How to Enable or Disable IPv6 in Windows 11 - Windows Basics


Friday, March 18, 2022

How to Enable or Disable IPv6 in Windows 11

This tutorial shows students and new users steps to disable or enable IPv6 when using Windows 11. IPv6 is enabled by default in Windows 11. If your environment has no need for IPv6 or simply want to disable it so that it doesn’t interfere with application settings, you can do so with few clicks.

IPv6 is the next generation Internet Protocol (IP) standard intended to eventually replace IPv4, which has fewer features and is limited in number when compared to IPv6. However IPv6 adoption in some areas is slow, for legacy systems, it’s completely not available.a

Some Windows users may encounter the IPv6 Connectivity, No network access error when attempting to connect to a network on Windows 11 or Windows 10 computer. In this post, we identify the potential triggers, as well as provide the most adequate solutions to remediate the issue.

How to disable IPv6 in Windows 11

By default, IPv6 is enabled and running in Windows 11. Both IPv4 and IPv6 are available and running both should be fine under any circumstances.

However, if you have a special situation where you need to disable IPv6 then follow the steps below.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From configuring the system to creating new users and updating Windows, it can all be done from its System Settings pane.

1. To enter System Settings, you can use the keyboard shortcut Windows Keys + I

2. The Windows Settings pane should look like the image below. In Windows Settings, click on Network & internet, select Advanced network settings on the right pane of the screen 

3. Now, choose More network adapter options which can be found under Related settings.

4. That will open the Windows Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapter settings pane. On the Network Connections pane, select a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Right-click the connection and then select Properties.

5. When the Properties settings pane opens, scroll down the list and uncheck the box for Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) as marked below. After unchecking the box, click OK to save your changes.

6. Now that your IPv6 has been disabled, please restart your computer for the changes to take effect.


How to disable IPv6 via PowerShell in Windows 11
1. Another way to disable IPv6 in Windows 11 is from the PowerShell console. To do that, click the Start button, then search for and select PowerShell. Right-click the Windows PowerShell application and select Run as administrator.
2. Once it opens, run the command below to show all network adapters on the system.
Get-NetAdapterBinding -ComponentID ms_tcpip6
3. Looking at the list, note the adapter names below the Name column.
4. Now to disable run below command using adapter name.
Disable-NetAdapterBinding -Name "Adapter Name" -ComponentID ms_tcpip6
5. Replace Adapter name in the command above with the adapter you want to disable IPv6.
If you want to disable IPv6 on all adapters just run the commands below:
Disable-NetAdapterBinding -Name "*" -ComponentID ms_tcpip6
How to enable IPv6 on Windows 11
If you change your mind after disabling IPv6 on your network adapter, you can enable it simply by repeating the steps above.
The PowerShell command to enable IPv6 is:
Enable-NetAdapterBinding -Name "*" -ComponentID ms_tcpip6
Should do!
This article has shown you how to disable or enable IPv6 when using Windows 11. If you find any of the above errors, please use the comment form below to report them.

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