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

Netsh Winsock Reset Command

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 of the issue 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 network settings get corrupted or modified. 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 execute this command if you are having networking problems or Internet access issues with your Windows PC due to corrupted network 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.

Use Netsh Winsock Reset Command to Reset Network Adapter Settings

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 catalogStep 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.

netsh winsock reset

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.

[Read: Find Saved WiFi Password in Windows]

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 (if using WiFi router, reconnect by using wifi password) and the internet is working for sure.

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