A network adapter (aka: Network Interface Controller (NIC) ) is a computer hardware component that connects a computer to the Internet or local area network.
A network reset will remove and reinstall all your network adapters, and set other networking components back to their original factory settings.
You might need to reinstall other networking software afterwards, such as VPN client software or virtual switches.
Resetting your network adapters may help fix network connection issues.
This tutorial will show you how to reset network adapters in Windows 11.
You must be signed in as an administrator to reset network adapters.
Open Settings (Win+I).
Click/tap on Network & internet on the left side, and click/tap on Advanced network settings on the right side. (see screenshot below)
Open Advanced network settings
Click/tap on Network reset. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Reset now. (see screenshot below)
Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)
You will now be notified that the PC will automatically restart in 5 minutes. (see screenshot below)
Save and close anything open before the computer restarts.
You can manually restart the computer now if you do not want to wait 5 minutes before it automatically restarts.
Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Command Prompt.
Copy and paste the
netcfg -dcommand into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
When finished, restart the computer to apply.