Tracert (Trace Route) is a command-line utility and this post introduces how to use tracert cmd to troubleshoot computer network problems. FYI, MiniTool software provides professional data recovery software, disk partition manager, system backup and restore software, and more.

Tracert, Traceroute or Trace Route, is a command-line tool that allows you to use a set of computer network diagnostic commands to troubleshoot TCP/IP problems. Tracert CMD can trace the path that an Internet Protocol (IP) packet takes to its destination.

Below you can check how to use Tracert utility commands to troubleshoot Windows network problems.

Tracert command is available in Command Prompt in Windows 10/8/7 and older Windows versions.

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Tracert Command Options

You can use different Trace Route command switches after tracert to conduct different network diagnostics on Windows 10.

To use Tracert command in CMD, you need to firstly enter into Command Prompt in Windows 10. You can press Windows + R, type CMD, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open elevated Command Prompt on your Windows 10 computer.

The Tracert command syntax is as follows: tracert -d -h maximum_hops -j host-list -w timeout target_host.

Below are popular traceroute command options.

  • tracert /? – the help switch of Tracert command. You can type this command in CMD to list Tracert command options with detailed help explanation.
  • – d – this option prevents Tracert utility to resolve IP address to hostnames. This can result in much faster results.
  • -h maximum_hops – specify the maximum number of hops in the search for the target.
  • -j host-list – specify loose source route along the host-list.
  • -w timeout – specify the time in milliseconds to allow each reply before timeout.
  • target_host – specify the name or IP address of the target host.
  • -4 – force Tracert CMD utility to use IPv4 only.
  • -6 – force Tracert CMD utility to use IPv6 only.

Windows tracert command

For example, you can type tracert in Command Prompt and press Enter to show the path from the local computer to the network device with the hostname

For more information and usage example of Tracert CMD utitlity, you can visit: How to Use TRACERT to Troubleshoot TCP/IP Problems in Windows.

There are several other network diagnostic CMD tools you can use to troubleshoot network problems on Windows 10.

For instance, you can use Winsock reset command to reset Winsock catalog and reset compter network adapter software to default settings.

Sometimes you may want to reset TCP/IP in Windows 10 with Netsh commands to fix internet connection problems.

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