How to Reset Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in Windows XP

Posted August 24, 2004 by mikejc in Windows networking

In XP, a reset command is available in the IP context of the NetShell utility. When this command is executed, it rewrites pertinent registry keys that are used by the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack to produce the same result as the removal and the reinstallation of the protocol. Read on to discover more information regarding the reset command.


When viewing the list of components for a network interface, you may notice that the Uninstall button is disabled when Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is selected. In Windows XP, the TCP/IP stack is considered a core component of the operating system; therefore, it is not possible to uninstall TCP/IP in Windows XP.

In extreme cases, reinstalling the Internet Protocol stack may be the most appropriate solution. With the NetShell utility, you can now reset the TCP/IP stack back to a pristine state, to the same state as when the operating system was installed.

The NetShell utility ( netsh ) is a command-line scripting interface for the configuring and monitoring of Windows XP networking. This tool provides an interactive network shell interface to the user.

In Windows XP, a reset command is available in the IP context of the NetShell utility. When executed, the reset command rewrites pertinent registry keys that are used by the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) stack. This achieves the same result as the removal and the reinstallation of the protocol.

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