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This guide will show you how to reset network settings to default in Windows 10, so that multiple network issues you're facing can be fixed simultaneously.

There might be different network issues in Windows 10, and unless you fix them, you won’t get online. Earlier, we’ve posted about most common issues, listed here. Today, in this article, we will share you how to reset network settings to default one in Windows 10 using the Settings app. Although, it can be also done by using elevated Command Prompt as mentioned here:

Steps to reset network settings using Command Prompt

For network issues, till now, we’ve to mostly rely on Network Adapter troubleshooter. However in some exceptional cases, troubleshooter is unable to fix the issues it found. Hence to get rid of unresolved issues, Microsoft added Network reset feature in Windows 10 Version 1607 (Anniversary Update) or later. Resetting network settings will allow Windows to reinstall the network adapter(s), fix problems with their root files, eventually taking the network settings to default configuration.

So if you’ve multiple issues such as intermittent/no/limited connectivity in Windows 10, here is how do you reset network settings using Settings app:

How To Reset Network Settings To Default In Windows 10

We recommend you to create a System Restore point before you proceed.

1. Click on Start Button and hit Settings app icon in Start Menu. If your Start Menu isn’t working, run ms-settings: command instead.

How To Reset Network Settings To Default In Windows 10

2. In Settings app window, click Network & Internet.

How To Reset Network Settings To Default In Windows 10

3. Then in next screen, on Status section, scroll down and click Network reset link.

How To Reset Network Settings To Default In Windows 10

4. Now click on Reset button on next screen. Please note that all the current network settings, along with network related third-party programs will removed by resetting the network settings.

How To Reset Network Settings To Default In Windows 10

If you’re okay with losing current network settings and programs, click Yes, otherwise No.

How To Reset Network Settings To Default In Windows 10

Once you hit Yes, Windows will start resetting network configuration on your machine and reboot. Thus in this way, the network connectivity issues you were facing earlier should be resolved now.

That’s it!


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13 Comments

  • My Settings page does not have a reset option

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ The option is only available in Windows 10/build 14943/Version 1607 or later.

  • There’s a cmd command but I don’t know what it is could anyone tell me so I can use it on 8.1? As from memory this would be the only thing that works and there’s no automated button please email me if you do

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Already mentioned in article, Command Prompt version is here: https://www.kapilarya.com/wifi-ethernet-doesnt-have-a-valid-ip-configuration-windows-10

  • i did network reset.after that it restarted and then on login window i enter my password and i am not able to sing in…i didnt able to sign in and it restarted automaticallly ie. it goes to infinite reboot loop…what will be the problem and what is solution..i dont want to losse my C drive data..thanks in advance.

  • Thank you so much! It worked

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad to help 😊

  • Now after the reset WiFi doesn’t show up at all and I can’t do anything to get it back.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Try installing latest audio drivers from OEM’s website.

  • This reset didn’t give me my wireless adapter back! I’m willing to go back to win 8.1, but it doesn’t allow that either. Win 8.1 was installed on this computer when new, but no back-up disks. I’m stuck with a laptop that wan only access the internet with an ethernet cable. This really *****. I see everywhere that this isn’t a new issue. Do they think I can conjure up more cash out of my fixed income pension to be a new laptop. That won’t happen. I’ve spent too many days trying to fix MS Windows fubar. Please help with a real fix.
    Thank you.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ The steps will reset network settings to default. You can download WiFi adapter from your device manufacturer’s website and install it.

  • Itried everything possible.
    Windows 10 Network Solutions seems to be a dogfight. Thankyou Microsoft and have a nice Weekend.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Recommend you to reinstall the network driver manually, see if that helps.

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