If you also depend on your network for work, one of the worst things that can happen is to have to deal with networks problems. Time is money and the longer the issues last, the less work you’ll get done. One possible fix is to reset the network adapter, but this should really be your last resort.
Thanks to a feature that’s included right into your Microsoft Windows 10 computer, you can get rid of that problem. Before you turn to this method make sure that you’ve first tried some basic fixes since that’s sometimes all it takes.
What Resetting the Network Adapter Implies
If you’re determined to go through with it, keep in mind that when you reset the network adapter, your computer will forget all the WiFi passwords and networks you ever added. It will also forget VPN connectors and virtual switches.
Your network adapters and other networking components will start from scratch. I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but you’re even going to have to deal with the setup questions you answered when you first bought your Windows computer or installed it.
How to Reset Network Adapter for Windows 10
If you’re reading this section that means that all the basic fixes didn’t work. If it’s any consolation, the steps to reset the network adapter is not as hard as it may sound and it’s a rather quick process. Right-click on the Windows start menu and click on Settings and go to Network and Internet.
Once you’re in Network and Internet, make sure to click on the Status option on the left of your display. Look for the Network reset option that should be the last option down.
After you click on the option, you should get a warning message letting you know what will be erased. Read the info carefully and if you’re sure this is what you want to do click on the reset now button. The message will also let you know that you will need to restart your computer for the changes to be permanent.
Once again, even after clicking Reset now, Windows will ask you one more time if you’re sure. Click Yes, and restart your computer. When you reboot, just follow the steps that Windows will show you and you should be OK.
Make sure you save anything you’re working on within the next five minutes. That’s the amount of time you’ll have before Windows will reset the network adapter. If you don’t want to wait the five minutes, you can also boot your computer manually to speed things up a bit.
As you can see, resetting the network adapters is an easy task, even if you’re a beginner. But, setting up your computer to the way it was before the reset is not so easy. Double and even triple check that you’ve covered all the basic fixes before you consider trying this one. If you come across any problems, don’t forget to leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to help.