Desperate times call for desperate measures and such is that moment when your internet connection doesn’t want to work and every troubleshooting idea you had seems to fail. When such a situation occurs, a last resort action you can t ake is to reset your network adapter(s). Although you will have to set everything again afterwards, making the network adapter go back to its default settings can help you solve network connectivity problems . The latest version of Windows 10 offers an easy way to reset your network adapters and, in this guide, we will show you how this is done:
NOTE: The features shared in this article apply only to Windows 10 with Anniversary Update or to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 or newer. Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be available for free, to all Windows 10 users, as of July 2016.
Because resetting your network adapters means that their configuration will go back to their defaults, before you begin, go through all your network settings and write them down so you'll know how to set them afterwards.
How to reset all networks adapters in Windows 10
The first step you have to take in order to be able to reset all the networks adapters found on your Windows 10 computer or device, is to open the Settings app. The fastest way to do that is to simultaneously press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard.
Enter the Network & Internet settings category.
If it’s not already selected, click or tap the Status section in the column on the left.
On the right side of the window, scroll until you reach the bottom of the list of settings. There, you should see a link called Network reset. Click or tap on it.
The Settings app will open a view called Network reset , where you’re told that “This will remove then reinstall all your network adapters, and set other networking components back to their original settings. You might need to reinstall other networking software afterwards, such as VPN client software or virtual switches.”
If you’re okay with all that and you want to go ahead with resetting your network adapters, click or tap the Reset now button.
Windows 10 will ask you to confirm that you want to reset your network adapters. If you do, click or tap on Yes.
If you went ahead and chose to reset your network adapters, Windows 10 informs you that your computer or device will shut down in 5 minutes. Close the notification and save anything you are working on, before this timer expires.
Note that, if you don’t want to wait those 5 minutes, you can also reboot your Windows 10 computer or device manually. The end result will be the same.
After your computer or device reboots, all your network adapters are reset and need to be reconfigured again. This is also includes setting whether you want your Windows 10 device to be discoverable by other devices on your network.
Resetting your network adapters in Windows 10 is not complicated and it only requires you a couple of clicks (6 to 10, depending on how you go about) . However, even if it is easy to reset your network adapters, it might not be just as easy to configure them again so that everything works as it should. Before going ahead with this, make sure that there are no other troubleshooting options for solving your network connectivity problems. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment in the section below.