How to Reset the Wireless LAN on Windows XP

By Chris Brake

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.

Control Panel

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Command Prompt

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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.