“netsh winsock reset” – Reset Network Winsock In Windows

Winsock is a technology and network software which manages the sockets, ports in Windows operating systems. If some problems occur in the network one of the solutions is resetting the winsock in Windows.

Why Reset The Winsock In Windows?

As internet is important part of the our daily life a problem in the internet or network connection can be caused for different reasons. We can list following reasons why reset the winsock or network in Windows.

  • If there are DNS related errors
  • If the web page does not open even others in the same network can access the web page
  • If the firewall is not working properly
  • If we can not ping to remote hosts
  • If Netflix does not works properly
  • If the network files share can not be accessed
  • If the wireless or wired network connection provides Limited or No Connectivity errors.
  • If the VPN application does not works properly

Reset Winsock In Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008/2012/2016

In order to reset the winsock first, we will open the MS-DOS or command line with Administrator privileges. Type start menu MS-DOS or command line which will list the Command Prompt like below. There click to the Run as administrator like below. Following instructions can be executed in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008/2012/2016 etc.

When the Command Prompt is opened with Administrator privileges we will type the following command netsh winsock reset .

C:\>netsh winsock reset

Sucessfully reset the Winsock Catalog.
You must restart the computer in order to complete the reset.

After the command is completed successfully we will see the Successfully reset the Winsock Catalog. message. Also, we should restart the computer in order to complete the reset which is given with the message You must restart the computer in order to complete the reset. So just restart the computer to complete the task.

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Alternatively we can run the ipconfig command to release and renew current IP address and configuration. Just type the following commands if your problem is not solved.

> ipconfig /release

> ipconfig /renew

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