How to Reset the Wireless LAN on Windows XP

Windows XP includes a feature that allows users to automatically repair and reset any network connections. The repair function can be accomplished using the Control Panel's Network Connections. Resetting a wireless LAN connection can also be done using the command line.

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Resetting a wireless LAN connection with Windows XP.

Control Panel

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Click the "Start" menu, then click "Control Panel." Select "Network Connections."

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Right-click on the wireless LAN connection and select "Repair" from the context menu that appears.

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Allow Windows XP to diagnose and repair the issue. Then retry connecting to the wireless LAN connection.

Command Prompt

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Click the "Start" menu, then select "All Programs." Click the "Accessories" sub-menu, then select the "Command Prompt" icon.

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Type "netsh int IP reset c:\ network-connection.log" into the command prompt window and press the "Enter" key. This will run the Netsh utility, and a report log will be stored in the network-connection.log file.

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Type "netsh int IP" into the command prompt and press the "Enter" key. This will reset the TCP/IP.

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Type "netsh winsock reset catalog" into the command prompt to reset the socket that manages the TCP/IP. This is only available on computers with Windows XP Service Pack 2 installed.