How to Perform a Network Reset in Windows 10

Reinstall your network adapters to fix connectivity problems

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Network connectivity issues can be frustrating, as they often mean you can’t access the internet. While it can sometimes be tricky to determine their cause, performing a network reset may correct the problem and get you back online. There are some simpler fixes you can try before taking the network reset route. If none of these do the trick, follow the instructions below.

The network reset option is only available in Version 1607 or later of Windows 10. You can determine your Windows 10 version in a number of ways.

What to Do Before Performing a Network Reset

A network reset removes drivers and settings for all network adapters installed on your PC, reinstalling them to their default state. Configured custom settings for your adapters will also be wiped out. You may also need to reinstall and reconfigure VPN software and/or network virtualization software if you find that it's no longer functioning as expected.

As such, you may want to save pertinent information or settings prior to committing to the network adapter reset process. 

Network Adapter Settings

Most Windows 10 users tend to leave their network adapter settings as-is, trusting that the out-of-the-box configuration is good enough to deliver satisfactory results. If you don’t fall into this category and have tweaked your adapter settings for any reason whatsoever, it’s a good idea to take note of these modifications so you can easily restore them once the reset process is complete. To access these settings, take the following steps.

  1. Open the Start Menu and select Settings > Network & Internet > Status > Change adapter options.

  2. A Control Panel window should open, displaying each of your network connection types and the adapter(s) associated with them. Right-click the adapter you wish to view its details.

    screenshot of Windows 10 Network Connections
  3. When the context menu appears, select Properties.

    screenshot of Windows 10 Network Connections
  4. The respective connection's properties interface should now be visible. Select Configure.

    screenshot of connection properties in Windows 10
  5. The properties for the actual network adapter will now be displayed, with each tab containing its own relevant information. Take note of any pertinent values or settings within these properties, specifically those you may have modified at one point, as they'll likely be changed back to their default state as part of the adapter reset process.

    screenshot of network adapter properties in Windows 10

VPN Settings

If you utilize Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to connect to a workplace or any other secure environment, making sure you have all of the necessary credentials and setup information stored somewhere before resetting your network adapters is critical.

While not all relevant information is removed during the reset process, especially when using third-party software, you should back up usernames, passwords, server addresses, and any application-specific details beforehand just in case they do get deleted. 

For more on this information and where it can be found, visit our Windows 10 VPN tutorial.

How to Perform a Network Reset in Windows 10

  1. Open the Start Menu and select Settings > Network & Internet > Status.

  2. Scroll down, if necessary, and select Network reset.

    A screenshot of the Network & Internet Status settings in Windows 10
  3. The Network reset screen should now appear. Select Reset now.

    a screenshot of the Network reset interface in Windows 10
  4. A confirmation message will be displayed. Select Yes to restart your PC and complete the process.