Netsh Winsock Reset Command for Windows – Why and How to Use?

Surely, you must have heard about netsh winsock reset command of Windows but if you don’t know exactly that why this command is used for and how to use it? I will let you know the answer to this in a described manner. Therefore, the question is…

Are you getting issue of internet connectivity to your single device?
Do you have an internet issue with your Windows desktop or a laptop?
Unable to access most of the websites properly?
Don’t you have a valid IP address or DNS on your Windows PC?
Got an APIPA IP (Automatic Private IP Addressing) which is a Class B IP address that starts from 169.254. XXX.XXX

If you are getting any issues as listed above, then it can be resolved by using Winsock reset command.

Why and How to Use Winsock Reset?

Winsock errors usually occur due to settings get corrupted. This can happen because of the web browser hijacking Add-ons which usually installs while installing any free software program or spyware on your Windows PC. You can try this command if you are having networking problems or Internet access issues with your Windows PC due to corrupted settings.

Netsh winsock reset is a very useful and powerful command that user can use in Windows to reset winsock catalog back to its default settings. Winsock settings contain a computer’s configuration for Internet connectivity.

Netsh Winsock Reset Command for Windows

Follow the steps given below to reset your network adapter settings or catalogs by using netsh winsock reset command. Note: This command will work on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and Windows 10 for both LAN or Wi-Fi network adapters. I have used Windows 10 for steps listed below:

Step 1. Navigate and go to the Windows search box from the left bottom and type “cmd”. You will see the Windows search result as “Command Prompt”, right-click on it and select “Run as administrator”.

netsh winsock reset catalog

Step 2. A Windows command prompt will be open on your screen with administrator privileges. Type or copy following command into the command prompt and hit Enter from your keyboard. Caution: if you are connected to a WiFi router to get internet connection, probably, you will be disconnected and need a WiFi password (WEP key) in order to connect it back.

netsh winsock reset

netsh winsock reset commandAs a result, you will see a message “Successfully reset the Winsock Catalog. You must restart the computer in order to complete the reset”.

Finally, you just need to restart your Windows computer in order to complete the command. Once your Windows booted properly, you can see, it shows you are connected and the internet is working for sure. Hope this article fulfilled your expectations. Netsh Winsock Reset Command for Windows Click To Tweet

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