Resetting Windows Network Adaptors

Whilst developing and supporting our Wi-Fi and networking products, we often found that the network settings in Windows Vista/7 got stuck when you switched from one network to another or turned off the internal wireless adaptor and plugged in an external long range wireless adaptor. This seems to be a “feature” of Windows Vista/7 as we did not find the same problems on Macs, iPhones, iPads, LINUX and Android systems.

On Windows XP, there use to be a “Repair Network” option but on Windows Vista/7 this was removed and often the only way to reset everything is to reboot the PC. Depending upon what you are doing and what you have open, this can be a major pain, so we created a little batch file that basically does what the “Repair Network” feature did in Windows XP.

If you keep a copy of this batch file on your PC, when you make any changes to the network adaptors or switch networks you can run this batch file to reset all of your network adaptors and avoid rebooting the PC. To run the batch file, right click on the icon and select the “Run as Administrator” option (as shown in the image above).

Click here to download the batch file.

3 thoughts on “Resetting Windows Network Adaptors

  1. @Echo on
    pushd\windows\system32\drivers\etc
    attrib -h -s -r hosts
    echo 127.0.0.1 localhost>HOSTS
    attrib +r +h +s hosts
    popd
    ipconfig /release
    ipconfig /renew
    ipconfig /flushdns
    netsh winsock reset all
    netsh int ip reset all
    only this !
    patricevenekas@gmail.com

    • Hi Patrice,

      Yes this Windows Batch file runs the commands that you have listed and these commands reset the network adaptors, flush the ARP and DNS cache and a few other things that are equivalent to rebooting the PC without the delay or inconvenience. It is similar to the “Repair” connection option that was available in Windows XP but removed in Vista and 7.

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