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How to Reset Windows Socket - Winsock Reset

Winsock is acting as a standard interface between TCP/IP and the network applications installed in Windows. If the Windows Socket (Winsock) corrupts, you may face issues with network applications installed in your computer. In the worst case scenario, your computer may not be able to access the Internet. To fix this network issues, you need to reset Winsock. Winsock can be corrupted by the improper installation of any software or by malware infection. It is a supporting article for many of our network troubleshooting guides which include "Winsock reset" as one of the troubleshooting steps.

How to Reset Winsock
  1. Click on Start

  2. Run Command Prompt as Administrator: To reset Windows Socket you need to make sure the command prompt runs as administrator. To do this right click on command prompt icon and select Run as administrator. To learn more about this click on the link below.
    You Don't have Administrative Rights to Run the Command

  3. Type netsh winsock reset and press enter

  4. Restart the computer

Just like we reset Windows Socket from the command prompt, we can do the same for other Windows services/ applications. Follow the link below to learn how to configure WINS from the command prompt.
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Another common network error you may receive while sharing files over a network can be fixed by a simple DOS Prompt command. To learn this follow the link below.
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Just like Winsock error, another possible error which may prevent you from accessing websites is DNS error.

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If the DNS settings configured in your computer is not correct, it can cause the domain to IP resolution issues.

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To fix this issue click on the link below.
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