How to Reset Windows 11 Network Adapters

This post shows students and new users how to reset, reload and repair network adapters in Windows 11 to resolve common network related issues.

Windows has always allowed users to reset their network adapters. However, in Windows 11, the process is simple and quick, and can be done from the main System settings pane with few clicks.

One of thing that is still included in Windows 11 is the ability to reset its network adapters. This isn’t new, but Windows 11 makes the process easy and painless, even for new users.

When you reset network adapters in Windows, it will remove and reinstall your network adapters and other networking components back to their original state and settings.

To get started with reset network adapters in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

How to reset and repair Windows 11 network adapters

To reset network adapters in Windows 11 is as simple as few clicks. Simply go to the System’s settings pane, in the network section and do it there.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet, select Advanced network settings on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the Advanced network setting pane, under More settings, select Network reset as highlighted below. The network reset feature will reset all network adapters to their factory settings.

Next, click Reset now button to reset the network and all adapters.

A new pop windows will open and prompt you if you’re sure you want to reset you network settings. Select Yes to continue resetting your network.

After a brief moment, Windows will reset your network adapters and schedule to reset in 5mins. You can do a restart now if you want to.

For wireless network, you’ll have to reconnect to your Wi-Fi network and reenter the password to connect.

After restarting, your computer will boot up, require IP addresses if setup with DHCP and other network information. If you statically assign IP addresses, you’ll have to reenter the IP info.

That should do it!


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