Jan 20 2009

Clearing NetBT in XP to Repair Network Connection

Today after starting XP with the “Last Known Good Configuration” option I lost the network connectivity on my Desktop. Although Internet was working fine but “Microsoft Windows Network” would not list my network computers and when I tried the Network Connection repair option, the error message I kept getting was “Windows could not finish repairing the problem because following action cannot be completed: Clearing NetBT”.



So the logical approach was to first find a method to clear NetBT and after  following these steps below, I was able to clear NetBT and get my network connectivity back in XP.

TCP/IP stack repair method for use with Windows XP:

  • Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt.
  • Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog
  • Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset [log_file_name]

Note: the log_file_name needs to be specified, e.g. netsh int ip reset reset.log

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