How to fix error ERROR_DEVICE_IN_USE?

If you try to disconnect from the network installed in Windows Networking, you may receive an error message ERROR_DEVICE_IN_USE. The reason is that the network device is currently being used by the active process and can not perform a shutdown due to the different priorities of the tasks.


To solve the problem, perform the following:

  • make sure that all network processes are completed;
  • check that the network device is responding to your requests, and if it is not, then it should be turned off;
  • make sure that you have sufficient rights to complete the network session.
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