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XP/2003: Reset or Reinstall to Correct a Bad TCP/IP Stack

In the later versions of Windows, TCP/IP is considered a core component and cannot be uninstalled. Several things can corrupt the TCP/IP stack. This tech-recipe explains how to reset the stack.


Many programs tend to adjust and change the TCP/IP stack. In older versions of Windows, the user could correct the stack by uninstalling and reinstalling. However, since the stack is now a core component, uninstalling is no longer possible. Fortunately, one can easily reset it using the following steps.

    1. Left click the Start button.
    2. Select run.
    3. In the open box, type: netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt

c:\resetlog.txt will show what changes existed. Users can change this to any desired path.

This command rewrites the TCP/IP registry keys. Essentially, this causes the same result as the removal and the reinstallation of the protocol.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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