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How to reset your network adapter in Windows 10

Has your Internet connection gotten slower over time? Maybe you had a virus and now your Internet connection isn't running properly? It may be time to clean up your network connection. Here's how to reset your network adapter in Windows 10.

How to reset your network adapter in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a command line utility called Netsh (Network Shell) that allows you to display and modify the network configuration of your computer. The most common use of Netsh is to reset the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol) stack back to default. Since Netsh is a command-line tool, you will need to use a Command Prompt with Administrative privileges.

How to open a Command Prompt with Administrator privileges in Windows 10 (link will open in separate window)

Netsh commands for resetting your network adapter in Windows 10

Netsh commands run in a Command Prompt with Administrative privileges
Netsh commands run in a Command Prompt with Administrative privileges

Note: This section is intended for advanced computer users. If you are not comfortable with advanced troubleshooting, ask someone for help. Follow these steps to reset the Windows Firewall, TCP/IP stack and Winsock manually. You will have to restart your system to complete the reset.

The following is a list of the Netsh commands with descriptions that you can use to reset your network adapter in Windows 10:

netsh advfirewall reset

Restores the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security policy to the default policy. The current active policy can be optionally exported to a specified file. In a Group Policy object, this command returns all settings to not configured and deletes all connection security and firewall rules.

netsh int ip reset

Removes all user configured IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4) settings. Restarting computer is required before the default settings will take effect.

netsh int ipv6 reset

Removes all user configured IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) settings. Restarting computer is required before the default settings will take effect.

netsh winsock reset

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.

Comments (9) -

catherine walsh

Thanks for information to sharing ...


Thank you very much ! After upgrading from Win 7  to Win 10 there become don't work Skype, Chrome, Tapin Radio (but Edge worked). After executing commands and rebooting all programs becomes online again!


Mahesh Patel

I was trying hard sin my upgrade to 10 since last two days but this worked.
Great, this worked for me.
Thank You so much.


I trying this solution but not solved my problem.
In windows 10 after update not open secure connection "https" such as facebook, youtube , google and ... with all browsers. (chrome, IE, firefox)
please help


Scott St. Gelais

The problem you are having with accessing secure websites is probably associated with your security software or Internet service provider. I would first try disabling / removing your security software (anti-virus, anti-malware, etc.). If that doesn't fix the issue, I would contact your ISP and see if they are restricting your access to HTTPS websites.


Isn't it just awesome that this is still happening since the days of Windows 98?   ... Me, 2000, NT, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10......   I mean seriously, why haven't dopey Microsoft fixed this yet?


Your screenshot says, "resetting failed, access is denied."  Is that how it should be.  If not, how do you gain access? Thanks.


Scott St. Gelais

There are a couple of settings that are domain related and if you are not part of a domain, you cannot access them. The screen shot reflects this.


Thanks - another Surface Pro 3 woe fixed!


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