Microsoft Windows – Ping reply with IPv6 address, not IPv4

Release date: April 30th 2019

Welcome to my Microsoft Tips & Tricks section. Every so often I run into small annoyances, that can easily be remediated. One of these are: Getting IPv6 replies when trying to ping a host in same subnet/vlan. In this session I will describe how I easily fixed this with two commands.

First, when I try to ping two hosts, I get the IPv6 reply below



By running these two commands, my IPv4 replies are back:

“netsh interface ipv6 set prefix ::/96 60 3”

“netsh interface ipv6 set prefix ::ffff:0:0/96 55 4”



I know this isn’t earth-shaking and ground-breaking stuff, but nice to know. I also know there are other ways of achieving this, but this is very simple, and I like simple.


Big thanks to:

The IT Bros’ post “Ping returns IPv6 Address, ping IPv4?


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