Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10  

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10

    How to Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    04 Jan 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10


    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 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






    OPTION ONE

    To Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Settings


    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 on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3 Click/tap on the Reset now button. (see screenshot below)

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10-network_reset_in_settings-2.png

    4 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10-network_reset_in_settings-2b.png

    5 You will now be notified that the PC will automatically restart in 5 minutes. (see screenshot below)

    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.

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10-network_reset_in_settings-3.png

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

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10-network_reset_in_settings-4.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Cleanup and Reset Network Adapters in Command Prompt


    1 Open an elevated command prompt.

    2 Type the netcfg -d command into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    If you run the command and receive an error referring to NetSetupDeleteObject, run the netcfg d command until its successful.


    3 When finished, restart the computer to apply.

    Reset Network Adapters in Windows 10-netcfg-d_command.png

    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. Posts : 121
    Windows 10 x64
       #1

    thanks for this tutorial
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,365
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #2

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  3. Posts : 285
    win 7 8 10
       #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. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 59,365
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #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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  5. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 6,916
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #5

    I've been experimenting with a Windows XP VM using Hyper V which works OK.

    The only problem now is that after I have been using the VM and reboot the host PC, the host PC does not appear in its own Network window or on other PCs but it does appear if you enter the full path into Explorer e.g. \\My_Computer. All works fine after I do a Network Reset. It seems the act of using the VM screws up the network configuration for some reason.

    I've tried all the usual configuration checks but only Network Reset seems to work.

    See: Duplicate vEthernet Switch Adapters?
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Jun 2019 at 11:35. Reason: added link to your thread on this
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  6. sewing1243's Avatar
    Posts : 69
    Windows 10/64
       #6

    My experience is this is at best a temporary fix. PCs will appear in the network until the next reboot or shutdown and then the problem is back.
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