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Most motels and hotels offer WiFi through an unsecured network connection. On my Win 7 Ultimate this shows up as a Public Network (as opposed to Work or Home) and shows up as "Connected" but with no Internet connection. About half the time, a window pops up automatically to change this. When I choose Work, I connect to the Internet. The rest of the time that window never shows and I can't get it even clicking on every choice in Network Settings. This Public network will not connect to the Interent even with Windows Firewall turned completely off. This was never a problem with XP (different laptop) or Vista (same laptop but Yuccky OS).

Anyone know how to fix this. The motels usually have a tech support number listed which never answers.

Trying to help a friend with a local network issue. He has Internet connectivity through RoadRunner (Time Warner Cable). The cable modem is connected to a router, D-Link I think. And to that router are connected a printer and 2 PCs. Also from that router is a cable to a second router (MaxTech, I think) in a second building about 100 feet away. To the second router are connected a PC and a Wireless Access Point. My confusion is with the second router. The PC and the WAP work perfectly fine and have for over a year with no issues. Today I tried to connect a second PC and from what I see Windows XP tells me that I have a network connection to the router (router #2); port LED is illuminated. But I can't see any further or get the second PC to access the Internet. I'm by far not a network guru but can usually muddle my way through but this one has me stumped. Any suggestions? Thanks.


Wondering if anyone can help with this. I have a HomePNA network set up at home (uses USB connections to D-Link and Netgear PNA boxes that goes through telephone wiring). Everything works fine, with my XP Home PC connected to the Internet (AT&T cable), using ICS and connecting to 2 other Win 98SE machines.

The problem I'm now having is I want to be able to also connect a new laptop to the home network when I bring it home from work. The laptop is running Win 2000 Pro. The home network PC's are assigned to a workgroup (called mshome), but the laptop is normally connected to a domain at work. If I reconfigure the laptop to assign it the workgroup at home, then it's a real pain to get it back on the domain when I get back to work (I don't have access rights to reassign myself and a network admin has to do it for me each time). Without changing to the workgroup, I was actually able to still get the PC's to see each other, but I can't get the ICS to work on the laptop. The internet connection is there -- I can tell because I can ping sites from the laptop if I use their addresses (e.g., ping which is I can't ping directly though, just it's address. In Internet Explorer, I can't access any web site (either by their address or their URL). Seems the problem is in the DNS settings, but I've tried setting it to my primary PC at (which works with my other PC's), and also to the attbi settings from the primary PC. So far, no luck.

Any suggestions?

Sorry for the cross posting but don't know how to move thread from hardware.

This one has been bugging me for many months and all Internet searches come up empty. Not that others aren't having similar issues, but no solution has been found.

I'm running Windows 7 Pro, AMD Athlon II X4, 4 GB RAM, and a motherboard-integral RealTek PCIe GBE Family Controller NIC. Even though I do have LAN and Internet access, all indicators say otherwise. The network icon in the task tray has the yellow triangle with an exclamation point indicating no connection. Left clicking on the icon shows "Not connected. No connections are available." Opening Network Sharing Center says "You are currently not connected to any networks." Clicking on Connect To a Network says the same thing as above when clicking on the network icon in the task tray. I am unable to see the network map to do any problem solving.

Aside from the fact that I'm of a type where everything will be working properly on my computer, I am having issues with network consistency regarding downloads and uploads, but am unable to do any troubleshooting. I have done most every conceivable scan for malware with no indication that I have nasty stuff on the computer.

Of note, this problem showed up first when I was living in NY and FiOS was the ISP, and having moved to Florida, is still present with Comcast as the ISP.

So, at this time all I can do is call out, help! Does anyone have insight to this problem?

I have had two Yahoo mail addresses for several years, and have always downloaded incoming mail using POP3 to Outlook (originally OL 2003, for the last year or so, OL 2010). This has been working successfully all this time (until recently). I have read comments that Yahoo does not support POP3, but I understand that this only applies to certain countries for some reason (notably USA). In any case, it works fine in my country (Australia). In troubleshooting this problem, I have revisited the Yahoo mail options and it is still there and still set up under "POP & Forwarding".

So, the problem: a couple of weeks ago, I started getting pop-up messages from Outlook prompting for User Name and Password (both of which fields were already populated with the correct information). This suggests to me that Outlook failed to login to the Yahoo POP3 mail server. It happens with both my Yahoo email addresses, but not with other addresses that I have with Gmail and my ISP.

Searching through the Lounge to see if this problem has been reported before, I found only one which was similar
( The solution given there is not applicable to me (upgrade to paid service).

In my case, the problem is not that I cannot connect at all, just that the failure to connect is intermittent. Currently, I have Outlook set to check the servers every 30 minutes. In the last 2-3 weeks, more often than not, the Yahoo connection fails on one or both of my Yahoo accounts with the resulting pop-up described above. However, sometimes it gets through OK. One impact is that I may have to wait a few hours to get my mail downloaded. Another is that every half hour I get the pop-up suddenly displaying on top of the window I am working on at the time (VERY annoying after a while!).

At first I thought it might be an internet problem, but I am not having any other network problems -- even the Yahoo SMTP server connects every time when I am sending email. I have pinged the POP3 server a number of times: it always responds normally. Accessing my accounts via webmail also works OK.

I was about to add that I seem to have gotten a reprieve today, with no occurrences of the problem. But then I had the dreaded pop-up appear while typing this post.

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone has seen this before and, better yet, has an answer to what is happening, hopefully also a solution! I am thinking of changing over to Gmail as my primary address, but that would be a major project as my Yahoo addresses are in use by too many people and subscriptions.

Forwarding, rather than POPping is another alternative, but that has problems as well (which I may save for a separate thread).

Thanks for any help.


PS: Operating system is Windows 7 Pro (x64)

I recently replaced one of my home computers. Both run Windows 7 Home Premium and are hard-wired to a router. A printer is also connected to the router and used by both computers. The router also connects to an Internet modem. First, I configured both machines with a homegroup, but I was annoyed by the fact that you cannot share a whole disk drive over a homegroup network. I then also configures a workgroup on both computers, and set up sharing on several disk partitions on both machines.

One computer (called Laptop) can see the whole network and I can access all shared disk partitions on the other (called Desktop, which is the new one). However, Desktop can see only itself and the printer on the network and therefore Desktop cannot access the files on Laptop.

Desktop uses Norton Internet Security (came with the new machine for 60 days free), Laptop uses Norton 360. Internet access works correctly from both machines. Both machines are single-user with administrator privileges, and all permissions have been granted for the shared partitions.

Can it be that one of the necessary services is not running on one of the two machines? Or what else can be wrong? I have used the Microsoft Network Diagnostic/Troubleshooter to no avail.

Thanks for any tips.

I was having some wi-fi issues with my ZyXel X-550 Xtreme MIMO router (I have about 10 devices in the house now trying to access the wi-fi), so I installed a new Medialink Wireless-N (150) router that I had purchased a couple months ago. I followed all of the install directions for the router meticulously, but when I started everything up, I had no internet connection on the Windows 7 desktop PC connected to the router (wired connection). I tried accessing the router directly through my browser and still nothing. I was, however, able to connect just fine with wi-fi and complete the router setup. I then tested a wired connection to the router from my network, and that worked fine. I tested all of my ethernet cables and verified that those don't seem to be an issue. As I poked around further on the desktop, I noticed that my network settings showed "Unidentified Network". I tried disabling my Windows firewall, but that did nothing. A Medialink rep had me check Device Manager, but when I go there, the window is completely blank. There are NO devices at all listed. The Medialink rep then said there was nothing further she could do aside from recommending I run CCleaner to clean up the registry. I did that, rebooted, but still no network nor devices listed under Device Manager.

Note that 30 minutes before swapping the routers, everything on my desktop PC, including the internet connection, was working just fine.

I'm desperate to get my desktop reconnected. Any ideas on what to do?

I'm hoping someone here can help with this problem, since I can't find an answer anywhere else.

I've got a small home network with 2 PCs, two laptops, and two printers attached and for the most part, everything was very easy to get running. The machines run the range of XP, Vista, and Windows 7, and both printers are hard wired into the network - no wireless.

After weeks of struggling with my daughters laptop, which had become infected with all sorts of malware, we did a brute force, original disk recovery on her machine to fresh-from-factory condition. Vista found the network and all the devices connected to it, but seems unable to use the printers at all. When I go to the network map, it shows itself, the router, and the Internet connections, but at the bottom of the window, it shows the other computers and printers on the network with the caption saying that these devices are on the network but cannot be added to the map (giving no reason why). I can install the drivers and software for the printers, but none can print a test page or print a page of text, even though the correct IP addresses appear and the machine's Web page can be accessed.

Any ideas how to get access to these networked printers? What might be blocking their access?


In a fast paced world, three years after Windows 7, Microsoft’s upcoming successor OS, Windows 8 remains a hard sell. Does that mean it is not worthy of the buzz and hype?

Browse a tech magazine lately? Check out a news site about technology? Chances are, you will read something about Windows 8. Just two weeks ago, Microsoft released the Consumer Preview for Windows 8. It hasn’t even hit store shelves yet, and people are already complaining. This is nothing new in tech circles: Everyone is resistant to change. Sometimes, that resistance to change can be helpful, and even good feedback for developers. Other times, it can result in a shouting match that just remains unwinnable. But like many things, thinking in absolutes is often deconstructive, and seldom objective. Business men and women will judge Windows 8 with business acumen; savoring each bit of financial data and sales indicators to prove a point about the new system. Decision-makers in IT circles will look at security and reliability before weighing in with a more structured cost-benefit analysis that deals in infrastructure. Home users are likely to place more value on aesthetics, performance, and ease-of-use as major factors in the upgrade model.

It is the middle of the month: March 15, 2012 to be precise. It is hard to believe that already three years have gone by since the release of Windows 7. Many IT business people, including server administrators, are just starting to become acclimated with the Windows 7 client environment, its off-shoot productivity software, and the Windows Server 2008 family of products, including Windows Server 2008 R2. In one worldview, short and steady wins the race. While more tech savvy companies clearly saw the benefit of migrating quickly upon release, many SMBs, mid-range companies, and home users remain in a Windows XP limbo – either due to the economic mess that most of the world is dealing with, budgetary constraints, or simply a lack of knowledge about how to port all of their important data over to a Windows 7-based network. But as time has gone on, these groups are a minority, for as much as is known. While much of the third world may still be using Windows XP, and even older systems, it is difficult for that data to be chomped up and read by skeptics and true-believers. In agrarian, rural, and largely undeveloped lands, Internet access still remains a commodity that is seldom traded, and where mobile phone companies continue to make inroads.

Back here in the west, the difference is noticeable in how a company conducts its business, especially when you walk into one running Windows XP and Server 2003. It is not uncommon to see pending Windows Updates on every workstation, versus an up-to-date Windows 7 network. If the IT tasks are outsourced, how that time is spent, and for what purpose, will likely face scrutiny and prioritization. For instance, the administration of an important database may take precedence over the application of client operating system updates. Many system administrators may simply ignore, or be unaware of, the capability of domain controllers and file servers to push out updates across the internal network using WSUS. In many offices, however, you will be likely to find a hybrid network. With a lack of EOL policy and strategy, many businesses end up with certain departments stuck between Windows XP and Windows 7, and that difference takes place when they purchase new hardware – not due to a timetable, but out of necessity. A hybrid network of these systems is not exactly the best medicine for either a business or group of home users who rely on their Windows computer systems day-to-day activities, but it may be better than nothing.

A Trip to Seattle: Home to 90’s Alternative Music, Starbucks Coffee, and Microsoft
On April 1, 2011, I received the Microsoft MVP award for Windows Expert – Consumer. It was a real treat to know that Microsoft had recognized my contributions in the form of setting up forum websites and participating in them. I was certainly very thankful for the award, and presumably happy to know that I could continue to do what I do best, as that is why I received it. I wasn’t the first to be recognized by Microsoft for my contributions to my own website: Ross Cameron (handle: kemical) became one of our first Microsoft MVP’s. One of our former members, Greg (handle: cybercore), had contributed thousands of helpful posts on and was nominated. As time went by, we were fortunate enough to see other MVP’s join our website, including Shyam (handle: Captain Jack), Pat Cooke (handle: patcooke), Bill Bright (handle: Digerati), and Ken Johnston (handle: zigzag3143). These people are experts in their field and genuinely reflect an attitude of altruism towards people. Such traits are hard to find, especially over the Internet, and in a field that is driven by individual competitiveness that forces group cohesion as a necessity. I started communicating with one MVP as a result of a disagreement, but have since gained an enormous amount of respect for her: Corrine Chorney, the owner of SecurityGarden. When I made a video that contained an error or two, about ESET Smart Security, I was suddenly contacted by a fellow MVP: Aryeh Goretsky. These types of people live and breathe technology, and thus, even having a brief e-mail exchange can be a breath of fresh air. It becomes recognizable and clear to me that Microsoft’s selection process and choices for those who receive this award is hardly based on pure number crunching, but on gauging a person’s enthusiasm and demonstrated expertise in a field. Understanding how that translates to a much broader audience is compelling. To me, this is a good thing, as it shows that even one of the world’s most successful corporations, in this case Microsoft, perhaps in one of the few acts of selflessness that one could expect from a multi-national corporation, finds customers who have made a mark in information technology and celebrates that. I become hopeful that they recognize the countless others who make contributions on a day-to-day basis. With half a dozen certifications under my belt, and nearly a decade and a half of experience, I am but one person. And for every Microsoft MVP I have met, their dialogue always translated into real energy and enthusiasm. How many countless others have not received an award, or merit, for helping someone “fix their box”? I suspect that number is in the millions. This in no way belittles the award, because to me, such an award really is about helping others.

Often times helping others is giving someone your opinion: even if your opinion runs contrary to running a system consisting purely of Microsoft software. One example is Windows Live: I have a fundamental disagreement about how I chose to use Windows Live, and whether or not I want Windows Live Services embedded into my operating system experience: something that home users with Microsoft-connected accounts will notice almost immediately upon starting the OS. I do not, in any way, undervalue the development of these services, or their potential market value to consumers. I simply have a difference of opinion. And this should no way diminish someone’s ability to receive an award. I am not an employee or pitch man for Microsoft products, but someone who conveys his own thoughts and expertise in that area. To me, the award would have little value if I was expected to tout the benefits of using Microsoft Security Essentials over a paid anti-malware suite. I think that even the developers of the software themselves would take exception to misinformation. And to Microsoft’s credit, they have asked me nothing of the sort. To me, that is a fundamental sign of an award that encourages community participation and expertise in a given area of technology, from a company that is now expected to set standards on the world stage.

Not everyone made it to this summit: For many of them Redmond, WA is far, far away. For me, living in New York, that also rings true. But it sure are the people who make it worthwhile – even when you’ve never met them in person, the way they behave and conduct themselves, towards you, speaks volumes. And so I’ve learned a lot from every Microsoft MVP that I have met – both online and off; in a five minute conversation, or a fifteen hundred word e-mail.

During the Microsoft MVP Global Summit in the Seattle-Bellevue-Redmond area, I had the opportunity to meet some of the most interesting and eclectic groups of people in information technology that I’ve encountered in years. Truly, the revolution taking place around technology in Seattle, and its famous campus grounds located at 1 Microsoft Way in Redmond, is in no way limited to laboratories that are seldom, if ever, open to the public. Quite to the contrary, acclimating with Microsoft’s extensive community of worldwide supporters and individual contributors doesn’t just result in hearing success story after success story (although that is fun too). Of the thousands of people invited to the event, from all over the world, including Japan, Asia, Indochina, North America, Brazil, and the world at large, I found myself welcomed by a remarkable group of individuals. These men and women were of no traditional demographic one would think of – in fact quite the opposite was at hand. At 29 years old, I met kids younger and more successful than myself, who had generated their own start-up firms. I also met much older men and women, who witnessed the transformative nature of technology and got involved, one way or the other. These men and women came from all walks of life, but I am reminded, in particular, of a few of them I met who had a real impact on me. As someone who had come so far to be a part of this event, I did feel uneasy knowing that I was there alone. The individuals I met at the summit were polite, courteous, helpful, and informative. It was not difficult to see why they are considered experts in their field.

Whether the issue for them was something simple, like MP3 players like Zune, the Xbox, MS SQL, or the Microsoft Windows family of client and server products, this entire network of community supporters really outlined why Microsoft continues to have far-reaching success around the world. The level of enthusiasm for their technologies is clear, concise, and breaks down the traditional barriers of race, color, nationality, and gender inequality.

At that summit, I was witnessing not just what technology would be capable of doing in the future, but as a first timer, I got to see with my own eyes what it had done for just about every participant I was able to strike up a conversation with. Having been severely jet-lagged and exhausted from my trip, I travelled all the way from New York City to Seattle-Tacoma airport in a few hours. Having travelled, for the first time, outside of my own time zone, suspended at 38,000 feet in the air, I found myself dizzy, drowsy, and often times downright sick once I got off the airplane. It was something really unfamiliar to me, but in a way, strange thoughts began to fill my head. I realized that in Seattle, it nearly almost always rains once per day. There is certainly less sunlight there than in New York. Perhaps this lack of sunlight had inadvertently made people more likely to turn on a computer and create some kind of innovative programming. It was a silly thought, but staring at the horizon in the distance, I could not help but think about Mount Rainier, Lake Washington, and the land I was now interconnected with. In many cases a landmark home to science fiction, Seattle’s own Space Needle is a national treasure. A marvel of all aerodynamic ingenuity west of the Mississippi River valley, the Space Needle is essentially a giant UFO-shaped tower that is capable of housing restaurants, sight-seeing tours, and shines a giant beam of light that was part of the original design, but was only recently added.

Perhaps, I thought to myself, this is how the term “cloud computing” had caught on. With a lack of major sunlight ever permeating this area, to my knowledge, and with rain and humidity always on the horizon in a constant lake effect, it suddenly made sense to me how the area had become famous for its murky alternative rock grunge music in the 1990’s, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the evangelical computer programmers, and a number of activities, like concerts and music performances, that are usually held in-doors! In a way, it all made sense to me now, and I spent a great majority of my time taking in the sights, sounds, and hospitality of an entirely different area of the country. The most populous city in the northern United States is also home and origin to Starbucks. It all began to make sense to me that it would be here, more than anywhere else in the USA, that they would need fresh coffee beans from Jamaica available at a moment’s notice. And as humorous and sophomoric as that may read, I still think there is some truth to this.

This summit was my first experience with my Microsoft MVP award for Windows IT Expert – Consumer on the road. It was certainly a bumpy ride, and I did not take advantage of all of the event activities I could have. Windows product group experts and Microsoft employees were available, nearly from the break of dawn to the dark hours of night, to provide on and off-campus sessions to enthusiastic individuals. Looking back, the path was worthwhile. While most of the people I met had embedded themselves in this event for many years, I was certainly a newcomer. Determined to act the part, I tried my best to overcome the massive jetlag I had encountered, and vowed to myself to never eat sushi after getting off of a six hour flight again. Who could not be anxious when arriving in such a foreign place compared to the east coast of the USA? I have certainly flown and driven up and down that area most of my life, visiting nearly all of the north and south, but I had no idea what to expect near Redmond. An acquaintance of mine from Los Angeles was able to help me deal with the insomnia and time difference that comes with this type of travel, and she probably helped me in a way that she still doesn’t know – all from a few text messages. I am constantly reminded that technology itself has made us all interconnected, no matter where we are. At the Microsoft MVP Global Summit, what I did find were individuals, many of whom who had a certain selflessness about them, and a desire, above all things, to learn more, experience more, and help even more.

Upon immediately striking up a conversation with anyone at the event, it was absolutely easy to see how these men and women achieved recognition of excellence from Microsoft. While many young people who attended the event had created innovative ways to help others by setting up websites or studying the inner-workings of the Microsoft entertainment platform, others had been part of the commercial information technology circles and big businesses that have changed the environment of the Internet. I even caught a glimpse of two individuals who appeared to be working for a former web host that one of my websites was hosted on. These businesses, powered by ingenious individuals, have swept the Internet. And while many people appeared to be there as part of a corporately backed package, it was clear to me that most others had made a name for themselves by creating their own platform for innovation and success. Most important, and pronounced to me, was that each and every person there reached that point through acts of selflessness -- for helping others. In each and every instance, you could go around the area and know that you were surrounded by people who could speak your language: whether that be ASPX, XML, C, PHP, JavaScript, or BBCode. While a person there from Asia may not have had any comprehension of what I was talking about if he did not speak English, if I showed him Process Monitor in Windows, I could probably communicate with him on some technical level.

To contrast that, I came home to an environment back in New York where the Windows 8 Consumer Preview had just been released. It was no surprise to me that Windows 8 had been getting some slag for replacing the Windows Start Orb and Start Menu with the Metro User Interface (Metro UI). Windows 8 still has some major feature improvements going for it. This early in the game, there is no question that many of these features have likely gone undocumented, exist under-the-hood, or simply have not reached a stage in development that was acceptable for the Consumer Preview. First, it is important to note that the Consumer Preview is as much of a beta release for public testing as it is a marketing tool for Microsoft. When we examine how this has been released to the public, it is not hard for me to conclude that it is also a way to gauge public reaction to the first serious and inherent differences to the way the Microsoft Windows GUI has been presented – ever. Other operating system releases have taken the idea of the Start Menu and added search capabilities and refined a core concept. Slowly, but surely, we see an improvement that has occurred over time, with the look and feel of Windows remaining consistent over the ages.

The Consumer Preview Was Released To Test Your Reaction; Not Just The OS

In fact, this is a public release of Microsoft Windows to appear in limelight, in what is essentially a beta (and presumably near release candidate stage), with some features either completely omitted or broken. But not all is lost for Windows 8. There are some under-the-hood changes that show promise. I am not a Windows developer or programmer (most of my tinkering involves Linux, C, HTML, PHP, and JavaScript), but I can start to appreciate the level of changes that are being made on a core level as I get more time to become acquainted with this system and allow various whitepapers and documents to enter my lexicon.

Those looking to upgrade, or who will receive the upgrade already as part of a plan, like Microsoft VLK Software Assurance, will reap some benefits by making the upgrade to Windows 8. Businesses that have been around long enough will be familiar with creating and following a comprehensive End of Life (EOL) cycle plan. Such plans are usually coordinated between an enterprise administrative team that manages the day-to-day changes of internal certificate authorities, domain controllers, and mail servers. This group usually (and hopefully) has the training and forethought necessary to look at the official Microsoft release timetable, as well as the support for commonly used hardware and software. Assessments can be made to better understand how, where, when, and why this software and hardware is deployed, and under what conditions it is upgraded or phased out entirely. Not only does this level of planning bring clarity to what could otherwise become a source of enormous administrative overhead, but it also helps to mitigate the risk associated with allowing systems to continue running under-the-radar and without proper security auditing. Under such a scenario, businesses may choose to have their internal IT department perform network-wide audits of all systems. It is an affordable alternative to bringing in an outside specialist, and comparisons with Microsoft’s official support timetable can help make the transition to new hardware and software – as well as what comes with that -- such as training and significant infrastructure investment -- a more conceivable possibility.

Home users can depend on a much more simple approach, and that is to monitor requirements needed for tasks like school, work, and entertainment, while keeping up-to-date with Microsoft’s in-band and out-of-band security patches. As mentioned previously, Microsoft already publishes a roadmap to indicate when mainstream support, and even updates, will be terminated for their operating systems. Combining all of these ideas together, it is not unreasonable to come to a conclusion that one can continue using Windows 7 for a few more years without much difficulty. When the time comes, an upgrade will be made easy, as the large system manufacturers and independent system builders will, no doubt, bundle OEM copies of the system after RTM (“release-to-manufacturer”). On the side, one could begin to upgrade a small office or a home network with new computers when the need arises, in order to take advantage of the new feature set that is sure to be setting a precedent going forward.

Very large enterprise networks usually already make use of proprietary, custom software and hardware. Those businesses can begin the transition planning in phases, and will have access to fully licensed Microsoft support personnel who work in the corporate sales division of the company. Those resources can be accessed by standard enterprises (approx. 200 clients systems) and by mid-range offices (approx. 50-200 client systems) using Microsoft Gold Certified Partner program members that also specialize in employee training, resource management, and all-inclusive maintenance plans. Even a few well-trained and certified IT consultants and managers could handle a migration and post-migration scenario with the right level of planning and funding.

Stay positive, here is some deductive reasoning as to why not all is lost, and how the feature improvements that Windows 8 customers will benefit from may actually start to appear after the OS hits store shelves. (The kind of stuff that may not be readily apparent in the incomplete Consumer Preview version):

Virtualization Scores A Win

Hyper-V Virtualization included in Windows 8 will allow you to take your computing experience to the next level. If you are not entirely enticed by the prospect of running Windows 8, or still have a co-dependent relationship with legacy applications, Hyper-V will be sure to help you in that area; much like Microsoft Virtual PC brought Windows XP onto the desktop for many Windows 7 users. While Hyper-V isn’t about to take the throne away from VMWare’s line of virtualization products just yet, especially Workstation and ThinApp, expect to see the inclusion of Hyper-V as an experience that has the potential to compartmentalize the installation of applications – even really old ones. With Hyper-V and Metro as platforms likely to be directly controllable and manageable from Windows Server 8, IT admins can rejoice at the concept of virtualizing what is left of the desktop – and preventing inappropriate use of computer system resources at work. With full control of Metro and Hyper-V under Active Directory, system management is about to get a whole lot easier. Windows 8 fits as the one OS that office managers can control directly from Windows Server 8 without remorse. Limiting access to the desktop will reduce headaches for employees who may only be obligated to launch specific company-approved Metro apps.

Metro: The User Interface Revolution
Metro UI will not be alien to anyone who is old enough to remember Microsoft Encarta, or to any youngster who has already owned a Windows Phone. I still remember using Microsoft Encarta’s slick navigation system to look up John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address. This was one of the first times I saw decent video footage in an encyclopedia. Back in those days, everyone was on dial-up, and an encyclopedia like Encarta was the be-all and end-all of factoid finding for non-academics and kids still in grade school. So expect Metro-powered applications, programmed in C++, C#, HTML, JavaScript, and even VisualBasic. This programming platform, dubbed, Windows Runtime or WindowsRT for short, is object-oriented and just getting started. With enough knowledge of HTML and JavaScript, many people out there with limited knowledge of C++ could create some pretty snazzy object-oriented apps that make use of jQuery and YUI hosted over the web. With the launch of the Windows App Store, don’t be surprised to see some amazing third party apps put long-time industry staples to shame. Once you start looking into the development platform for Metro, then you start to realize that it isn’t just a gimmick for touch screen users. Ostensibly, a great deal of time developing the .NET Framework is about to pay off, in bundles, for everyone who starts using Metro.

Gamers Not Doomed; HID Development Pushed Forward by Windows 8 OS
Gamers likely won’t be left out of the picture. Metro apps are designed to run in full screen, and as all hardcore gamers know, most high intensity games actually throw you into full-screen mode any way. The difference is likely to be negligible, but who wouldn’t like a concise way to manage all entertainment software and keep it running in the background every once in a while? Single player games that enter the market as instant classics like TES: Skyrim could suddenly appear more interactive in the future. Don’t be surprised to see some form of Windows 8 incorporated into the next version of Xbox (Xbox 720?) with DirectX 11 support. It would be nice to see cross-compatibility with the Xbox and Windows PC. Imagine if you could run any console game on a PC and vice versa: Now that kind of unification would prevent a lot of people from buying all those Media Center extenders and going wild on home entertainment systems. Only time will tell how far Microsoft will take us down the rabbit hole. For gamers, that is a great thing.

Multi-monitor and multi-touch support will bring Windows 8 to tablets and phones like never before with certified Metro applications that are programmed for Windows Runtime (WindowsRT). Expect a lot to happen in how we use our desktop and laptop systems. While major advancements in human interface devices are years away, it appears to be one of the major cornerstones of IBM Research and Microsoft Research. Unification across platforms is a recipe for redundancy, but in the case of sensitive data, redundancy is a very good thing. We want to be able to access our office files from home and our home files from the office, without necessarily having to do cartwheels with third party software. The integration of SkyDrive, and ultimately, shell extensions for third-party apps like Dropbox, is a given. Microsoft is never going to take over the cloud-hosted backup market, but they could pull off a pretty neat way of sharing, updating, and collaborating on projects between tablets, phones, desktops, laptops, game consoles, and more. Kinect for Windows is going to be scoffed at in the beginning, but once everyone has such a device linked up to their monitor, moving your hand around to change the active Window on your computer isn’t going to be that bad of a trade-off. In 2009, I gave a speech to a number of people in the public sector about what I saw as the cornerstone for future technology. That presentation included the fact that a device like the SmartBoard would be obsolete within five years’ time, due to the decreasing price of touch screen computers, and the ability for computing devices to detect human movement. While it didn’t go over well with the locals, it is happening, right now. That is something to be excited about. Whatever touch screen advancements Microsoft introduces with Windows 8 will once again push the hardware market to accommodate the software. This means all sorts of new human interface devices are already in development, even from third parties (see: Google Goggles/Google Glasses as one superlative example).

A New World for Software and Hardware Development

It’s not just a Microsoft world: Software companies, game studios, and all sorts of IT companies depend on the reliability and performance of Microsoft products and services, even when their customers aren’t in Microsoft Windows. This happens whenever an e-mail passes through an Exchange server, or a large database is designed for interoperability between a metadata retrieval system and Microsoft Access. Companies that specialize in document management, database administration, and even brand marketing will reap massive benefit from an interface that contains a display mechanism that has the potential to plot and chart raw data into something visually understandable. For example, if I tell you we ordered a hundred pizzas, each consisting of eight slices, and we only have 10 minutes to finish 25 slices, you’re going to wonder how many pizzas we have left. Once data entry software, even stuff that was initially designed with a Mac in mind, is designed for Metro, we’re not just going to be able to see how many pizza slices we have left – we may have the option to order some extras, or watch other people eat the ones left in 10 minutes. It’s that kind of world we’re delving into. We don’t see how great Metro can be: Only because software companies known for their great innovative capabilities like Google and Apple are just getting started on WindowsRT and Metro. This stuff is not going away, and when all the great innovator’s in the world get involved, we’re going to see sparks fly off the third rail.

Negativity Bias
Many people who try the Windows Consumer Preview may be inexperienced with running beta software. And when your whole operating system is a big chunk of bugs, in many cases unbranded, and in some cases feature incomplete, there is going to be a heck of a lot to complain about. I admit that I’m one of them. Take a look at my post about Windows 8 being a platform to sell Windows Live connected services. Well, of course that is what Windows 8 is, but it has the potential to be much more. Studies show us that, on average, people tend to remember a negative outcome 2.5x more than they do a good one. That means you’re 2.5 times more likely to remember when you got a bad haircut then when you got a good one. You’re 2.5 times more likely to dwell on the day you lost your job, than you are to remember the years you spent at the very same job when you contributed an enormous amount of productivity to the company’s bottom line. You’re 2.5 times more likely to remember that turbulence on the airplane. It was unbearable for ten minutes, and now you’re 2.5 times less likely to remember the time you struck up a great conversation with someone on that long flight. You’re 2.5x more likely to remember that woman or man who rejected you on that first date then you are to remember the laughs you shared going into the restaurant. This negativity bias is something we usually learn about in the first or second year of undergraduate psychology, but very few of us even remember or know what it is. In general, your body is trained to remember when bad things happened more than good things, and actually dwell on it. It is truly a response from the Stone Age, and is a very healthy response. It keeps you in balance. But in today’s high tech and demanding world, it can be taken too far.
So yes, we can look at Windows 8 and positively say, “Maybe this thing won’t be so bad. Maybe I can learn it, and enjoy it.”

The True Test: Greater Than The Sum of Its Parts?

Don’t forget that Windows 8 will include a Start on Demand model for all system-related services. For years, I found myself sending Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 customers to a web page called Black Viper ( This site contained detailed guides on how to configure your Windows operating system to use as few services as absolutely necessary. That site became especially popular during the Windows Vista release. Essentially, the site goes through every single service running on your system and will tell you, not only what the default start setting is for it, but how best to optimize it to suit your needs. If you were trying to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the operating system, without much care for its ability to perform certain operations, you could always use BlackViper’s “Service Configurations” lists to decide whether or not it was safe to make sure that something like the Distributed Link Tracking Client service or the World Wide Web Publishing Service could be completely disabled or not. If I haven’t lost you on this one, Microsoft has come up with a novel solution that is sure to improve your experience with Windows 8, and that is by using “Start on Demand”. Under Start on Demand, when Windows 8 needs a service, it launches it – only when. So that, in and of itself, will save resources. And when we look at what is coming up with memory deduplication, we are looking at true advancement in operating system performance at its most basic level.

Yes, the Consumer Preview is flawed, but for all its flaws, let us all think about these things and realize that the best is yet to come for an operating system ahead of its time.

On November 29th 2012, I purchased the new Windows Phone 8X (aka HTC 8X) from a local store called "The Soruce" (replaced RadioShack here in Eastern Canada, is owned by my carrier Bell Mobility). I got the phone as an early upgrade for some $250. Immediately after purchasing it, while using the camera, I noticed it would not autofocus. I figured rather than a fault with the device, it was just my fault for not doing something right. So I continued using the phone and eventually the idea sank into the back of my mind until it was past the 14-day return period. I know this is technically my fault for not returning the device as soon as I realized the issue and I accept that, but the piss poor service I received from HTC during the (3) repair processes is not... Let me explain.

On December 31st I returned the phone to my carrier store to have it sent away for repairs (standard procedure for most phones in Canada). I had to send my LG Quantum away a few years before so I understood it usually took about 2 weeks for a device to return. I opted out of getting a loaner phone for $120 refundable as I'm not a person who can't live without a phone for 2 weeks.

So the issue was the camera not autofocusing, I figured that would be an easy enough fix, the camera would be replaced. When the device returned to the store, the note attached specified that is exactly what had been done. So I put my micro-sim in and fired it up. Guess what? No service. No matter what, the device would not connect to the cellular network (and in the selection area, only showed one network by a new carrier). To add to it, the device had been in a case and was in absolutely mint condition when it was sent away. It returned with scratched on both the back casing and hairline scratches on the screen. This is about mid-January and that pissed me off, so off it went again to have a problem caused by the repair team fixed. Fast forward another 2 weeks and the device returns with the exact same issue.

At this point I almost launch the device into the wall behind the CSR's head. I maintain my cool and have it sent away for a third time (now it's early February). This time I argue with the CSR who's helping me to get a loaner phone for free (it's $120, $20 of which you don't get back). Of course every person who works at the local Bell store except for the manager is a complete p**** so I get nowhere with that. I pay for the loaner phone (which I had previously been told was a Nexus 4) and get some scratched up Samsung Galaxy Gio. Whatever, it works.

I'm convinced the device will not work when it comes back the third time, so I buy a brand new Nokia Lumia 920 in white on eBay with a free wireless charger. I did a little research before as the phone was locked to AT&T, there seemed to be lots of sites on the internet offering unlock services, most had a few positive reviews too. I didn't look hard enough as it turns out most of these sites were scams or didn't yet have access to the code database (which they won't until AT&T ends their 6 month no unlock contract on May 1st). So now I've got a brand new phone which I still can't use. I chose to enable tethering on the Galaxy Gio and download a free texting app on the Lumia, which lets me do everything except call (which I don't do anyway) on my Lumia so long as the Gio is in my pocket or near by.

The HTC 8X finally makes a return just this past week (more than a month, wtf?). Turns out they replaced my phone with a "new" device. It's not new, it's refurbished. The case has noticeable scratch straight across the speaker and Beats audio logo (although this could have happened during shipping). The screen is not seated properly on the front of the device: there's a gap less than 1 mm at the top where I can basically see the insides of the phone and due to this, it sits about 1 mm lower at the bottom, which causes light leaks around the entire bottom of the casing, including the micro-USB jack and microphone. It really looks like an alien at night time. The final thing is the screen: it's not even for the blue phone, it's for the black model. The LCD and digitizer are glued together to basically be one extremely hard to take apart piece (so basically, if you replace it yourself, be sure to buy the combo, not one or the other because it's a mess). Included in that combo is the grill for the earpiece which is a piece of plastic about an inch and a half wide by a quarter of an inch tall and is the same colour as the casing on the phone. But no, this one's black. It looks very boring.

So three months later and I have a half-assed refurbish of a device I now completely hate. I heard lots of bad things about HTC before buying the phone and still chose to, and I made the mistake of not returning the device for an exchange as soon as I noticed the problem with the camera. Those two things in combination lead to the absolute worst customer service experience I have ever had. I will never buy another HTC product, not because they're bad quality (admittedly can't wait to get my Lumia 920 unlocked, that is true build quality), but because their customer service is absolutely abysmal.

As for the 8X... I'll probably sell it to a friend for a few hundred bucks as soon as I can get an unlock code for my Lumia 920... The worst part of the entire deal, for me, is that if I'd waited an extra two weeks I could have got the Samsung ATIV S with a 4.8" Super AMOLED screen and all the exceptional build qualities I've come to love from Samsung.

I have a dual LAN on my mother board. I've enabled the ICS in the sharing tab in the IPv4 Properties.
No.1 is my main computer and has 2 LAN cards on the motherboard.
No.2 is the Media Center.
I have a LAN cable to connect them. It used to work when No.2 had WIN XP.

Now I can see them in the network area but No.2 can't access computer 1 and can't use internet from no.1

How to fix this?

Hi all, new to this forum but have a question!
I have been running Windows 7 for about a month now. It's been working fine until yesterday when suddenly I have no internet connection! All I get is "identifying, no network access" I know it's not my Orange router as my PS3 connects fine and having brought my PC into the office I get the same error on the companies wi-fi and lan connection.
Trying to release and renew the IP simply gets an RPC error message.

Any ideas?


Hi Guys

Installed Windows 7 on my Acer laptop with no problems, all was working fine was using the inet downloading updates etc all ok ,was so sweet after Vista.
Last night I rebooted and I no longer have access to the internet.

I checked the internet connection by plugging in my XP laptop all ok
So its somthing with the Acer laptop and windows 7

Hardware in the device manager is all ok,
Updated network card drivers , still nothing.(nvidia card)

Tried to use Windows 7 to diaganois the issue , Windows cannot find a problem.

I cannot find anything with hardware or software which leaps out and says, here be problem.

The GF wants me to go back to XP , I am resisting, I like this Windows 7 ,but not for much longer
Please help


Got the internet back by disabling my network card then re- enabling it
However I have to do this everytime I reboot
Driver issue?

Windows Vista Business Edition. I've been having lots of problems with it regarding internet.

I've got access to a wired and a wireless network at home. I also have a localhost server on my computer which I access through localhost ( Now, sometimes I'm using the internet and it stops working for no reason. It can happen while using the wired or wireless network, it doesn't matter. It just stops working.

Fun facts:
If something like a file download or a MSN Messenger session is on while the problem occurs, the file and/or msn session still work (though slower and/or with major problems).If I'm using the wired connection when it gets screwed up and then try to get wireless connection, it still doesn't work.I have no access to my localhost (404'd).Of course, all browsers and network-capable applications stop working when this happens.Rebooting solves the problem, but it's annoying as hell.

While I'm at it, I might add that I have avast free home edition antivirus, I installed xampp to get php, MySQL and Apache and Windows firewall turned off (those are the programms I have that I think may be causing a problem).

Ok, this just boggles my mind but I am getting the Unidentified network (local access only) when I connect to my wireless. First off, last week I did not have this problem at work, brought the laptop home and this error comes up and I cannot get out to the internet. I have the same router (DLINK DIR655) at home and at work. Both routers were setup the same. While at home (on the network that was not connecting) I updated the firmware and changed the password type from WEP to WPA and everything worked fine. Getting back to the office today I am unable to connect to the wireless here now! My first step was to complete the same steps on the work router as the home router so I updated the firmware and changed the password type from WEP to WPA. Still no luck....

All my XP laptops are connecting just fine as well as OSX laptops.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am running Windows 7 64Bit on a Dell precision M2400 with a Intel(R) WiFi Link 5300 AGIN

And I have tried deselecting IPv6 along with Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver and the Discovery responder and still no luck.

Reinstalled 32Bit and running with no problems now. I am sure this issue will be resolved with the release of V.1 (non beta). I guess I shouldn't get to excited, I haven't tried it on my home network yet but I feel safe I will not have any problems.

And for the record, my Windows Experience Index score is higher on 32 Bit then 64 Bit.

I'm using build 7100 on all machines involved. I have a home group setup and all of the computers I'm talking about have successfully joined the home group.

I have one desktop computer at home. I have a portable which moves around. My networking is DSL -> NAT/Router/Wireless Access Point. There is a wired connection from the router to the desktop computer. The portable is connected via wireless. The desktop computer has some media files I'd like to play on the portable via streaming. I've setup an online ID and connected both computers to the online ID. Finally, the network is classified as a "Home" network in both cases. Finally, on the NAT I'm pretty sure I've punched through the ports requested (44553 _. 10245 and 443 -> 10245 from external to the desktop computer).

At home, the portable has no trouble playing the files. I can browse the files, play them, etc.

When I take the portable to another network (starbucks, home, etc.) and hook up to wireless (the network is classified as "Public" or "Work"), I open up windows media player - under the "Other libraries" heading I still see the computer that was listed with the ID. However, when I click on "videos->Folders" it says "contacting..." and after a while claims the connection has failed.

I can also open up the "Internet Home Media Access" dialog box and click "Diagnose connections". In the top panel everything is ok except for Teredo which is "FAIL". Under the bottom pannel everyone's name resolution seems to succeed, but the "Connection" for my desktop computer is always listed as "FAIL".

I have no idea how to debug this; I don't know what is important (is the Teredo the root cause of the failure, or is it, as a tunneling protocal, only needed if I'm on a IPv6 network!?). If that is the problem, what am I doing that messes that up? If that isn't the problem then all I have to go on is the "FAIL" for the connection, which doesn't tell me much about where to look. :-) If I've messed up the NAT routing, I don't know how to test that. If the routing was setup automatically, I'm not even sure how to check to see if that happened on my router (Linksys WRT300N) - or if I need to do something like reboot W7 to get it to try to reconfig the router itself after I've removed the routing info from the tables in the router, etc. etc. :-) I've not tried DMZ, but I suppose I could (I really would like to keep the NAT if I can).

Many thanks in advance for any suggestions


In my laptop there are two networks
1. Local area connection which i use to connect with my router(wired connection,Ethernet)
2. N79 the ad-hoc network which i created to connect with my mobile device.(nokia n79)

Now when i turn on WiFi in my laptop and start listening, my mobile device detect the WiFi network. Then i start to browser of my phone and try to load a web page, and the computer shows the network status as connected. But in the phone still i cant access web pages, the browser of the phone try to load the web page and reply "no gateway reply".

What can i do for this?
Thax in advance.

Hi all.

I am trying to connect my notebook - HP Compaq 6730s to my desktop.
I have ASUS Striker 2 Formula motherboard, nVidia 780i SLI chipset, 2 network adapters, and windows XP Pro SP3, x86 Edition.
On my notebook I haveWindows 7 Ultimate RC 7100 Build.
I couldn't find Win7 drivers for my notebook so I installed VISTA drivers in compatiility mode.
Everything works fine, including the network and internet access.
Right now I am trying to connect 'em using a crossover cable. When I pluged in the cable I was expecting windows to detect my network automatically, in the same way it did when I connected VISTA to XP but it didn't.
I tried to configure the network, I used IP address on my desktop and on my notebook and subnet mask.
Windows 7 popped up a message: "Unidentify network - no internet connection".
I created a new Local Network Connection but again, the same message popped up.
Used ping to test the connection - 100% Loss.
Any ideas?


I have successfully Vlited Win7022 to the size of 1.27g so that it can run fast on my old laptop with 528 ram. Following is the vlite log of items removed, mostly Media Center, languages, drivers (I have my own)).

To avoid having to download the huge MS add-on to vlite, simply install the old 1.1.6 version and then upgrade/overwrite it with the latest 1.2. There is no 7lite yet, but vlite recognizes and works with w7 well.

Particularly nice is that the popular web download of Window 7 beta LITE had a sticky notes bug which required removing it, however with this config sticky notes, gadgets and everything else works fine.

With security center, defender, updates services disabled, no aero and graphics edited down, I am idling at 208 mb. Re-enable these and it idles around 256 which is only half my ram. The lowest impact av is always Avast, and I use Spybot to manually rightclick scan downloads..

; vLite preset file
; vLite v1.2
; Framework 2.0.50727.3521
; Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7000.0 32-bit
; Windows 7 ULTIMATE 32-bit
; Version 6.1 English (United States)
Aero Glass
File and printer sharing (Server)
Internet Explorer
Internet Information Services (IIS)
Scanners and Cameras
System Restore
Windows Fax and Scan
Windows Update

[ Removed Components]
;# Accessories #
Games-Inbox Games
Games-Premium Inbox Games
Speech Support
Welcome Center
;# Drivers #
Diva Server
Printers-Generic printer
QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter
Storage controllers-Adaptec
Storage controllers-Elxstor
Storage controllers-IBM ServeRAID
Storage controllers-ICP vortex
Storage controllers-Intel (Matrix)
Storage controllers-nVidia
Storage controllers-SiS
Storage controllers-Via
TV Tuners-ADS Technologies
TV Tuners-ASUSTeK Computer Inc.
TV Tuners-AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.
TV Tuners-Compro Technology Inc.
TV Tuners-Creatix
TV Tuners-Hauppauge
TV Tuners-KNC ONE GmbH
TV Tuners-KWorld
TV Tuners-Lumanate, Inc.
TV Tuners-Philips Semiconductors
TV Tuners-Pinnacle Systems
TV Tuners-TerraTec Electronic GmbH
TV Tuners-VidzMedia Pte Ltd.
;# Hardware Support #
Firewire (1394)
Floppy Disk Support
TV Tuner support
XBOX 360 Controller
;# Languages #
Simplified Chinese
Table Driven Text Input Processor
Traditional Chinese
;# Multimedia #
Media Center
Media Metadata Handler
Music and Video samples
Sample Pictures
;# Network #
Connect to a Network Projector
;# Services #
Offline Files
Remote Registry
;# System #
Natural Language
Parental Controls
Tablet PC
Windows Easy Transfer
DEP (Data Execution Prevention) = Default
User Account Control (UAC) = Disabled
AntiSpyware Realtime Protection = Default
Memory requirement = Default
AutoPlay = Enabled
Paging Executive = Enabled
Power scheme = Balanced
Power button = Shutdown
Sleep button = Default
Control Panel - Classic View = Default
Show hidden files and folders = No
Show protected operating system files = No
Show extensions for known file types = No
IE Phishing Filter = Default
IE Phishing Verification Ballon Tips = Default

Well I'm about to either uninstall windows7. Getting very annoyed with this whole network, file sharing, and print sharing. Wish I could click 2 buttons, Then poof I can print and share files. Guess not seeing that home group is Win7 Only.

Here's what I got.

Computer A(MX2):
Is running xp Pro(32Bit)
Has a working Brother MFC-240 USB Printer.
Work Groupname is: MSHOME
Connects trough the router then to the internet
Has already ran the network wizard with no issues.

Computer B(Rhaged):
Is running windows 7(64Bit)
Work Groupname is: MSHOME
Connects trough the router then to the internet

Screen shot of networking and sharing center.

Current settings (Advanced)

I can not click, view, or do anything to MX2

When I try add a Printer these come up on the list

Both seem to be the same. And its not even off the right network. (I think those are failed attempts to do printer sharing)

This is another thing thats driving me mad, There 2 ports one starts with 199, The other starts with PX32(Old computer A name). You cant remove them the error message is "The requested resource is in use"

So far both computers can see that either on exists, But neither one can access anything or share anything on either one. Been at it for 2 hours.

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