How to reset the wireless network card in Windows 10

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16 December 2015 For Management

A network adapter is a piece of hardware built into your PC / laptop used to connect to a network. The network can be wired (Ethernet) or wireless (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) depending on the nature of the network adapter. As mobile devices are used more frequently, wireless network adapters are more in demand than wired network adapters.

In this article, we will learn how to reset wired or wireless network card in Windows 10:



Method 1: Using Command Prompt

Since Command Prompt is ubiquitous on all Windows platforms (such as Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10), the steps outlined below will reset all types of network adapters on almost all Windows platforms.
Step 1:
Right click on the “Start” icon located in the lower left corner of the screen. Click "Command Prompt (Administrator)".

Step 2:
Type the following command as shown in the screenshot:
Ipconfig / launch

Step 3:
Type the following command as shown in the screenshot:
Ipconfig / update

Note: Windows will reset all network adapters found on the system.

Method 2: use Device Manager

Device Manager contains the list of devices (hardware devices) installed in the system. You can enable, disable, update or install any device at any time.
Performing a hard reset without restarting Windows can help you troubleshoot your wired and wireless network adapter. This method can be applied by following the steps below:
Step 1:
Right click on the “Start” icon located in the lower left corner of the screen. Click on "Device Manager".


Step 2:
Double click on "Network Adapters". Click on the network card that you are having problems with. Right-click on the chosen network card and click “Disable”.



Step 3:
A warning message will appear on the screen. Click "OK" to confirm.

A small triangle-shaped outline will form on the network card icon, which means that the hardware is down or disabled.

Step 4:
Right click on that network card again and click "Enable".

Note: After enabling, the device will reconfigure the previous settings.

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