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Weird Network Failure When Windows XP Stands By

Sometimes when I hibernate or standby my windows XP box, starting it back up causes network failure. Websites couldn’t be found, ping failed, and ssh couldn’t go anywhere.

I was perplexed for a while, as restarting the wireless connection didn’t fix the problem. You actually had to restart the entire computer.

A few weeks ago I dug into the problem and realized the issue was the dns service.

To fix, just restart the dns service from a cmd window (as an administrator) like so:

net stop dnscache

net start dnscache

You should be good to go.


3 thoughts on “Weird Network Failure When Windows XP Stands By

  1. Bill McIntyre says:


    That’s brilliant. I’ve been plagued by this in a wifi-enabled laptop for ages, and thought it was simply my lot in life to forever reboot after standby.

    Many thanks sir.


  2. moore says:

    Bill, glad to be of help.

  3. Johnson says:

    Wow, thanks a ton for that. I’ve been suffering with this for some time now. Stupid microsoft, bad design.

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