Network shell (Netsh) is a tool an administrator can use to configure and monitor network devices on Windows based computers at a command prompt. A common use of Netsh, is to reset the TCP/IP stack back to default settings.
But not only will Netsh reset the TCP/IP stack, but it can also completely reset your network adapter(s). It will also display the network diagnostics page in Windows XP too.
Using Netsh in Windows XP
To use Netsh, you will need to open a Command Prompt. There are two ways to do this:
- Click the Start button, then Programs, then Accessories, then click on Command Prompt
- Press + R. This will bring up the Run dialog box. Type CMD and click OK
Netsh commands in Windows XP
The following is a list of the Netsh commands you can use to reset your Windows XP network adapter:
Resets network interface information
netsh int reset all
Resets TCP/IP and related components to a clean state.
netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt
Resets IPv6 configuration state.
netsh int ipv6 reset
Displays the web page user interface.
netsh diag gui
Resets Winsock Catalog to a clean state. All Winsock Layered Service Providers which were previously installed must be reinstalled. This command does not affect Winsock Name Space Provider entries.
netsh winsock reset