How to Fix The semaphore timeout period has expired

The error “The semaphore timeout period has expired (0x80070079)” tends to occur while transferring files between a computer and a drive such as an SD card. The error disrupts the connection so the file fails to transfer.

The semaphore timeout period has expired [Solved]

However, you do not need to worry. We have some quick and easy solutions for you. Simply follow the methods given below to fix the issue.

Method 1: Updating your Network adapter drivers automatically

This error can occur due to issues with network connection. An out dated driver can be the cause of this problem. To fix it, simply update your network adapter driver. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Press both your Windows and X keys together. Select and open Device Manager from the context menu.

  2. Next, search for Network adapters and then double click on it to expand the category. Then, perform a right click on the network driver you are currently using (for example, Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller) and then select Update driver from the pop-up menu.

  3. Proceed by clicking on the option of Search automatically for updated driver software.

  4. Windows will now begin to search for the correct and latest driver for your computer. After that you should follow the provided instructions to install the update.

If you see a message that reads “The best drivers for your device are already installed” then that means that Microsoft was unable to search an update for you. You may then proceed by visiting your network adapter driver manufacturer’s website to install the correct and latest version for your computer.

Method 2: Turning off Windows Firewall and anti-virus software

Open Start Menu and type Windows Firewall in the search field. Click on it and open Windows Firewall. (You can also open firewall from Control Panel).

  1. When the Firewall window opens, look on your left pane and click on the option that says Turn Windows Firewall on or off.

  2. Then under Domain, Private and Public network settings, check all the options of Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended). Proceed by clicking on the OK button to save the relative changes.

  3. Go to your anti-virus software, and disable/deactivate the program. You can also uninstall it.

Now check and see if the problem has been resolved.

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