Restarting WinSock?

By inet32 ·
Every so often I find I can't browse to any websites, even though I can ping them OK. IE8 Diagnostics says Winsock has failed and needs to be restarted and that I must reboot my PC for it to take effect.

Is there any way to restart Winsock WITHOUT having to reboot my PC?

Thanks in advance!

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Try this

by IC-IT In reply to Restarting WinSock?

(Copied from MS)

Click Start, and then click Run.
In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
In Registry Editor, locate the following keys, right-click each key, and
then click Delete:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Winsock
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Servic es\Winsock2
When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
Restart the computer <====== this is a must
After rebooting Right-click the network connection, and then click
Click Install.
Click Protocol, and then click Add.
Click Have Disk.
Type C:\Windows\inf, and then click OK.
On the list of available protocols, click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), and
then click OK.

If Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) does not appear, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Search.
In the Search Companion pane, click More advanced options.
Click to select the following three check boxes:
Search system folders
Search hidden files and folders
Search subfolders
In the All or part of the file name box, type nettcpip.inf, and then click
In the results pane, right-click Nettcpip.inf, and then click Install.
Restart the computer.

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Please read my original post . . .

by inet32 In reply to Try this

I said I was looking for a way to restart Winsock WITHOUT rebooting the PC.

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Understood however

by IC-IT In reply to Please read my original p ...

If you fix it right then you wont have to reboot again after this one.

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