Network Adapters - Cleanup and Reset in Windows 10

    Network Adapters - Cleanup and Reset in Windows 10

    How to Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10
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    How to Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The netcfg d command can help solve connection problems you might have after upgrading from a previous version of Windows to Windows 10, as well as fix problems where you can connect to the Internet, but not to shared network drives. It removes any network adapters you have installed and the settings for them. After you restart your PC, any network adapters are reinstalled and the settings for them are set to the defaults.

    This tutorial will show you how to reset and perform a cleanup on all networking devices to fix network connection issues in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able perform a cleanup on all networking devices.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Settings
    • Option Two: To Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Command Prompt






    Network Adapters - Cleanup and Reset in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Network Adapters - Cleanup and Reset in Windows 10
    To Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Settings

    Note   Note
    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14328.


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

    2. Click/tap on Status on the left side, and click/tap on the Network reset link under Related settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on Network reset. (see screenshot below)

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    5. You will now be notified that the PC will automatically restart in 5 minutes. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    Be sure to save any work before the time is up.

    You can also manually restart the computer now if you don't want to wait.


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    6. When the computer has finished restarting, click/tap on Yes (private) or No (public) to make this PC discoverable. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If you have a command prompt open with Starting network snapshot, then you can close it. (see screenshot below)

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    Network Adapters - Cleanup and Reset in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Network Adapters - Cleanup and Reset in Windows 10
    To Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Command Prompt

    Note   Note
    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 Version 1511 and later.

    How to Find Windows 10 Version Number


    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. Type the command below in the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshots below)
    Note   Note
    If you run the command and receive an error referring to NetSetupDeleteObject, run the netcfg d command until its successful.


    netcfg -d


    3. When prompted, press any key to restart the computer. If it fails to automatically restart the computer, then you will need to manually restart the computer.

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    4. When the computer restarts, you will need to setup any network connections again. You might also need to reinstall and set up other networking software you might be using, such as VPN client software or virtual switches from Hyper‑V (if you're using that or other network virtualization software).



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 85
    Windows 10 x64
       2016-09-08 #1

    thanks for this tutorial
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,493
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-08 #2

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Joined : Dec 2014
    Posts : 60
    win 7 8 10
       2016-09-29 #3

    does this have any effect when getting update fails and you get error 0X800705b4 saying AES 2500 Linksys driver wont work
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    Posts : 17,493
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 15014
       2016-09-29 #4

    Hello pigpenz,

    I don't think it'll have any affect on that issue, but it won't hurt anything to test and see since all you'll have to do is set up your network again afterwards.
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