Network & Internet connection problems in Windows 10/8/7

If you find that your internet connection, in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista, has suddenly stopped working or that you are facing certain Network and Internet connectivity problems, here are a few troubleshooting steps you may want to try.

Network & Internet connection problems

1] IPConfig is a tool built into Windows, that displays all current TCP/IP network configuration values and refreshes Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol DHCP and Domain Name System DNS settings. You can access this tool via the command line. If you have a bad IP address, then renewing your IP address this way may help solve your internet problems.

Type cmd in start search and press Ctrl-Shift-Enter. If you wish, just out of curiosity, you may type ipconfig and hit Enter, to view the status of the computer’s Internet Protocol or IP address.

Type ipconfig /release to let go of the current IP address.

Next, type ipconfig /renew to obtain a new IP address.

If you get an error message when you Run the “Ipconfig /Renew” command see KB810606.

If you recurrently face this problem, then you can have it renewed on every start-up, by creating the following .bat file and placing it in your startup folder.

Open Notepad and type:

ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

Save it as, say, iprenew.bat file.

Read: How to find out, renew, change IP address.

2] Frequently, internet connection problems can also be traced to a corrupted DNS cache. Resetting or Flushing this cache is an easy fix to many of these problems. This is how you can flush Windows DNS cache in Windows 10, Windows 8/7 or Windows Vista.

Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt. Right click on it and ‘Run As Administrator’. Type the following and hit enter:

ipconfig /flushdns

You should be able to see a confirmation dialog window:

Windows IP Configuration. Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

Next, type ipconfig /registerdns and hit Enter.

This registers any DNS records that you or some programs may have recorded in your Hosts file.

Just in case you are interested, to view the complete syntax for this command type ipconfig /help and hit Enter!

3] The Network & Internet Diagnostic & Repair Tool in Windows 10/8/7/Vista will help you identify the potential issues preventing network connectivity, and it automatically takes appropriate steps toward correcting them. If a computer on the network loses Internet connectivity, you can graphically see which connection is down and then use Network Diagnostics to help determine the cause of the problem and find possible solutions.

internet connection problems

To access it, open Control Panel > Network & Sharing Center. In the lower part, click on Troubleshoot Problems. From the window which opens, you can select Internet Connections or any other issue you want to troubleshoot and repair.

Type the following commands in Run box and hit Enter to open the required Troubleshooters directly:

To open Internet Connections Troubleshooter:

msdt.exe -id NetworkDiagnosticsWeb

To open the Incoming Connections Troubleshooter

msdt.exe -id NetworkDiagnosticsInbound

To open the Network Adapter Troubleshooter:

msdt.exe -id NetworkDiagnosticsNetworkAdapter

Go here if the Troubleshooter throws up Windows couldn’t automatically bind the IP protocol stack to the network adapter mesage.

4] Enable or Disable IPv6 to solve Internet connectivity problems in Windows 8/10.

5]  Reset Winsock

6] Reset TCP/IP,

7] Reset Hosts file,

8] Reset Windows firewall settings to default,

9] Reset Internet Explorer

10] Try NetChecker, NetAdapter Repair or Complete Internet Repair Tool.

11] See this post if you cannot connect to Internet after upgrading to Windows 10.

12] Go here if you see a Limited Network Connectivity message.

13] The Network Reset feature in Windows 10 will help you reinstall Network adapters and reset Networking Components to original settings.

14] See this post if you receive a WiFi doesn’t have a valid IP configuration error message.

15] Go here if you receive Another computer on this network has the same IP address message.

16] This post may help you if you receive An error occurred while Internet Connection Sharing was being enabled message.

17] Check this post if you receive The remote connection was not made error.

18] This post will show you how to fix Unidentified Network in Windows.

19] See this post if you face Windows 10 Connectivity issues with Hotspots and Wi-Fi adapters.

20] This post will help you resolve Windows can’t get the Network Settings from the router error.

Hope something helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Bernie

    hi, I am trying for some time now to get my PC to the Internet. Having tried basically all of the above I still receive the message “Local area Network doesn’t have a valid IP configuration. DHCP on my router is on and automatic and runs fine with all my other PCs. Doing diagnosis on the PC I can see that both LAN and WLAN are basically connected ok. It’s just the IP Address which is not aquired from the router.
    Interestingly it worked on that PC some three weeks ago and just now started to make Problems.
    Any ideas to get this solved? Thanks a lot.

  2. Thomas Visel

    I had a similar problem about a month after the Win 10 upgrade happened. All net adaptors (Realtek EGBs), plug-in and USB-based stopped working. Based on web feedback, I reinstalled latest drivers, but to no avail. I turned off Eset NOD-32, both from feedback and knowing it intercepted traffic too, but again to no avail. I tried various new adaptors, too, but no soap. Finally I went back and REMOVED ESET. During the removal process, everthing magically started working, even after robooting. I then downloaded ESET-32 and installed it, robooting. Everything stayed up after that. Am totally delighted!

  3. Shar1960

    Every time I start my computer my wi-fi is disconnected. My router is not that old (Lynksys ) and I run the Spectrum set up through the cable box, then directly to my router.. All my devices..TV, printer, phone run off the wi-fi signal. I have an IP address for the router…it never changes. This problem just started about 3 weeks ago…I don’t remember changing any of the adapters. Troubleshooting fixes the adapter, but always tells me my network cable is disconnected…I check everything and can’t find a problem. I only use a wireless signal. I am a computer newbie, and every time I go into the services and try to fix a problem I mess up the programs. Can someone give me some insight into this situation?

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