“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. The netsh winsock reset command is generally executed when the Winsock2 is corrupted and not working properly. This Winsock2 corruption can occur in operating systems like Windows XP, Windows7, Windows 10, and Windows Server versions.

Winsock Error Messages

Especially when the IP address is released or renewed the Winsock error occurs and the following error related messages can be displayed.

An error occurred while renewing interface 'Internet': An operation was attempted on something that is not a socket.
An error occurred while renewing interface Local Area Connection: the requested service provider could not be loaded or initialized.

If you are browsing the web and internet the web browser may display and error message like below. This message can be displayed by web browsers like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer etc.

The page cannot be displayed
Initialization function INITHELPERDLL in IPMONTR.DLL failed to start with error code 10107

Why Reset The Winsock In Windows?

As the internet is an important part of our daily life a problem with the internet or network connection can be caused for different reasons. We can list the 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.

Open MS-DOS with Administrator Privileges

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.

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.

> netsh int ip reset

> netsh winsock reset catalog

> ipconfig /release

> ipconfig /renew

> ipconfig /flushdns

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