This wikiHow teaches you how to temporarily turn off your Windows computer’s Internet connection.

Method1

EditUsing Command Prompt (Windows Vista through 10)

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    Open the Start menu. To do so, you can either click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen, or you can press your computer’s  Win key. The Start menu will load with your mouse cursor in the “Search” field.
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    Type in cmd. This will bring up the Command Prompt icon, which resembles a black box.
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    Right-click the “Command Prompt” icon. It’s at the top of the Start search window. Doing this will invoke a drop-down menu.
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    Click Run as administrator. This option will allow you to make substantial changes to your computer’s settings from Command Prompt, including turning off the Internet for your device.
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    Click Yes when prompted. After doing so, Command Prompt will open with your mouse cursor loaded inside of it.
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    Type in ipconfig /release. This command prevents your computer’s Wi-Fi receiver from connecting to the Internet.
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    Press  Enter. Doing so will run your command, thus disabling your Internet connection.

    • If you want to re-enable your connection, type ipconfig /renew into Command Prompt and press  Enter.

Method2

EditUsing Command Prompt (Windows XP)

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    Click Start. It’s the green button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Doing so will open the Start menu.

    • If your computer has a  Win key in the keyboard, you can press it to open the Start menu.
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    Click Run. This option is on the right side of the Start menu’s window; it resembles a speeding envelope. Clicking this will open the Run application.
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    Type in cmd. You’ll do this in the Run window’s text field.
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    Click OK. Doing so will run your command, which opens the Windows Command Prompt program.
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    Type in ipconfig /release. This command prevents your computer’s Wi-Fi receiver from connecting to the Internet.
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    Press  Enter. Doing so will run your command, thus disabling your Internet connection.

    • If you want to re-enable your connection, type ipconfig /renew into Command Prompt and press  Enter.

CommEditTips

  • If your computer is reliant on an Ethernet connection, you can simply unplug the Ethernet cable from your computer to disable Internet.
  • On Windows 8 and 10, you can press  Win+X to bring up a quick-access Start menu, and then click Command Prompt (Admin) to open Command Prompt in administrator mode.
  • You can typically find a wireless network icon in the group of options that live on the left side of the taskbar. If you right-click (or click in Windows 8 and 10) this icon, you can then click a “Disable” button (on Windows 10, you just click Wi-Fi).
  • Most Windows Vista and up computers have a Wi-Fi key in one of the top rows of the keyboard. Simply pressing this will disable your computer’s Wi-Fi until you press it again.