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Monday, November 21, 2011

Clear, Refresh, View ARP Cache Entry

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ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) is the standard method for finding a host’s hardware address when only its network layer address is known. In other word, in IPv4 and Ethernet network environment, Windows operating system uses ARP to translate IP addresses to Ethernet MAC addresses. However, Microsoft Windows ARP cache will occasionally become corrupt and need to be cleared and deleted so that the cache can be refreshed. When you haven’t problem connecting to Internet where connections to websites or web pages will time out or fail, and unable to surf or browse the Internet pages, the error may because also of ARP cache corruption, other than TCP/IP corruption orWinsock error.
To confirm that it’s indeed an ARP issue, try to ping both the loopback address ( and the local computer’s IP address. Then try to any other IP addresses such as those of or If you can ping to local IP address and loopback address, but not any other IP addresses, then this is the typical symptom of ARP cache failure.
The Microsoft Windows ARP cache occasionally becomes corrupt and must be cleared.
Another reason is the DOS Denial of service Attack directed to ARB cash memory
When the ARP cache needs clearing, the connections to web pages time out and fail.
If someone troubleshoots further, he/she can ‘ping’ the IP address and, but not the other IP addresses.

Clearing the ARP Cache
Use the NetShell (netsh) command to clear, delete or refresh the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) cache by following the following steps.

  1. Click on Start button.
  2. Click on Run command and type Cmd into the Run text box, and then press Enter. For Windows 7,Vista, type Cmd in Start Search, and then press Ctrl-Shift-Enter keyboard shortcut to force Administrator privileges. Enter Administrator user ID and password and allow any permission request when prompted.
  3. In the Command Prompt window, type the following command then press Enter.
    netsh interface ip delete arpcache
    Copy/Past to cmd
The command works in Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP and Windows 2003.
and be sure the ur system response is Ok.

Viewing the ARP Cache

To view the ARP cache, use the `arp` command:
C:>arp -a  Interface: --- 0x10004  Internet Address Physical Address Type 00-0f-66-37-22-32 dynamic
If Clearing the ARP Cache Fails
clear arp cache How to Clear the ARP Cache
Occasionally, clearing the ARP cache will fail due to a bug in Microsoft Windows.
If the user tries to use Microsoft Windows to repair the network connection, he/she will receive an error message that says:
Windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following operation could not be completed:
Clearing the ARP cache
For assistance, contact the person who manages your network
This bug occurs when Routing and Remote Services is enabled. Routing and Remote Services is almost unnecessary and can be turned off unless it is being used.
To disable Routing and Remote Services:
  • Click the Start button
  • Click the Control Panel button
  • Switch to “Classic View” if in “Category View”
  • Click Administrative Tools
  • Click Computer Management
  • Double click Services and Applications
  • Double click Services
  • Scroll down to Routing and Remote Services
  • Double click Routing and Remote Services
  • Examine the “Startup Type”
  • The options are “Automatic,” “Manual,” and “Disabled”
  • Set the “Startup Type” to “Disabled”
  • Examine the “Service status”
  • Make sure that the service status is Stopped. If it is not Stopped, click the Stop button
  • Click the OK button
Now, try clearing the ARP cache again and it should clear without any error messages.

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