Easy Fixes For ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED Errors in Windows

If you’re seeing ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED errors on your Windows computer, it is usually because there is a misconfiguration in your network settings. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to fix it that will have you up and browsing in no time.

The majority of people who report this are using Google Chrome but it isn’t usually Chrome at fault. It is just the syntax used by Chrome. If you come up against the error in Edge, it would say something like ‘Hmmm, this is embarrassing’. Not the most informative error message I’m sure you’d agree!

Fix ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED errors in Windows

The ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED error usually indicates that a change has been made in the network configuration on your computer. That change is either stopping or interrupting the network connection between the browser and the internet. It is this that we need to tackle to fix the error.

It can be caused by misconfiguration, VPN software or DNS issues. Each of which is simple to address.

First:

  1. Reboot your computer and your router.
  2. Check your internet connection is up and running even if your browser is erroring.
  3. Check that you don’t have a software VPN active on the computer when you are trying to browse.

Once you have made those checks and you are still seeing ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED errors. Try to reset TCP/IP:

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type ‘netsh int ip reset’.
  3. Retest your connection using your internet browser.

How to fix ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED errors in Windows-2

Resetting TCP/IP usually does the trick. Windows then reloads the defaults for your network card and overwrites whatever misconfiguration it was causing the error. If that didn’t work, let’s check your DNS settings.

How to fix ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED errors in Windows-3

  1. Open Control Panel and navigate to Network and Internet.
  2. Navigate to Network and Sharing Center and select ‘Change adapter settings’ in the left pane.
  3. Right click your network adapter and select Properties.
  4. Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 and click the Properties button in the window.
  5. If ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically’ is selected click the other button, ‘Use the following DNS…’. Add 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as the servers. Click OK and retest. If you had DNS servers specified, change the setting to automatic, click OK and retest.

If the issue was with DNS then this should fix it. If you’re still seeing ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED errors in your browser, let us reset your network card completely. This will force Windows to reload the configuration altogether.

  1. Open Control Panel and navigate to Network and Internet.
  2. Navigate to Network and Sharing Center and select ‘Change adapter settings’ in the left pane.
  3. Right click your network adapter and select Disable. The icon should go gray and you will likely see a ‘lost network connection’ message. That’s fine.
  4. Right click your network adapter once more and select Enable. Let Windows load the configuration and retest.

In every case I have seen, completely resetting the network card has fixed the error. That’s not to say it won’t come back but at least you will know which method works best if it happens again!

Posted by Jamie on September 1, 2016

One thought on “Easy Fixes For ERR_NETWORK_CHANGED Errors in Windows”

Mike Lee says:
Hi Jamie,

Thanks for the solutions.

Yes, I think reboot the router is the first thing we should try.

Besides, try to clear the cache and cookies would help.

Avoid using any proxy or VPN when this error occur.

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