How To Reset Windows 11 Network Settings

Resetting the networking settings reinstalls the network adapter and sets the device to factory settings.


Resetting the network settings on Windows 11 PC can help resolve various connectivity issues, such as slow internet speeds, network errors, or problems with Wi-Fi connections. If you are experiencing connectivity problems on your Laptop or PC and tried different solutions but the problem is not fixed, you should try to Reset Network Settings in Windows 11. When you reset the network settings, it reverts your network configuration back to its default state, removing any customized settings or configurations you may have made. This article guides how to reset the network settings on Windows 11 computers, helping you troubleshoot and improve your network connectivity.

Reset Network Settings option is just one of many potential ways to fix internet and connectivity bugs and glitches.

What Is A Network Adapter?

A network adaptor or network interface card (NIC) is a hardware component that allows a computer to connect to a network. It provides the necessary physical connection and communication between the computer and the network. The NIC typically connects to the computer’s motherboard and provides an interface for connecting to various types of networks, such as Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Network cards have unique identifiers, known as Media Access Control (MAC) addresses, which are used to identify the device on the network.

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And you must install a compatible network driver on your Windows computer to enable the operating system to communicate effectively with the network adapter. The network driver ensures that the operating system can recognize and utilize the specific features and functionalities of the network adapter correctly.

If you are experiencing issues with your network connection, such as slow internet speed, DNS errors, or problems connecting to other devices on the network, resetting the network settings can help to resolve the issue. Reset Windows 11 Network Settings erase all your Wi-Fi connections and passwords along with any saved Ethernet connections help restore default configurations and potentially resolve the problem.

How to Reset Windows 11 Network Settings

There are different options to reset Windows 11 Network settings and fix internet and internet problems.

Important note – This process will remove any customizations you have made to your network settings. Also, disconnect you from any active network connections, Ensure have any necessary login credentials or network information handy to reconnect to your network after the reset.

To reset your network settings in Windows 11

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the settings app,
  • Select the “Network & Internet” option on the left
  • Now scroll down and click on “Advanced network settings“, Under this section, click on the “Network reset” link.

Network reset windows 11

  • A window will appear, providing information about the network reset process and its consequences. Review the information and click on the “Reset now” button.

Network reset windows 11

  • Confirm the reset by clicking on the “Yes” button in the warning window.

Confirm network reset

  • Restart your computer to apply the network reset, Click on the “Restart now” button.

Reset Windows 11 network setting using Command Prompt

Also, there are a few networking commands you can run to reset Windows 11 network settings.

  • Press Windows key + S, type cmd and select run as administrator, This will open an elevated Command Prompt window. Now run the following commands, press enter key after each.
  • First run the command netsh winsock reset, to re-establish the communication between your PC and the network.

Winsock reset

  • The netsh int ip reset command causes the rules to be reset to factory default.
  • Next, run the command netsh advfirewall reset to restore the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security Policy to the default policy.
  • The ipconfig / flushdns command flushes the DNS cache
  • And finally, run ipconfig / release and ipconfig / renew to release and renew your IP address.

Once done, close the command prompt and restart your computer. When your PC starts again the network reset process settings will be set to the default values, and it will get connected to the network.

If you are on wifi network you need to connect wifi using credentials.

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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