Fix Wi-Fi on Windows 10 with the Network Reset feature

How to use ‘Network Reset’ to fix any Wi-Fi issue on Windows 10

Use the new "Network Reset" feature to fix internet issues, including slow Wi-Fi connectivity, on your Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, and any other Windows 10 device with one click.

One of the most common problems on computers is network connectivity. You will always find comments and forums posts from users experiencing slow Wi-Fi and internet connections. On Windows 10, you may also be familiar with the “Limited access”, “Unidentified Network”, no internet access, and many other error messages.

If you own a Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3, you may probably even come across some sort of slow Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

While Microsoft is constantly updating and promising to fix the network adapters on its devices, it always seems to be a story that never ends. And this isn’t just a problem for Microsoft, companies like Intel and others, also run into similar networking issues.

Windows 10 is aligning to tackle this problem by introducing a new feature called “Network Reset” that is available on the Anniversary Update and later versions to help users to easily reset the network adapters to fix any network connectivity problems, even to fix the slow Wi-Fi connection.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset the network adapters on your Windows 10 device.

How to reset a network adapter on Windows 10

  1. Close any program that you may be running and save your work.

  2. Make sure you know your Wi-Fi password, as you’ll need it to reconnect.

  3. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.

  4. Click Network & internet.

  5. Click Status.

  6. Click Network Reset.

    Status page on Network & internet  Windows 10

  7. Click the Network Reset button.

    Network Reset button

    Note: You can’t pick a specific Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter to reset, this feature will automatically remove and reinstall all your network adapters. After you complete the process, you may need to reinstall or reconfigure other networking software, such as a VPN client software.
  8. Click Yes to confirm the prompt.

    Reset network settings on Windows 10

  9. Click Close on the dialog box letting you know that your computer will shut down.

  10. Restart your computer.

  11. If you’re using a Wi-Fi adapter, make sure to reconnect to your wireless network.

In the case that after entering the wireless network password, you can’t connect to the internet, make sure to reboot your computer to fix the issue.

Remember that there could be a million other reasons, why you’re experiencing networking problems. For example, it could be that the current driver got corrupted, settings are incorrectly configured, problems with your wireless router, or signal congestions — just to name a few.

You will also find a lot different ways to troubleshoot and fix specific network problems, such as reinstalling the network adapters, or using the Winsock Reset feature in the netsh command line utility. However, these solutions require a set of technical skills that most regular users may find very complicated, and the Network Reset feature in Windows 10 aims to simplify the process.

Did Network Reset fix the Wi-Fi issue in your Windows 10 device? Let us know in the comments below.