Network Reset: Reinstall Network adapters, Reset Networking Components to default

Windows 10 Anniversary Update v1607 introduces a new feature that lets you reset your network and fix connectivity issues with the click of a button. You can use the Windows 10 Network Reset button to reinstall Network adapters & set networking components to default settings if you face connectivity problems.

Reset networking components & reinstall Network adapters

Windows 10 already offers the Network Troubleshooter that can help you, if you cannot connect to the Internet. But if this tool is unable to fix your connectivity problems, you need to reset all networking components & settings to its default value and reinstall your Network adapters – and you can do all this by simply using the Network Reset feature.

Network Reset feature in Windows 10

If you need to use this feature, open the Start Menu and click on the Settings icon. Next, click on Network & Internet. Next, click on the Status link on the left side. Here you will be able to see the status of your Network. You will also see a link her that lets you open the Network Troubleshooter.

Scroll down till you see the Network reset link.

network reset windows 10

Clicking on it will open the following window.

netwrok reset feature

The Network reset feature will first remove and then reinstall all your network adapters and set other networking components back to their original settings and default values.

After your run this tool, you may have to reinstall your networking software like VPN or Virtual switches, if you are using them.

Once you are sure and ready, click on the Reset now button, You may be asked to confirm. Click on Yes to proceed, and wait for the task to complete, after which your Windows 10 computer will be restarted.

Let us know if this feature helped you.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, 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.

5 Comments

  1. This feature would be best suited to any infection that may have routed itself to your network adaptors and the Network Troubleshooter usually never finds anything unless you use a custom DNS like GoogleDNS, OpenDNS or ComodoDNS.

    I use a simple batch file where I created a new text document and added the following, as is:

    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /flushdns
    ipconfig /registerdns

    Then save the file as Flush.bat or Reset.bat, or whatever you like.bat. All you need to do it double click it and run it (or right click and run as administrator for a little more power.) It works a lot quicker than having to reset and uninstall everything and saves you restarting or disabling all of the adaptors one by one and re-enabling them, which also does the same as the batch file.

    This technique works well, especially if your connection goes slow (due to congestion or bad DNS Cache which can happen too many times, even in a single day) or you have a Dynamic IP instead of a Static one and it won’t remove any of your custom settings.

  2. Unsated

    I find a simple bat file with
    netsh winsock reset catalog
    netsh int ip reset reset.log
    And a reboot Does the trick.
    Especially with steam.
    Still waiting for this “new” windows update though .

  3. Merz Macalua

    This blog really helps a lot! Thank goodness, i thought I cannot fix my network connection anymore, but thanks guys…. it really works.

  4. Hugh Wright

    Big up vote from me, just starting to think about reloading Windows 10, but this fixed it and was much quicker! Thanks.

  5. Rob Jansen

    begint er al mee dat “status” in die lijst (boven wifi) bij mij er NIET staat….. Als iemand een oplossing weet.. hblwm@home.nl Ik krijg de melding ‘niet met een netwerk verbonden’ Ik hoor het graag

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