How to Reset Network Settings on Windows 10

Forget your Wi-Fi networks and other network settings.
Ash Ash (362)
5 minutes

Resetting your network settings is usually a last-resort effort when troubleshooting network issues. It completely wipes your network settings including any saved networks—proceed with caution.

Windows 10 comes with a built-in utility to help reset your network settings. Not only does it restore settings to default, but it also reinstalls the network adapter.

Windows 10 PC ×1

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Windows 10 Settings

The network reset tool is found on the Network & Internet screen.

Expand the Start Menu and search for Settings. Open the Settings window and choose Network & Internet.

Windows 10 Network Status

In the left-hand column, Status should be selected. If it isn't, select it.

Windows 10 Network Reset

At the bottom of the Change your network settings list, choose Network Reset.

Windows 10 Reset Network Settings

Select Reset Now to initiate the reset process. Be sure to choose Yes on the prompt confirming the reset.

When the reset is complete, your computer will restart. All of the network adapters will be reinstalled and network settings returned to their default values. This process might uninstall VPN or virtual switch software. With everything wiped, you can start a new network connection.

If the issue doesn't resolve you may need to reset the router of the network you're using. Worst case, you may want to try restoring Windows 10 to a previous state.

Wipe it clean!
Ash Ash (362)
5 minutes

If your network is slower than usual, it may be time to factory reset your Arris router or modem. Rolling back to factory default settings can make a big difference in network performance.