How to Perform a Network Reset in Windows 10

Reinstall your network adapters to fix connectivity problems

Network connectivity issues can be frustrating, as they often mean you can't access the internet. While it can be tricky sometimes to determine their cause, performing a network reset may correct the problem and get you back online.

There are some simpler fixes to try before taking the network reset route, but if none of these do the trick, here's a look at how to perform a network reset in Windows 10.

The network reset option is available only in Windows 10 version 1607 or later.

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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 also will be wiped out. You may also need to reinstall and reconfigure VPN software or network virtualization software if you find that it's no longer functioning as expected.

As such, it's wise to save pertinent information or settings before resetting the network.

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 note 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. Right-click the adapter for which you want to view details in the Control Panel window that opens.

    Windows 10 Network Connections
  3. Select Properties in the context menu that opens.

    Windows 10 Network Connections with Properties selected
  4. Select Configure in the connection's Properties interface that opens.

    The Properties interface with Configure selection
  5. The properties for the actual network adapter is now 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 to their default state as part of the adapter reset process.

    Network adapter properties in Windows 10

VPN Settings

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

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 this Windows 10 VPN tutorial.

How to Perform a Network Reset in Windows 10

Now that you're prepared and have made the necessary backups, it's time to perform the network reset.

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

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

    Network & Internet Status settings in Windows 10
  3. Select Reset now in the Network reset screen that opens.

    Network Reset screen with Reset Now selected
  4. Select Yes in the confirmation message to restart your PC and complete the process.