How to Reset the Winsock in Windows Vista

In this Vista tutorial I will show you have to reset the winsock in Windows Vista. There is a common problem with the winsock catalog being corrupted in Vista and therefore, not allowing the user to access the internet. Winsock is software that help communication between Windows applications and the Internet protocol, which is why it needs to be running properly in order for your internet to work. The fix is quick and easy, so follow below.


1. Click on the Start button.

2. Then click Programs then Accesories and now find the Command Prompt program.

3. When you find the Command Prompt then right-click it and then click Run as Administrator.

4. The User Account Control screen should now pop up asking if you’d like to continue or cancel this operation. Select Continue.

5. After clicking Continue the Command Prompt screen will appear. Now type the command “netsh winsock reset” and press Enter.

6. You should now get a message saying that “You have successfully restart the Winsock Catalog”.

7. Type in “exit” and then restart your computer. You’re done.

That’s it! It’s really that simple. We hope the tutorial “How to Reset the Winsock in Windows Vista” using Windows Vista has helped you with your computer repair issue.

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