Fix Winsock Errors With Winsock Repair

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 27, 2009
Updated • Jan 1, 2011
Software, Windows, Windows software

microsoft windows Winsock, which stands for Windows Sockets Api, defines how networking software should access network services. Many users come into contact with Winsock after experiencing connection problems that are usually related to Winsock. The connection problems come in a wide variety and include losing network connections, dns lookup problems, websites becoming unavailable, limited network connections plus many more.

There are several reasons for these network issues including computer crashes, installation of networking software or malicious software attacks that tampered with network settings and Winsock. A corrupt Winsock can therefor lead to all kinds of networking troubles which are difficulty to analyze and understand for the inexperienced user.

Some software developers on the other hand have created software programs that can fix most Winsock errors with the push of a button. That's obviously more comfortable than having to fix the errors manually.

Winsock Repair is a portable software program for the Windows operating system that has two primary functions. The first is to reset the TCP/IP stack which will rewrite important Windows Registry keys with their default values. The second will try to repair Winsock so that the network connectivity issues are a thing of the past. It does provide an option to list the installed LSPs (Layered Service Providers) which can be important as pre-installed LSPs might need to be reinstalled after fixing the Winsock errors.

LSP Fix is an alternative to Winsock Repair. It makes it easier to deal with LSP related problems as it will list all of them in its interface with the option to remove only selected ones from the computer system.


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  1. Rizonetech said on October 24, 2009 at 12:35 am

    Winsock Repair is replaced by Rizone’s Power Tools. All the functionality of Winsock Repair is now build into Rizone’s Power Tools. You can visit: to download Rizone’s Power Tools and repair all your Winsock issues.

  2. Rizonetech said on August 18, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I just completed a upgraded version of Winsock Repair. Visit my home page and check it out. Now supports Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008 and Windows 7. Plus I added many more features.

  3. Rizonetech said on August 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    True, you can just type in a simple command. When I wrote the utility it was to make life a little easier. By all means, if you like typing, use the commands.

  4. hak01 said on August 1, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Seth, I agree with you. It is all about typing the following command in cmd
    netsh winsock reset
    Then what is the need for a third party tool!!!!!!!!

  5. Rizonetech said on July 28, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Thank you for linking to my utility. I’m always looking to improve my utilities. So, please let me know of any bugs or upgrades you would like.

    Would it be ok if I use your description on my page for Winsock Repair? I’m also in process of updating my Blogspot pages.

    Regards, Rizonetech

    1. Martin said on July 28, 2009 at 11:27 am

      Sure you can do that :)

  6. Seth said on July 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Alternatively, you can reset Winsock from the command line with the built-in netsh (in Windows XP SP2 and later):
    netsh winsock reset
    Then, restart.

    Or, to reset TCP/IP:
    netsh int reset all

  7. Jacques PYRAT said on July 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    I’ve found but, it’s only version

    Where is version ?

    1. Martin said on July 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

      link has been added. Sorry for the mess.

  8. paulus said on July 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Hoi Martin i cant find a link, going white this artikel, for Winsock Repair on this page, do you mean

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