3 Easy Ways To Reset Network Adapter Driver

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Are you having trouble connecting to your network or internet on your computer? This can happen in some cases like the network driver has become outdated. Or you might have installed or upgraded to the new operating system recently. As you upgrade, the old driver becomes obsolete.

And due to this, ethernet does not work or it can’t find Wi-Fi connections. To fix these kinds of internet connection issues you can easily reset network adapter. This might also be helpful in cases where there is any missing network adapter driver. By resetting it, the PC will troubleshoot and reinstall the required network adapter that will work without any issues. So, let’s move onto the steps.

Reset Network Adapter Driver Settings

It is very easy to reset network adapter on your PC. But before proceeding, please note that if you have any personal network settings or any kind of VPN set then you will have to enter all those settings to configure the network again after the network is reset.

Method 1

1. Open the Settings menu. You can open it by clicking the Start icon and then selecting the gear icon. Alternatively, you can also press Windows+I key for the same.

Reset Network Adapter Driver

2. Now in Settings, select Network & Internet.

Reset Network Adapter settings

3. It will open the Network Status inside this menu, if not click on the Status on the left side panel below Network & Internet.

Reset Network Adapter - Network and security

4. After that on the Network Status in the right panel, scroll down to find Network Reset and click on it.

5. It will then show you the message that it will reset all the network adapters and change all the components to their original form and the PC will restart. Click on Reset now.

Network reset

6. Then again it will confirm that you want to reset the network settings, select Yes. After this, it will show you the message that the PC will restart in 5 minutes.

Reset Network Adapter

7. Once it restarts the network adapter will reset and may ask you to configure the network connection settings from the initial stage. Set it accordingly and your network connection issue will be resolved.

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In earlier versions of Windows like 7 and 8, resetting adapter was a little bit different than Windows 10. With these methods, you can reset both the Wi-Fi or the Ethernet network adapter on both the previous versions.

Method 2

1. Head over to the Control Panel settings and inside there enter Network and Sharing Center.

control panel2. Inside this menu, on the right side panel select Change adapter settings. This will open the network adapters.

reset network adapter on PC

3. Here right click on the adapter that you want to reset i.e. ethernet or Wi-Fi and select Disable. After disabling the network adapter, it will turn black and white and show disabled.

reset network adapter - disable

4. Then after a minute or less, enable the same network by right-clicking and selecting Enable. That’s it, you have reset your Network adapter.

ethernet not working

You can also use this method to uninstall the network adapter or installing any missing adapter by heading to Properties of any desired adapter.

install or uninstall network adapter

Method 3

1. Open the Device Manager. You can open it from the Run program(Window+R) and typing devmgmt.msc and selecting OK.

RUN program

Or hit Windows+X and select Device Manager.

device manager

2. Under the Device Manager dialog box, search and select the Network adapter and expand the folders. Now select the Network adapter that you wish to reset and right click on it and select Uninstall.

device manager options

3. Then right-click on Network adapter and select Scan for hardware changes. It will scan the system and install the required adapter that is missing and reset it.

reset wireless network adapter

It can also be used to update the network adapters. Just right-click on any adapter and select Update Driver Software.

update network adapter

This way you can easily troubleshoot any internet connection issue whether wired ethernet or wireless Wi-Fi. In case of any queries feel free to ask on the comments section below.

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Hitesh Sharma

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