireshark and reinstalling while using the compatibility feature to make the installer think that it is running on Windows 7/Vista: right click and then choose "properties" on the installer, go to the "Compatibility" tab and set it to "Windows 7". After that everything should work.


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That doesn't appear to have worked.

(15 Nov '11, 09:39) Dotmister

U sure ? Remember to set the compatibility for the winpcap installer, not for wireshark - works like a charm for me

(16 Nov '11, 03:01) Landi

i tried installing WinPcap by itself, changed compatibility mode run, and i am an administrator, still didn't work. my windows build is 9200

(03 Jan '13, 11:04) hermione

I tested with 4.1.3 and it works!


(02 Apr '13, 14:37) Brinkman88
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