How to reset Network in Windows 10 after Update

Updates are essential to any kind of operating system and Windows 10 receives regular updates to patch vulnerabilities in the system which can cause any security issues. Updates can also be used by the developers to improve the functionality of the system by adding new features. These are some of the reasons why updates are mandatory in Windows 10 unlike previous versions of windows where updates were not at all mandatory.

However, updates in Windows 10 tend to be controversial and have a reputation of sometimes causing more problems in the Windows 10 operating system than it aims to solve. For example, in the year 2016, a Windows 10 update caused some users to not being able to connect to any network. Thus, preventing internet access. This can be a major problem for many.

To solve this problem, Microsoft has published a list of things that you can do on your Windows 10 computer to get internet access back after an update. In this guide, we are going to go through these steps that you can do to get internet access back after an update has broken it.

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Initial steps to regain internet access

Before going to the advanced steps, we have to make sure that it is not a trivial error that is preventing you from accessing the internet on your Windows 10 device after an update.

The first thing you can do if you cannot access the internet on Windows 10 after an update is just restart your computer and see if it fixes the problem.

If you want to restart your Windows 10 computer, follow these steps: –

  1. First, click on the start button present in the bottom left of the screen on the taskbar.
  2. In the start menu that opens up, locate the power button on the bottom left and click on it.
  3. From the popup list that opens, click on the option labelled as restart.

Now, your computer should restart. After your computer has restarted successfully and booted into Windows 10, open up your browser and go to a website to see if you have internet access.

Along with restarting your computer, you should also make sure that there aren’t any connection issues between your router and the computer that is causing internet issues.

To verify this, you can easily use the command prompt so follow these steps: –

 

  1. First, click on the start button present in the bottom left of the screen on the taskbar.
  2. In the search box, type in cmd and press enter. This will open up the command prompt.
  3. In the command prompt, type in ipconfig and press enter.
  4. In the command prompt, note your default gateway IP address that is displayed by the ipconfig command you typed earlier. Your default gateway IP address should be something like 192.168.0.1 or something else.
  5. Now that you know your default gateway IP address, type “ping [IP Address]” and replace [IP address] with the default gateway IP address you noted earlier.

This will make sure that your computer can communicate with your modem/router.

Change Proxy Settings

Sometimes it could be some issues with proxy settings that cause networking problems in Windows 10 after an update. To fix these issues, you can just change the proxy settings to your network. Follow these steps to update the proxy settings on Windows 10: –

  1. Press the Windows Key as well as the ‘I’ key simultaneously to open up the Settings window.
  2. In the Settings window, go to the section labeled as “Network and Internet”.
  3. Now, in the sidebar present on the left, go to the section labeled as Proxy.

Now, disable the “Automatically detect settings” option.

Utilize the Network Troubleshooter to fix internet availability issues

Windows 10 incorporates a fully-fledged Network trouble-shooter which can help you to easily analyze and fix various internet availability issues that you may face after a Windows 10 update.

If you want to run the network troubleshooting wizard on your computer, perform the following steps: –

  1. First, click on the start button present in the bottom left of the screen on the taskbar.
  2. In the search box, type in Network Troubleshooter and press enter. This will open up the Network Troubleshooting wizard.
  3. In the dialog box that opens up, select the option labeled as “Identify and repair network problems”.

Now, the Network Troubleshooter will look for problems in your system which can cause trouble connecting to the Internet.

When the troubleshooter finishes the procedure, open up your internet browser and go to a website to see if you have internet access.

Reset network adapters on Windows 10

When you took a stab at everything mentioned above and none of the steps worked for you, then you can reset your network adapters to gain internet access back on your Windows 10 device after an update.

Network reset is a feature that comes packaged with Windows 10 which can be used to get internet access back on your Windows 10 device after an update, and it can likewise solve different issues that you can face in connecting with the internet.

To reset network adapters in Windows 10, follow these steps: –

  1. Press the Windows Key as well as the ‘I’ key simultaneously to open up the Settings window.
  2. When Settings app opens, navigate to Network & Internet section.
  3. Now, in the sidebar present on the left, go to the section labeled as Status.
  4. Now, click on the option labeled as Network Reset.
  5. Click on the button that says Reset Now.
  6. Now, click on yes to ensure that you want to reset your Network Adapters.
  7. Restart the computer

Conclusion

These are some of the things, to regain internet access after a Windows 10 update has broken it. If the first few steps didn’t work for you then resetting the network adapters will surely do the job. But be aware that by resetting the network adapters, you will reset all the network related settings to their default configurations. This includes any saved network configurations as well as Wi-Fi passwords.

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