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I have network sharing issues and I believe the problem is that I cannot turn on file/printer sharing. When I click the button under advance sharing settings for file/printer and hit save (as an admin) it just goes back to off.
Under Services, the Server option which is on automatic does not start. When I try to start it, it says:
Windows could not start the Server service on Local Computer. Error 1075: The dependency service does not exist or has been marked for deletion.
How can I fix this?

I have two HP Pavilion desktops runing Windows 7 and one HP Pavilion notebook using XP. I have set up HomeGroup on both desktops and downloaded the LLTD responder on the notebook. Both desktops have network discovery turned on and file and printer sharing turned on. The first desktop network map sees all three computers and can access all files of the laptop. It can access the public files and the external hard drives connected to the other desktop, but I get an error trying to access the C drive (need permission to access). The laptop cannot see the second desktop. I get a not accessible error message when I try to access the C drive of the first desktop. The second desktop network map shows all three computers, but nothing happens when clicking on either the first desktop or notebook icon. For now, I have uninstalled Norton Security Suite from the second desktop and the notebook. The first desktop has Norton Firewall turned on. Any clue as to why the second desktop will not access the other computers?

The Problem: Cannot access homegroup because I am told "Homegroup Password Incorrect."

Before anyone flames me, I have spent at least 10 hours over the last week trying to find why in the world I have such a stupid issue. Please only serious "helpful" responses. I am not a dumb$ss because I can absolutely follow directions, type a password correctly, and check settings. With that said, I have nowhere else to go. Please help me Moderators and other experienced members.

My computers:
1. Compaq Presario Desktop SR5500f series
Windows 7 Ultimate Japanese version
Connected to router directly with ethernet cable

2. NEC Japanese laptop with Windows 7 Starter Japanese version, connected to router via wireless

Linksys WRT54G V8 updated firmware last week
Windows Compatibility test shows 100% OK

What I've read: "Windows 7 is the EASIEST for setting up network sharing"

My Experience:
* First I could not create a homegroup from my Compaq. I read forums and updated Regedit and Services.msc. I was able to then create a homegroup.
My laptop was unable to even see the homegroup, so I spent more time updating various parts and was able to finally have the laptop see my created homegroup.

*Second, I tried this part at least 20 times with many passwords, many restarts, many settings verifications and changes all to no avail. When I enter the password on my laptop to join my created network, it says "Homegroup Password Incorrect." I am in the "Home" network, not Work or Public.

*Third, For Both Computers: I did the time update sync (with different services), I did the IPv6 checks, I restarted, I edited DisabledComponents in the Regedit, I edited Peer Group Networking and PNPG to all "start", i checked the network adapter properties and all was OK. I checked the advanced settings and turned ON network discovery and file sharing, 128 bit and 40 bit encryption, and tried both options dealing with passwords.

*Fourth, I've read nearly every post on this forum,,, and checked the search engines, Microsoft's website and have found a few others with the same problem but no actual answer to fix it.

So to recap:
I can create a homegroup from my windows ultimate desktop. I can access internet from my windows starter laptop and can see the homegroup but cannot join it because the password is ALWAYS incorrect. I can actually see my desktop's public folder only, if I look under the network itself, not the homegroup.

Please help me. I was a Mac person many years ago and switched to Windows and like it much better despite it being 10 times harder to use than mac. Now, I really don't care any more but I just want my laptop to be able to connect to my home desktop pc and I can't do it in Almighty Windows 7.

Thank you in advance.

This question is long and has been written about much in many strings in this and other forums. None have worked for me to date. I think that the issue may be that the provider of answers to these other similar questions seem to assume that the overall setup of the machine in question is in a virgin install state for all the settings. I have been trying to resolve this for several days and have made many changes in many places in an attempt to solve. I am hoping that by providing a very detailed question, someone can provide an overall answer and not just reference an article that gives general overviews. I am afraid that I may have other settings that now require adjusting because they might be different than initial settings. Thank you in advance.

GOAL: To share a password protected folder (and its sub folders) on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit PC with other PC’s on a home network. Those other PC’s consist of both Windows 7 & Vista PC’s. User on those other machines would be able to see the shared folder but not able to connect unless they provide a valid user name and password. My wife’s PC would need to be able to have a persistent connection to this shared folder. The other PC’s would only connect as needed for short periods of time. Bottom line is that no one can have access to the contents of this share without entering a specific user name and password. I have no homegroup set up because of the mix of Windows 7 & Vista PC’s. Each user of each PC has a different login.

Here is what I have done so far:
Computer Management- Shared FoldersSharesUsersUser Properties. Removed and then re-added Users. I did this because I found that anyone on my home network can see and access this PC’s Users folders and all sub folders. I put back users because when removed I could not “share” any sub folders under Users, which is where the desired folder is located….
Target Folder needing to be Shared from Explorer- C:Users”My Profile”My Documents”Folder to be shared”. Share with specific users. Added a user account created on the machine specifically to be used to log onto this share from other network PC’s.
Target Folder needing to be Shared from Explorer- Right clicked this folder properties Advanced Sharing Shared this folder. Have since changed back.
Network and Sharing Center- Change advanced sharing settings. The following are chosen: Turn on network discovery. Turn on file and print sharing. Turn off public folder sharing. Media streaming is off. Use 128-bit encryption. Turn on password protected sharing. Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computers.

I please need all these areas addressed to ensure I have not changed something in any of them that is causing failure. At this moment others on the network can see and freely access this PC’s “Users” folder and sub folder. The desired shared folder cannot be scene in network from any of the other home network PC’s.


Problem networking Desktop + Laptop
Problem: Desktop can access laptop. Laptop cannot access desktop. Whether both are hard wired into the router, or just the desktop is.

What I can do so far: Oddly enough, after going into the Network sharing center and turning off all PUBLIC sharing options, I was finally able to open Network and see my computer and open it up but once I get to the folders (Video which is a share, and Users which is a generic folder that shows up), I can only access "Users" which does not include my main admin user. Also, video share is set to security permissions for "Everyone" to do "Anything"

OS's: Windows 7 64bit Professional on both

Other things I've tried:

- Made sure TCP/IP was enabled and File Sharing was enabled.
- Went into Sharing center and set Home and Work settings to "Turn on Network Discovery", Turn on File and Printer Sharing, Turn off public folder sharing (I've tried on..), 128 bit encryption, turn on password protected sharing (also tried off).
- Even if I try computernamec$ I get a prompt for username and password but it does not work from laptop to desktop, only vice versa.

Next thing i'm thinking of trying is homegroups. Any other ideas?

UPDATE Wow.. this is so weird. Tried the homegroup thing and it wasn't working out. I left the homegroup, disabled homegroup services on both computers. Went into the home and work advanced sharing settings and set it to:

ON -> ON -> ON -> Streaming off -> 40-56 bit encryption -> OFF -> Use user accounts

for both computers. Now my laptop can access my desktop, but NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!?

It seems that no matter I do, I am unable to enable fire sharing for my home network. I follow the basic instructions:
CP->network and sharing-> advanced
and change the radio button.... but it changes back...

Dell Studio Desktop Computer
Windows 7 SP1
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
Netgear DG834 Modem/Router

I have a problem with my home network that I have been trying to solve for weeks. Hopefully someone will be able to help (thanks in advance).

Windows 7 reports that I have no network connection (see image) but I DO have a network connection and I can also surf the Internet. I can see and share files on a Compaq computer running Windows XP from my Dell computer and vice versa (albeit only the Dell’s public folder from the Compaq computer). I tried to share other folders but Windows informs me that I would need to change to a “Home and Work” profile and not a “Public” profile.

When I try to do so I am informed that I have no network connection but as I said before I clearly do have a connection. I then tried to fix the problem using the settings in the Network and Sharing Center but when I try to turn on network discovery for the Home and Work profile it does not “stick” but simply reverts back to the “Public” profile.

The Windows 7 network map also gives odd readings (see image). It shows the connection to my printer but states that it cannot map to my Compaq computer. Furthermore, it shows that I do not have a connection to the Internet – but I DO.

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Join Date Jul 2005 Age 30 Posts 3,761 Blog Entries63 Re: WIndows 7 Network Problem - Conflicting Information A suspect area would be DNS. Please go to Start -> Search -> cmd.exe

Launch Windows Command Prompt

Type: ipconfig /all

Please specify the DNS servers that come up.


DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . :

(You will need to scroll up in most cases)

What you want to do, is try switching to manual DNS.

To set your DNS servers manually, see:

Using Google Public DNS

I recommend this because sometimes your router will not pass along DNS information properly when DHCP is enabled and this issue appears. The answer is not to disable DHCP, but to override DNS with custom settings. In this case you could use Google's public DNS and determine if the problem still occurs. The DNS servers I have listed above are Google and OpenDNS, both of which are highly reliable and unlikely to cause difficulties. Please let me know if you find this to be a useful remedy to the issue.


When I click "open Network and Sharing Center", it says "The service to detect this status is disabled" and ask me if I want to Turn On the Network List Service. But this service is already started (automatic). Even if I press the "Turn this on" button, it does nothing else. Log On account for the service is "Local System". Firewalls are disabled. And it always worked before...

How can I fix this?

thanks for your time and help

Looking for some help on this question

I'm trying to use the "View full map" option in my Network & Sharing Center (Using Vista Home Premium SP1).

I only regularly have one other computer on my network, a wirless connecetd laptop running XP Home SP3.

When I click on View full map, I get the following error message

windows cannot start mapping on the adapter. Please make sure the adapter is connected and enabled
This is not exactlly the clearest error message and means nothing to me.

When I check on the Help screen it suggests the following possible causes

1 Public instead of private network

2 LLTD disabled

3 Network Discovery turned off

4 The device doesn't support the required protocols for Windows Vista. Check the information that came with the device to see if it has a Windows Vista logo. If the device has the logo, it should appear on the network map. The device or information that came with the device might also have information about the LLTD protocol or the network map.

1 and 2 do not apply, 3 appears to be the problem, and I do not understand 4

My Network Discovery Shows as Custom. When I expand the arrow, click on "Turn on network discovery" ancd accept it. nothing appears to happen, and it still shows as Custom, with the "Turn on" unticked.

Any suggestions as to what the prob might be would be welcome.

I have shared folders on my XP, 7, and 8 Machines. Homegroup is turned off, and disabled in services. I cannot see my entire Network on my Windows 8 machine, in Network and Sharing. Only the "Basic" network shows, and there is no option that I can see to view the entire Network. I had shortcuts set up on the desktop for shared folders on other computers on the 8 Machine, and had to reset the OS. It would not shut down. When I did, my shortcuts ceased to work. When I went to browse the network to reset my shortcuts, I found I can only see my "Basic" network. I cannot see the other computers on my Win 8 machine, and cannot see a way to view the entire network in the Network and Sharing Center. Sharing is turned on for everyone, everything is connected to the router properly, and the folders are still shared on the other computers. I HAD everything networked, with the proper folders shared across the network. Now I cannot see the entire network any more. What am I missing?

I have a network printer (OKI C3200n) running on my home network. I can print wirelessly through my two XP laptops, but I am unable to successfully print to this printer using my new laptop which is running Vista (HP Pavilion dv200).

I have configured the printer to connect via a local, TCP/IP port and the IP address for the printer is correct. I have the correct printer driver and the printer seems to install correctly. However when I attempt to print a test page I get an error in the printer dialog box.

My Vista machine can ping my printer and I am able to connect to the printer's web page via its IP address. I can simply not transmit print data. I have turned off all firewalls and defender to no avail. I also can sucessfully print when connected via USB just not via my network. I have spent hours on the phone with OKI and HP to no avail.

I would be grateful to anyone who can assist me. I am completely at a loss here.

Thanks in advance!

Here is my problem: whenever I turn on my computer, vista goes into a reboot loop. The computer restarts a few seconds after I get to the login screen (letting me enter in at least part of my password). The problem is not solved when I press the power button, which makes it impossible to turn the computer on. I tried booting into safe mode. The same thing happened. To clarify: this did not happen after an update and I have had this setup for years. Before this problem occurred, my computer was very slow and something seemed to be taking up all of the CPU resources. A scan with Trend Micro, Malwarebytes, and Spybot S&D turned up nothing, although I was not able to update any of them. ( confirmed that my network connection was good.) Decided to reboot and hope for the best. One more thing: when the computer was shutting down, I got numerous errors that said something along the lines of "STOP 0x00000007b". Am currently running Ubuntu on partition.

Anyone have a diagnosis?

I'm sorry for the long post, but as the title promises, I'm betting no one out there can solve my problem (and re-installing vista is not a "solution" by my definition). I wanted to give you every little detail so you can understand and appreciate the extent of my situation.

I purchased a Latitude D620 with the Dell WLAN 1390 mini-card. It shipped about a year ago with XP Pro (and has the "Windows Vista Capable" sticker).

I then upgraded to Vista Business. This was a clean install - from the disc with a complete repartitioning of the hard drive. All my drivers are 100% up to date.

The Problem

I started losing my wireless randomly, getting the red X over the wireless icon in the system tray. This happens at different wifi locations - it is not unique to one location. I'll just be surfing the net and suddenly things cannot load, and I see the wireless has a red X in the system tray. I may also leave my computer (with working wireless) just sitting there for 5-10 minutes doing nothing, then come back to find the wireless gone and the red X in the system tray. What is interesting is that when this happens, i can single-left-click and choose the "connect to a network" option. It pulls up the window and says "Windows cannot find any networks." This is strange because in many of the places this happens (like at home), there are easily 10+ different networks available. So it's not dropping just my one connection, it is saying it cannot find ANY network. This also happens at school where there are access points galore and the ten people next to me on their laptop's wifi have no problem. If I leave the Red X and try to run diagnostics or check the driver in the device manager - everything always comes back that it is working properly even though it cannot find any of the 10+networks in range.

My unacceptable workaround:

There is the hard switch on the left of the D620 to kill power to the wifi card. Turning this off then on does nothing. It turns off the Wifi LED on the D620 above the keyboard, and then turns it back on. The system tray red X does not change. Only three things resolve this problem: a restart, going into standby and coming back out, or disabling then enabling the network card via the device manager.

I then upgraded to Vista Ultimate. This was just an upgrade, no re-install or re-partitioning. Exact same problem. Sometimes I go two or three days without the problem, sometimes I have it happen 3 times in 5 minutes. it is VERY annoying. I'll just be surfing the web and click a link and get "page cannot be displayed." I look down at the system tray and suddenly notice the red X popped up.

Failed Fix #1

On the first three calls to Dell they have connected to my computer and tweaked various wireless settings. They always make sure drivers are up to date (and they are). I have tried using my laptop with Dell Quickset installed, and with Dell Quickset UNinstalled - doesn't change a thing. Have even tried uninstalling the "correct" dell driver and letting Vista handle the wireless card by itself - doesn't change a thing. I have tweaked my power settings to about every possible combination (and this happens both on battery and when plugged in). Nothing worked.

Failed Fix #2

After a third service call I was sent a NEW 1390 WLAN mini-card. Even that did not change a thing.

Failed Fix #3

After the fourth call my laptop was sent in to have both the wireless card replaced as well as the antenna. Again, this did not solve the problem.

Failed Fix #4

After calling Dell again to say the antenna fix didn't change a thing, I was given some vague comment about maybe having problems with WLAN 1390 and vista (which I think is not true). So... they 'upgrade' me for free and send a Dell WLAN 1490 card in the mail. I pop that guy in... problem still persists.

Blame Vista:

So, of course, Dell now says that it must be a Vista problem, as they have replaced all the hardware related to the wireless card. Their solution: do a clean re-installation of vista. I could do this, but it is a total pain to have to back everything up and then re-tweak all the various windows and program settings all over again. I'm in school, finals are coming up, then I have some trips (where I need my laptop working). I don't have a full day to spend backing everything up and then re-installing vista and then re-personalizing everything... not to mention downloading every program I use like Firefox and re-installing every program I use like Microsoft Office.

Some Final Thoughts:

So this problem is across Vista Business, and Vista Ultimate. The card has been replaced and upgraded. The antenna has been replaced. The software/driver/power combinations have been changed around to every possible combination. Absolutely nothing has resolved this. As such, I have been unable to isolate the problem.

The other problem is that I have not found a way to automatically replicate the problem. I have been dealing with this at an annoying rate for months because i'll try something (like changing some software or a driver or the card) and I have to wait to see if the problem will reappear. I can't just change something and then immediately check to see if it solved the problem. the problem may show itself later that day, or maybe not for 2 or 3 days... only at that point can I determine that the fix didn't work.

I am more knowledgeable about computers than your average joe and can assure you that I have made sure there are no viruses, etc. causing this problem. I might also add that this happens on both secure and unsecured networks.

I am at a total loss at this point and have no idea what to do. Anyone have ideas? Anyone think this is or is not Vista?

When I used the 7000 beta I was able to join our work domain after I turned on additional features. Now with the RC I cannot join my work domain. I have turned on every feature and still no go. I get this message:

Note: This information is intended for a network administrator. If you are not your network's administrator, notify the administrator that you received this information, which has been recorded in the file C:Windowsdebugdcdiag.txt.
The domain name "brklynpk" might be a NetBIOS domain name. If this is the case, verify that the domain name is properly registered with WINS.
If you are certain that the name is not a NetBIOS domain name, then the following information can help you troubleshoot your DNS configuration.
The following error occurred when DNS was queried for the service location (SRV) resource record used to locate an Active Directory Domain Controller (AD DC) for domain "brklynpk":
The error was: "DNS name does not exist."
(error code 0x0000232B RCODE_NAME_ERROR)
The query was for the SRV record for _ldap._tcp.dc._msdcs.brklynpk
Common causes of this error include the following:
- The DNS SRV records required to locate a AD DC for the domain are not registered in DNS. These records are registered with a DNS server automatically when a AD DC is added to a domain. They are updated by the AD DC at set intervals. This computer is configured to use DNS servers with the following IP addresses:
- One or more of the following zones do not include delegation to its child zone:
. (the root zone)

Any clues anyone?? I forgot to mention. I can ping the domain controllers by name so DNS should not be an issue.

I know that there are tons of sites about the problem with spoolsv.exe errors, but none of the people out there seemed to have the same situation as me...

For some time now, I've been encountering some strange behavior of my system.I use the standard Win7 wi-fi connection manager. When I launch the system, the wi-fi card gets connected to the router and I can browse the Internet. However, the icon of the manager shows the signal strength bars with a blue circle (the circle that indicates loading sth everywhere else in Windows) which usually tells me that it is still connecting to the network. The circle doesn't spin, it's just stuck. Clicking on the icon doesn't bring up the available network list, so it just doesn't respond.

Also, the system cannot play sounds. Well, it surely cannot play sound from the Internet, like Grooveshark or Youtube. Music on Grooveshark doesn't even start, Youtube videos go silent. Actually I haven't tested if it cannot play sth e.g. from iTunes, but one time when I wanted to restart the computer short after startup, it showed that explorer is not responding, with the task "playing the log out tune" currently being performed, so maybe the same thing with "offline" sounds...

Then, after some time (usually it's 10-20 minutes after the I turn on the computer) a notification window is shown telling me that a program needs my action and when I accept it, the message appears about C:WindowsSystem32spoolsv.exe experiencing a runtime error and requesting the Runtime to terminate it, or sth like this - so just the standard spoolsv.exe error message. And then... voila! The wi-fi icon shows just plain signal strtength bars and responds to my actions, and I can play sounds.

The information that I use a Lexmark X4975 wi-fi printer might be of some significance. I don't remember now exactly (and don't have any way to check it) but I'm nearly sure that the situation with the printer is quite similar - before the error I can't use it, and after - I can.

What might be the cause of all this and how to fix it? I just don't want to waste 20 min every time I turn the computer on...

EDIT !!!: Just now, I had another case of the problem, probably the largest in scale: as I turned my computer on, I couldn't run certain programs (iTunes, WMP, but also Windows Desktop Gadgets, Windows Anytime Upgrade and some other services from the Control Panel). However, I was able to listen to music over the Internet...Then after - again - sth like 20 minutes of work, the error popped up, and all the apps I launched before and that didn't actually open, appeared all at once!It certainly has sth to do with the spoolsv error, but there might be some other problems involved...This is no good, people.

I cannot access one of my computers from another computer which is on the same network. The main computer is not wireless and has all my junk on it that I want my laptop to be able to access (music etc which is all stored on an external hard drive hooked up to the PC)
When the PC is turned on, I can see it in my network on my laptop SOMETIMES. Sometimes it only shows up under media devices, where I can see all my music but none of it plays.
When I can see the PC under the network under Computers, when I click on it, it says it cannot communicate with it.
The PC has access to my laptop and my laptop shows up in the network, I can click on it, access it, etc. Just not vice versa.
Also, in sharing settings on the PC, when I turn on file and printer sharing and save changes, when I look at it again, it's off. It wont stay on. Network discovery + file and printer sharing are both turned on on the laptop.

Ok I have 3 Pc's running Win 7 Premium. A laptop, a gaming pc and a media center pc.

I have gone through each computer and shared my documents so i can move around video files/pictures/music to any pc from any pc, but for some reason I can't do it between all of the pc's. I can see the pc's I can see the shared drive but I can't access them. I think I can access any of the public folders on all pcs.

I have turned on the homegroup for all of them using the same password etc.

Looking firstly at my media center pc ( all going through my computer)

Homegroup shows, laptop and gaming pc.
network shows laptop, gaming pc, and media center pc

through the homegroup i can see and access my docs on both my laptop and my gaming pc.
through my network i can see and access my docs on both my laptop and my gaming pc..

so on my media center pc, i have full movement..

now my laptop's a different story...

in homegroup nothing shows up and it says no other homegroup pc is online..
in network i see all 3 pc's (laptop, gaming, media)

obviously in homegroup i can't see so i can't access via that route..

in network from laptop trying to access the gaming pc I can see the my doc folder that is shared, but when i go to click on it i get windows cannot acess error.. ( i just did this 30 seconds ago on the media center pc )

and I get the same problem when i try to access the media center my documents, i can see it, but when i go to click on it.. windows cannot access error.

now from my gaming pc

i can see the my docs and i can acces my docs on both the laptop and the media center, but when i try to go into any subfolder, it says needs access...

basically ONLY my media center pc can see and access the my docs on the other computers.

All folders are set up the exact same way with permissions in the same homegroup. I don't know what else to do.

I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. My laptop is an HP dv7t-2000. Everything worked fine until a windows update that I installed about a month ago. Basically every time I restart or shutdown my PC now, my ethernet, USB, and wireless adapter drivers will not load during startup or start. In device manager there are exclamation marks next to the network adapters and USB controllers. Each device has the cannot start code (10). If I uninstall the drivers or disable/enable them, they would automatically download from Microsoft and it would work correctly. It’s a huge hassle to constantly uninstall/enable the drivers every time I restart or turn on my PC. I’d prefer not to reformat as I’ve done it fairly recently. Any advice?
HP dv7t-2000
Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66 GHz)
4GB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
500GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (250GB x 2)
1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 4650


I have a MSI wind Notebook 100U (Realtek wireless card) that connects perfectly in my WEP home network. It also connects nice with others WEP networks and with most cabled network. I had installed Windows 7 three month ago. When it ran Windows XP I had no problems to connect with WPA and WPA2. But in my job, the Wireless network runs WPA or WPA2 with TKIP encryption and now I can't connect anymore. I found a lot of similar problems, but none of them brings me the solution. I follow the administrator instructions:

WAP2 - Enterprise; TKIP
Unchecked the Server certificate box under configurations.
Authentication methods: EAP-MSCHAP v2 and unchecked Windows username and password at the properties.

This configurations were reviewed by the administrators and are OK. He also tried the WPA - Enterprise and It didn't work too.

The message I received when I try to connect is "Unidentified Network" and I am not able to switch "local network" or access point among home, corporative and public networks. I have no access to the internet and no IP (just APIPA on "ipconfig /all").

The administrator of the network is not dealing properly with this problems and a lot of Windows 7 users and some Windows vista users are facing the same problem than mine. Interesting is that some Windows 7 and vista users are connecting without problems. The XP computers and Iphone are working fine.

I have tried:

Updated my wireless card drivers.
Disabled the IPv6.
TCP/IP IPv4 is enabled.
Network discovery is turned on.
Printer and files sharing is enabled.
Turned of all firewals (including the Windows one) and antivirus and antispywares.
The Windows solution to vista problem I have tried on 7: DhcpConnEnableBcastFlagToggle on regedit (Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain non-Microsoft DHCP servers)
On"services.msc", the DHCP client is started (but the logon is running on "this account" not in "local system account" because when I tried to put in this option my home network crushed).
I didn't find Bonjour service in my computer. I didn’t install Itunes or other MAC programs.
I also tested an USB Wireless card, without success. Therefore I think this is a Windows 7 bug.

Some of the solutions will suggest to manually configure the DNS, IP number... But it is impossible to me argue with the wireless administrator in doing that. He explained to me a lot of reasons (that I didn't understand) why I cannot put an IP number manually.

It is not my intent to be abrupt or discourteous. I apologize you for my English because I'm not an English expert. I hope you found the solutions. Thanks.

Hi, everyone,

I am having some issues with Win7 Starter on my ASUS EEE PC being able to carry out network discovery on my home network.

When I go to Network, the status bar across the top fills veeeerrrry slowly. Also,the computer cannot readily identify other computers on my home network. It can always find itself, and that's about all I can count on. Sometimes my printer appears, sometimes it does not. Most of the time, my router doesn't actually appear, even though the computer must be connected to it, since I can access the internet. Also, sometimes a strange router I do not recognize appears. It could be a neighbor's, but that's unlikely — I'm in a rural area, so the nearest neighbor is some way off.

Most importantly, I have an NAS share drive mounted to my router. I cannot see it, nor can I connect to it by manually entering either the sharename or the IP address.

I do not think that this is an issue with network configuration at the router. My wife's almost identical netbook runs through the network discovery process quickly and successfully finds everything. She can see and access the NAS share without having to first map to it — it just appears in the sidebar on her Network.

I don't think that this is a hardware issue with my netbook, either. It is dual boot, and the Ubuntu Linux boot can connect to the NAS share just fine. Also, if I try to view the NAS share via http in Win7, I can see it.

Does anyone have any ideas that can help me troubleshoot this?

Thanks!Both netbooks are: ASUS EEE PC 1001P running Win7 Starter.
My router is a Netgear WNR3500L, running the factory firmware.
The NAS share is just a 2 GB USB drive, formatted with FAT32.

My PC is connected to the network using the Home profile. Network discovery, file/printer sharing, Public folder sharing, 128 bit encryption, and password protected sharing are all turned on in this profile. Media streaming is off. The settings on my wife's netbook (which is working) are identical.

My computer is set to the same workgroup that I set the share to on the router. My wife's, which can see the share, is not; it is still in the default "WORKGROUP" workgroup. I tried setting my PC back to that, but it did not help.

Both Win7 machines (the one having problems and the one that isn't) are running Avast antivirus and ZoneAlarm firewall. Windows firewall is turned off on both.

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