Windows - Quick Fix for Networking Problems

Categories:  windows
Labels:  cmd, internet, network

Use this document to repair Internet connection problems in Windows 7, Vista and XP. These commands reset TCP/IP, Windows Socket, and Windows Firewall.

Programs like firewalls, antivirus applications, VPN clients, and various malware can cause Internet connection problems. When there are Internet connection problems in Windows 7, Vista, or XP, make sure there are no firewalls installed other than the Windows Firewall. If other firewalls are in use, consider uninstalling them and re-enable the Windows Firewall. If problems persist, try the following commands.

Windows 8

  1. Open the Metro screen and type "command" which will automatically open the search bar. Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator at the bottom of the screen.

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  2. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each command:

    • netsh int ip reset reset.txt
    • netsh winsock reset
    • netsh advfirewall reset

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  3. Restart the computer.

Windows 7 & Vista

  1. Click Start and type "command" in the search box. Right-click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.

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  2. Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each command:

    • netsh int ip reset reset.txt
    • netsh winsock reset
    • netsh advfirewall reset

    win7_netsh-img

  3. Restart the computer.

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