Thank god for DomokunOo ..!! I have been grappling with a vista home
network for what seems like days now and dealing with office
upgrade/un-install issues. Simple you would have thought, I have 2-4
systems at home, the 1500 page Vista Resource Kit book, over 20 years of
applications & os experience, and billions of pages of internet forums
to wade through, but the windows vista home network ground me to a halt.
Having been messing around with office & MSI crap for days on my wife's
machine (which is only a few feet away from my desk and for which each
of the 100 or so install attempts needs half an hour + 15 mins for a
reboot) , I really needed to get remote desktop working. I did, a few
days ago. BUT the network connection to that machine (including remote
desktop an file sharing) would come and go. In between the uncountable
"interludes" I had while office was either uninstalling, reinstalling or
doing god-knows what, I was trying to get the network maps (network &
sharing centre -> view full map) to work correctly. On the wife's
machine, the same network was coming up twice, one managed and
identified (the general view on the web seems to be that these "managed"
networks in vista cannot actually be managed from anywhere) and the
other unidentified and unmanaged. What a shambles !! Anyhow, as soon as
I saw DomokunOo's post (while waiting for another reboot and thinking of
throwing the whole lot into the river below my balcony and becoming a
farmer), I checked my tcp/ipv4 settings on the machine and yes, it was
correctly set (ie to automatically obtain all settings) but had the
default gateway entry filled in but greyed out of course. As soon as I
cleared this entry and restarted the Network interface, guess what ? I
was left with one managed and identified network in the map. Wow..... My
remote desktop connection still doesnt work but outlook 2003 fixed and
I'm getting there.
I guess vista SP2 will solve these issues (and introduce another 2000)
but looks like Windows 2008 is going to be the grown up version of
Thanks anyway, this thread solved one issue which was driving me nuts !
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