How to Clear NetBT

By Peter Thomas

NetBT stands for NetBIOS (Network Basic Input/Output System) over TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and is a critical component of computer networking that allows for a set of basic commands to be issued across a network. It is used by programmers to provide consistent functionality between computers and for the discovery of network devices ( If you are encountering difficulty with your connection, clearing NetBT will reset all of your computer's active NetBIOS connections.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows
  • Administrator account

Step 1

Open the Start menu by clicking on the "Start" button.

Step 2

Click "Run" if you are running Windows XP or earlier, or click in the "Search" bar for Windows Vista or later.

Step 3

Enter the text "cmd" without quotes. Press Shift+Enter to run this as an administrator on Windows Vista or later operating systems.

Step 4

Enter the command "nbtstat -R" without quotes in the command prompt. Press enter to run it. Your current NetBT connection list will be cleared. (