On Windows 10, network connectivity is among the most common problems. You always will find comments and forums posts across the web complaining about slow Wi-Fi speeds, error messages like “Limited access”, “Unidentified Network”, and no internet access.
Although Microsoft is constantly releasing updates to improve the overall experience, it’s like a story that never ends. And this isn’t just a problem for Microsoft, companies like Intel and others, also have to deal with similar networking issues.
The good news is that if you’re having any networking issues, Windows 10 includes a feature that allows you to reset any network adapter to fix the most common connectivity problems — even slow Wi-Fi speeds on Surface and other devices. (You just need to know where to find it.)
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
To reset the network adapter settings to fix any connection problems, close all your running applications, and use these steps:
Click on Network & internet.
Click on Status.
Under the “Change your network settings” section, click the Network Reset link.
Click the Reset now 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.
Click Yes to confirm.
Click Close on the dialog box letting you know that your computer will shut down.
Restart your computer.
After completing the steps, if you’re using a Wi-Fi adapter, make sure to reconnect to your wireless network, and then you should once again be able to access the internet. (Assuming there’s not a problem with your internet provider, router, or cabling.)
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 of 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.
Update February 25, 2019: This guide was originally published on May 2016, and it’s been updated with the current changes for the latest version of Windows 10.