How to Reset Network Settings in Windows 10

Network issues in Windows 10 could be frustrating in many ways. Especially in the current scenario when many of us are working from home. Though, the fix for that is quite easy and can be performed without taking help from an IT expert. A break in the network connection can cause a network issue. It can also happen when your system’s network drivers get malfunctioned.

The great thing about Windows 10 is, it provides simple DIY troubleshooting methods to fix the regular problems like network issues. In this guide, we will get through the two methods on how to reset the network settings in Windows 10.

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Using Windows 10 Network Settings

Windows 10 includes a feature that lets you reset the network settings back to default like it was when Windows was freshly installed. This can be done in just a few clicks. But you have to keep in mind that when you reset the Network settings, all your WiFi passwords and settings will be gone. Along with those other network settings, such a VPN and virtual switches that you have created will also be erased.

Resetting will disable and reinstall all your network components back to their original version.

Go through the following steps and reset your network.

  1. Open Network and Internet Settings

    From the Windows Start menu, open the Settings. Look for Network & Internet and click on it.Windows Settings

  2. Check Network Status

    On the left side, you will see a tab named Status. Click on it and then scroll down and click Network reset option.Status option

  3. Network Reset

    The Network reset Window will appear that will warn you about the consequences of resetting network. It will also tell you to restart the system after the process is complete. Click on Reset now.Network Reset

  4. Confirm Reset

    A confirmation Window will appear on the screen. Click on Yes.Confirm Network Reset

That’s it, your network settings have been reset to default, or you can say refreshed. Now you must restart your system so that settings can be implemented successfully.

Using Command Prompt

If somehow you are unable to reset network settings via Windows Network Settings, then there is another simple process to do the same using Command Prompt.

1. From the Start Menu, run the Command Prompt as admin i.e., right-click on Command Prompt option and from the context menu select Run as admin

2. Type or copy following command as it is on the Command Window: 

netsh winsock reset 

And press the Enter key.

3. After a few moments, you will get a message on your screen, “Winsock reset completed successfully.”

That is it, your network has been successfully reset through the command prompt. 


So these two simple methods were all you required to reset your settings to default to overcome your network problems. If you are facing any difficulty in implementing these options or if they are not working for you, do let us know in the comments.

Does Network Reset Delete anything?

No, network has nothing to do with media and files. They will be intact.

What will I lose if I reset Network Settings?

It deletes all WiFi SSIDs, Disconnects all tethered interfaces, Forgets paired devices and sets Network settings to Automatic.

What will Network resetting do?

Resetting network settings brings back all the network related settings to their original state. By original state, we mean how they would appear and work in a new device.

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