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5 solutions to fix the semaphore timeout period has expired

If you’re getting the semaphore timeout period has expired error, this troubleshooting guide may help you.

In most situations, you will experience the error code 0x80070079 associated with the semaphore timeout period has expired alert when trying to transfer huge files.

This transfer might be initiated within your local network, or between your computer and an external driver.

Anyhow, the steps explained during the following guidelines will show you how to fix this Windows problem.

How do I fix error 0x80070079?

1. Initiate a clean boot

  1. Press the Win+R hotkeys and bring up the Run box.
  2. There, enter msconfig and press Enter.msconfig windows 10
  3. The System Configuration window will be afterward displayed on your computer.
  4. From that window switch to Services tab.msconfig services windows 10
  5. Check the hide all Microsoft services checkbox.
  6. Now, click on Disable all.
  7. Save your settings and apply the changes.
  8. Restart your Windows device.

For making sure that there is not a file or program conflict that causes the 0x80070079 message error, you should perform a clean boot.

During the clean boot, you will manage to disable non-windows services and start-up programs that may not be needed. Don’t worry, your data will remain safe and secured all the time.

4. Update network adapters drivers

2.1. Manual update

  1. Press Win+R hotkeys and in the Run box enter devmgmt.msc.device manager drivers
  2. From the left panel of the window that will be displayed extend the Network Adapters entry.
  3. From the list that will be displayed right-click on the wireless adapter and choose Properties.
  4. Switch to Driver tab and afterward click on Update Driver.update network drivers windows 10
  5. When prompted, choose Search automatically for updated driver software.
  6. Wait for the process to complete the update.
  7. Restart your Windows system in the end.

When you encounter the semaphore timeout has expired error it can also mean that you need to update the network adapters drivers. You can do this by opening the Device Manager and follow the steps we mentioned above.

2.2. Use DriverFix

DriverFix is a professional software that can help you update your drivers by scanning your PC as soon as you install the program and then provide you with an accurate report of out-of-date elements.

Thanks to this intelligent tool you have a data-base of over 18 million files that you can download any time you want to update your device. You can also opt for updating a single app at a time and schedule driver scans.

3. Convert FAT32 to NTFS

  1. Right-click on the implied driver.
  2. From the list that will be opened choose Format.
  3. From the next window pick NTFS.
  4. Click on Quick Format.
  5. That’s it; you can resume the transfer process now.

As you might know, transferring huge files is possible only if the actual drivers are formatted into NTFS, especially if you’re using a USB flash drive. So, make sure you convert FAT32 to NTFS.

This post was written by Andrew Wafer and was first posted to WindowsReport

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