How to fix ‘Unidentified Network’ error on Windows 10

If you can't connect online, use this guide to reset your network adapter on Windows 10.

Reset WinSock to fix Unidentified Network on Windows 10
Reset WinSock to fix Unidentified Network on Windows 10

On Windows 10, network connections using a Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter are very reliable, but the time will come when you may come across connectivity problems not letting you access the internet.

Although there are a lot of factors that can cause networking problems, usually, you’ll see an error like “Unidentified Network” or “Local connection only” that can be solved using a few commands.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to reset a Wi-Fi or Ethernet (wired) connection to fix the Unidentified Network issue on Windows 10.

How to fix ‘Unidentified Network’ error on Windows 10

Use these steps to fix the Unidentified Network error message on Windows 10 by resetting the WinSock stack:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the result, and select the Run as an Administrator option.

  3. Type the following commands to reset the WinSock networking stack, and press Enter (for each command):

    netsh winsock reset
    netsh int ip reset

    Netsh command
    Netsh command
  4. Type the following command to reset the DNS information and press Enter:

    Ipconfig /flushdns

    IPConfig command
    IPConfig command
  5. Restart your computer.

Once you complete the steps, you should be able to connect again to the internet. Remember that you’ll need to re-enter the password to connect to your Wi-Fi network as this information gets reset with the above steps.

If the problem persists, you can also try using the “Network Reset” feature in the Settings app to reset all your adapters.

In the case you’re having an issue with the network adapter driver, you can use this guide to reinstall your adapter driver.

Update July 31, 2019: Originally published in January 2017, this guide has now been updated to make sure it is current with the latest version of Windows 10.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].