This particular problem has been plagueing me since purchasing a new
computer with VISTA about 2 months ago.
I've spent hours trying to find a fix.
Today, I learned something that may have been causing it...but first to
When I first lost internet access about a month or so ago, I tried
everything and searched everywhere on the net. I knew it wasn't a
hardware/router/ISP issue as I could plug my windows xp laptop into the
very same patch cable and immediately get access; it must be some sort
of switch, so to speak, within windows Vista.
I recall when I finally got the access back, it was right after windows
performed an automatic update. I thought it so strange - how could
windows perform an update if it couldn't access the internet in the
Well, I went along fat dumb and happy until I lost access again
today....ready to blame the family for something they did on the
computer, I decided instead to go into computer doctor mode.
I think I got lucky. After going through trying different modes of
connectivity, futzing around with various network settings, I was ready
to throw in the towel; this time, while shutting down (rather than a
reboot), I happened to notice that as I brought the cursor over the
"turn off" computer icon in the start bar, or whatever it's called,
that it was a different color. I held it over that icon (the one that
looks like a circle with a line pointing towards 12 oclock), and saw
that it had a message to "install updates and shutdown".
I selected that.
I wasn't confident that installation would take place, but it went
through 8 updates, and then shutdown.
I restarted the computer, and internet access was back.
I checked my "install automatic updates" setting, and saw that it was
set to install them at 3:00 am EST....a time the computer is usually
Could MS have programmed a setting in internet connectivity that
prevents internet access without the latest updates? I suppose so - it
may be their good intentions to make sure the computer user doesn't lose
control of their computer for whatever the latest hack can do, until
they install such updates.
But, wouldn't it be nice if they made the users aware of this?
Anyway, I'm not 100% certain that this was the cause, but I've resent
the automatic update option for a mid-day time; and will pay more
attention in the future. Still, a 2 for 2 cause suggests that this was
driving this particular problem.
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