A lot of individuals still use the Windows 7 operating system because of its ease of use, stability, and other benefits. As per the StatCounter, around 27% of total Windows OS users still use the operating system. However, one common issue about the Windows 7 OS is it often shows WiFi related issues like limited internet and others.
Fortunately, you can fix most of the WiFi related problems in Windows 7 by merely resetting the network. In today’s guide, we will describe how to reset WiFi settings in Windows 7. We will let you know about different ways of resetting the WiFi networks.
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How to Reset WiFi Settings in Windows 7 on Different Ways
The developer of Windows 7, Microsoft Support, suggests resetting the wireless adapter for any issues. Problems like limited and slow internet, connection failure, etc. can be easily solved by resetting and reconnecting the WiFi network. Below, we will discuss various ways of resetting the wireless adapter in Windows 7.
# Reset WiFi Settings in Windows 7 from Control Panel
The most common way to reset the WiFi setting is by using the control panel on your Windows 7. Steps you need to follow for resetting the Windows 7 WiFi Settings using the control panel as follows:
- Open the control panel from your Windows 7 PC from the start menu. Then go to the Network and Sharing Center from the “Network and Internet” option.
- Now open the “View Network Connections” from the section and find the Wireless adapter icon.
- Then click on the WiFi adapter settings from the new tab.
- Now right click on the WiFi adapter icon and click on disable from the list. You may require verifying the action by entering the administrator password.
Your entire WiFi network should be reset after performing the steps mentioned above. You can verify the change easily by opening a website from the browser.
# Resetting the WiFi Network from the Command Prompt
You can also use the command prompt administrative feature of your PC to reset all the WiFi networks saved on your PC. Here is how to do it.
- Open the Command Prompt of your PC. You can find the feature by searching “cmd” in the search bar.
- From the search result, right-click on CMD with mouse and then tap on Run as administrator option. You may be asked for a password to verify the action.
- Now in the command prompt, write netsh winsock reset and click on enter. After doing so, you will be brought back to the CMD. Don’t worry, follow the next step.
- Now write netsh int ip reset on the command prompt and press enter. After that, write ipconfig /release and click enter.
- Again, write ipconfig /renew and click enter. Now write ipconfig /flushdns and click enter.
After doing so, restart the computer. When the PC starts, you will find that all the WiFi networks are removed, and you will need to connect again by entering the password. In case you encounter any issues while connecting the internet, call your ISP provider. Sometimes removing and reinstalling the Wireless driver may also help.
Reset WiFi Settings by Uninstalling and Reinstalling WiFi Driver
Removing and reinstalling the WiFi driver can be another way to remove the WiFi settings if the other procedure doesn’t work for you. You can easily do it from the device manager of the Windows 7 PC. Here are the steps you should follow:
- Open the device manager of your PC by going to the control panel and then to the device manager. Now click on the system from the new tab.
- Under the system tab, you will find a lot of options. You will need to open the “Network Adapters” option.
- In the network adapters option, you will again find several network hardware files. You don’t need to worry about these.
- Now click on the option that includes the term WiFi or wireless. A tab will occur after you click on the network device.
- Then open the driver and then click on the uninstall device from the driver tab. Then there will be a popup to confirm the decision. Click on uninstall to remove the driver.
- Now reboot or restart your computer. The operating system of the PC will then automatically reinstall the WiFi network.
If the PC doesn’t install the WiFi driver instantly, then you should find the latest version of the WiFi driver and install it. That’s it. After doing so, there will be a fully operating WiFi.
The WiFi setting can be easily reset on the Windows 7 computers using the given methods above. Some of the ways can be even included on the Windows 10 computers too. We hope you can easily solve the WiFi issues by resetting Windows 7 using the article’s procedures.