Windows 7 Winsock And TCP/IP Refresh

Sometimes you need to refresh Winsock and TCP/IP in order to troubleshoot a network issue. This may clear out corrupted entries or re-establish connection to a server's DHCP service. When all other troubleshooting methods have worn dry, you can succeed by refreshing Winsock. 

Winsock stands for Windows Sockets API (WSA). It is a technical specification that defines how Windows network software will access network services, like TCP.

Please note that it is not necessary to type quotes in the below directions. 

These are the steps for doing this on Windows 7.

1) Type, "cmd", in the Start Menu search text box.

2) Press Ctrl-Shift-Enter keyboard shortcut to run a Command Prompt as an administrator. Allow elevation. Or you can right-click on, "cmd", and tell it to run as administrator.

3) Type, "netsh winsock reset", in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

4) Type, "netsh interface ipv4 reset", in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

5) Type, "netsh interface ipv6 reset", in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

6) Type, "ipconfig /flushdns", in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

7) Restart your Computer.

Windows Vista or Windows XP Winsock And TCP/IP Refresh

Sometimes you need to refresh Winsock and TCP/IP in order to troubleshoot a network issue.

Please note that it is not necessary to type quotes in the below directions. 

These are the steps for doing this on Windows Vista or Windows XP.

1) Click on the Start Menu button and then click on, "Run".  Type, "cmd", in the Start Menu search text box and hit enter.

2) Type, "netsh winsock reset", in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

3) Type, "netsh int reset all", in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

4) Type, "ipconfig /flushdns", in the Command Prompt, and then press the Enter key.

5) Restart your Computer.

 

Winsock HierarchyCredit: The Computer Language Co. Inc.
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