Winsock Fix for Windows 7, 8 and 10 (2016 Update)

The Winsock fix for Windows 7, 8 and 10 is greatly needed to reset and repair your winsock catalog – Many people regularly have problems with their winsock and TCP/IP connections, because they can get corrupted so easily.

Winsock Fix Windows 7

Malformed Winsock: Cause Of Connection Issues

Often connection problems are caused by malformed winsock entries and invalid LSPs (Layered Service Providers). LSP entries are responsible for managing your inbound and outbound internet traffic. In simpler words: When you can’t connect to the internet, a corrupt winsock is very likely and should be fixed.
Warning: In some cases, this can really mess up your connection. You should only use it if you have tried other solutions first!

WinsockFix – Repair/Reset Winsock and TCP/IP on XP

WinsockFix is a great utility to reset and repair Winsock. It’s probably the best and quickest fix for all connection problems, but I wouldn’t use it on Windows 7. How could I trust an applicaton that is not able to detect my system and says I’m running a 32-bit Windows? WinsockFix was written for Windows 95, ME, XP, 2000, so I wouldn’t use it on Vista on Windows 7, but if you are still on Windows XP, I would recommend the tool.

Fix Winsock Manually Using Command Prompt

1. Step Open up the command line utility cmd.exe (Hold Windows key + R and enter cmd.exe, hit Enter) and enter:

  • netsh winsock reset catalog (resets winsock entries)
  • netsh int ip reset reset.log hit (resets TCP/IP stack)

2. Step Reboot your PC

3. Step Your connection should have been reset now and your connections problems may be gone – however it will not solve all problems. For example sometimes your network driver becomes corrupt, then you should download new drivers from realtek.com.tw

Fix Winsock via Batch

I wrote a little batch that will run the commands for you. This could come in handy if you forget the commands and you can no longer go online to look them up.

Download that file and to run it right-click on winsockfix.bat and click on “Run as administrator”.

Why Use The Winsock Fix?

The Winsock is the interface that you need to speak to the outside world via TCP/IP, as such it is a critical component of the Windows operating system. This simple fix will reinitialize your ethernet adapters and fix a lot of common issues.

Published: Friday, January 15th, 2016 Last Modified: January 15, 2016