How to Change Network Settings in Windows?

By Dominic Cooper on May 16, 2023

The network of a system or the adapter installed in it is usually detected automatically by Windows to establish a connection by configuring it according to the fundamental networking protocols.

However, you may need to change the network settings manually at times, and if you are not aware of the methods to do so, you are at the right place. This article will guide you through the process of changing network settings in Windows.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why Do You Need to Change Network Settings?

One common reason to change the network settings on your PC is to do away with the problems that you may be facing with the internet connection after all other basic troubleshooting methods have failed to rectify the issue.

Changing the network settings may also allow easy management of your network and internet connection or to gain higher speed, as the case may be.

Ways to Change Network Settings in Windows

How to Change Network Settings in Windows

You can simply reset the network setting on your PC when you want to change it. Additionally, you can change the automatic metric that Windows uses to choose a network connection.

Changing the IP, DNS and gateway addresses will also change the network settings.

Expert tip:

Changing your network settings will usually set the default configuration. Therefore, before you start, make sure that you have gone through all the vital settings of your network.

You may even keep a note of them. This will help you set the network back to its current settings after you are done with the initial steps.

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Method 1: Use the Built-in Windows Network Reset Function

Perhaps the simplest of all ways to change network settings in Windows is to use the built-in reset function.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Network reset

Click on Network reset

This will initiate the process, and you will be signed out and your system will shut down after some time. You will be informed about it immediately, as follows:

You are about to signed out

However, you can also reboot your system manually, if you do not want to wait that long.

When your PC restarts, you will need to reinstall other software related to networking that you had previously on your PC if you wish, such as virtual switches, VPN client, and others.

Method 2: Change the Settings of the Network Adapter in Device Manager

Another common way to change the network settings in Windows is to change the settings of the network adapters in the first place. This will also reset the adapter at the same time.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Uninstall network adapter

Click on the Uninstall button in the confirmation box

Now, restart your computer, and the network adapter will be reset, thereby making the necessary changes.

Method 3: Change IP and DNS Server Addresses Manually

You may also need to change the adapter options for the Ethernet if you are using it. In that case, you may sometimes have to change the Internet Protocol (IP) address and the Domain Name System (DNS) server address manually.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Network Connections Properties

Ethernet Properties

In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties window that appears, you will usually find the small circles next to ‘Obtain an IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically’ are already checked.

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However, in this case, you will need to set the IP and DNS server addresses manually in the following way:

You may check whether or not this IP address is correct by using the Command Prompt and running the ping command along with the IP address. If there is no answer, you can assume that the address is OK.

(You can see it demonstrated in the last image of this method.)

When everything is entered correctly, it will look like this:

Internet Protocol Version 4

Save the changes by clicking on the OK button, and close all windows to exit.

Now, find out whether or not it works from the Command Prompt.

Ideally, it should work, and the return of your commands would look something like this:

Command prompt

Finally, type exit and close the Command Prompt.

Method 4: Change Advanced TCP Settings

You can also change your network settings by making some simple tweaks in the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) settings.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

control panel large icons

Network and Sharing Center

Change adapter settings

Internet Protocol Version 4

This will take you to the Advanced TCP/IP Settings window.

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Advanced TCP/IP Settings window

Click OK on all windows to close them. You may restart the computer now so that the changes take effect, and that should change your network settings.

Method 5: Make Changes in the Local Area Network

If you are using Local Area Network or LAN, you may also need to make changes to its settings.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Go to the Control Panel as above and choose Internet Options this time. This will open the Internet Properties window.

Internet Properties window

In the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings window that appears, the Automatic configuration will be enabled by default.

Local Area Network

Now, finally, click on the OK button and check the LAN settings to see the changes made.

Method 6: Manage or Remove Networks

You may also manage or even remove some known networks that you may have used before.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Wi-Fi Window

Manage known networks

You can even add a new network from the same place.

Conclusion

There are quite a few ways in which you can change the network settings of your PC manually, as described in this article.

If you ever need to do so, you can start with the easiest method and then move on to the more complex ones, if the former does not work in your particular case.