Enable or Disable Soft Disconnect from a Network in Windows 10

Windows 10 is the latest offering from Microsoft, and surprisingly it hosts a lot of features that will take days to explore. So one of the highlights among them we have crossed paths with is its “Soft Disconnect” feature. If you don’t know about this Soft-Disconnect or are willing to know about how to disable or enable this, you’re in the right place. This is because some of the users have reported that they find this thing disturbing their experience. So here we are with your solution. We will discuss how to disable and enable it in two sections. First, how to disable it and the second how to enable the same. So let’s get started.

What is Soft Disconnect from a Network in Windows 10?

When Windows feels that the computer is no longer using the Network, then it decides to disconnect it, and thus, it gets disconnected from the Network. In simple terms, this is Soft Disconnect. If you want to go for deep understanding, follow the below points to understand its working.

  1. When the Windows decides that the Network should no longer need to be connected, it informs the Transmission Control Protocol.
  2. This information sent to the TCP then generates an interruption.
  3. Then the interruption generated lasts for approx 30 seconds.
  4. Finally, the Network gets disconnected.

This was the Soft Disconnect algorithm works. Now continue to Disable this thing.

Disable and Enable Soft Disconnect from a Network in Windows 10

We will discuss how to Disable and Enable Soft Disconnect together because all the steps are similar, just changing the command to enable or to disable with a press of a key. We will be using the Group Policy Editor and the Registry Editor to do the same.

Using Group Policy Editor

We will now see how to enable or disable Soft Disconnect using the Group Policy Editor. Follow the steps below to continue.

  1. Press the Windows+R button together, a run dialogue box opens.
  2. In the Run dialogue box, type “gpedit.msc” then press enter.
  3. In the Group Policy Editor window, go this location Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Network\Windows Connection Manager
  4. Now on the right-side panel, you will see “Enable this computer to Soft Disconnect from a network” double click on that.
  5. Then select Disable to disable it.
  6. Or click on Enable to enable this feature. By default, it will say “Not Configured” it means it is enabled.

Now you will be either enable this feature or disable it as per your choice. Move on the next section to enable or disable Soft Disconnect using the Registry Editor.

Using Registry Editor

We will now see how to enable and disable Soft Disconnect using Registry Editor. To do this, follow the steps below.

  1. Press the Windows+R button together, a run dialogue box opens.
  2. In the Run dialogue box, type “regedit” then press the enter key. when a prompt appears, click on Yes
  3. Then paste this on the top address bar: COMPUTER\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WcmSvc\GroupPolicy
  4. Here click on new, then select 32-bit DWORD value and create a value named”fSoftDisconnectConnections.”
  5. Now set the values accordingly. [1=Enable Soft Disconnect] [0=Disable Soft Disconnect], or if you delete the value system will take in default values.
  6. Now exit and restart your computer.

You can also delete the newly created value if you want to revert the changes and go with system defaults.


Once you go through our guide carefully, then you will be able to disable and enable the Soft Disconnect feature. We would like you to add that this feature is enabled by default, and if you want to allow it, you do not need to do so. We hope our guide was helpful to you. If you feel the same, leave a comment, queries, or feedback down below, with your Name and E-mail ID. Likewise, check out our iPhone Tips and TricksPC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Tricks for more such tips and tricks. Thank You.

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