XP SP2: New Winsock Netsh Commands

Posted August 11, 2004 by MickeyMouse in Windows

Windows XP Service Pack 2 contains two new commands for Netsh. These commands deal with Layered Service Providers or LSPs.


Two new Netsh commands for Layered Service Providers (LSPs) have been coded into SP2. An LSP is software that is inserted into the Windows TCP/IP handler. As you might imagine, any error in the LSP can prevent your network connections from working properly.

The following command resets the Winsock catalog to the default configuration. While doing this, it removes any LSPs. This is excellent if some spyware or other piece of software has placed the LSP and is now causing your network connection not to work correctly. Obviously, any needed LSP software will need to be reinstalled after this command so use it with caution.

netsh winsock reset catalog

The following command will list all the installed Winsock LSPs on your computer.

netsh winsock show catalog

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