How to Reset Network Settings in Windows 10

Resolving Recurring Network Problems in Windows 10 Networking

Occasionally after reconfiguring network cards, settings, IP information and other network items, you may find that old configuration is still being read, or new configuration will not be applied, despite attempting several times. The last resort to completely reset your networking configuration to default is to perform a network reset.

  • To reset network settings,Click Start menu > Settings Network and Internet > Status Network Reset.
  • If you have a VPN or a proxy server, it will need to be reconfigured following the reset.
  • Resetting network settings uninstalls and re-adds each network adapter installed on your system.
  1. Ensure you have saved all your documents and are ready for a reboot of your computer
  2. Note down any specific VPN or Proxy settings which you need to connect to work or other services
  3. Go to Startmenu > Settings, then select Network and Internet.
  4. In the left navigation pane, select Status Scroll down until you see Network Reset
  5. Click the Network Reset link and read the information provided
  6. When you’re ready to network your reset settings, select Reset now
  7. Click Yes in the network reset confirmation window. This will start the reset process and also perform a reboot of your computer
  8. After the reboot, you will find that your network connection isn’t active. Your network card reset has released its previous connection. Click the network icon, select the network you want to reconnect to, and choose Connect.
  9. If your TCP/IP settings are set to automatically detect, your network connection should detect the appropriate network settings and connect to the internet without any problems.

Fixing Other Network Settings

A VPN client or other network software will need to be reconfigured to get them working again.

A proxy server for outbound or inbound access will need to be reconfigured.

Resetting network settings in Windows 10 is a last resort. The Network Reset Utility was created by Microsoft after the Windows 10 Anniversary Update build (version 1607) to resolve network problems caused by the update. The utility still remains to help people fix network connection issues.

Setting Local Networks

Change a network from public to private in Windows 10

To change a wireless network from public to private select the Wi-Fi icon, then select Properties > Network profile > Private

To change a wired connection, right-click the Ethernet icon, then Open Network & Internet settings > Properties > Network profile > Private

To switch network discovery on or off, go to Settings Network & Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change advanced sharing settings.