'Network ID' greyed out in Windows 7


I'm trying to add a computer to my companies domain in Windows 7. In XP I usually just click 'Network ID' and put in the domain name. However, in Windows 7 this option is completely greyed out.

I can still see the companies fill server, and use the internet. But it won't let me join the domain. Which (i think) is causing me to not have access to the printers.

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I am having problems with any type of Network Card or Network USB adapter working with my PC running Windows 7. I had a LinkSys WMP54G PCI card working on this computer about a year ago as I was needing to use a wireless connection but then I didn't use it for 6 months. When I went to use it again, it wouldn't pick up connections at all.

Thinking it was an issue with the card, I picked up a Edimax 7612UAn USB adapter thinking it should work out of the box. When I plug the USB adapter in, the standard Windows driver installation tries to run but an error message occurs stating "Device driver software was not successfully installed" accompanied by "Realtek RTL8191SU Wireless LAN 802.11n USB Failed". If I try to install the drivers manually, nothing changes and in Device Manager the following error message is displayed under Device Status "This device is not working properly because Windows cannot load the drivers required for this device. (Code 31)".

I am at a loss as to why this issue is occurring. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated because I only have so much hair left that can be torn out.

Fixes an issue that occurs when you use an USB RNDIS device to connect to a 3G or 4G network in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2.


Describes the scenarios in which Windows Kernel event ID 41 may occur in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2.


Fixes a "0x00000027" Stop error that occurs when you access a shared network resource in Windows Server 2008 R2 or in Windows 7.


Fixes an issue in which a network adapter driver that is signed by using a WHQL or Microsoft Authenticode signature is displayed as an unsigned driver. This issue occurs in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2.


Fixes an issue in which the SACK option is always set to "true" for offloaded TCP connections on a network adapter. This issue occurs even if the network adapter does not support the SACK option in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2. This behavior...


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Describes an issue in which Windows Backup performs a full backup of media files that are shared on networked players or on media devices. This issue occurs in Windows 7.


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Fixes an issue in which the network location profile changes from "Domain" to "Public" unexpectedly in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2.


Dear friends

I am facing a network issue in windows 7. when i am pinging my gateway (connected to internet) or any public ip address by using my ethernet am getting some replay then general failure as shown below

c:/ping - my gateway
Replay from byte 32 time

I have a custom developed mass storage hardware that has been working perfectly in Windows XP, mounting with a drive letter on windows XP within seconds of plugging it in to any USB port. In windows 7 however the same hardware takes several minutes to mount. First, in a few seconds, Windows recognizes it as a USB mass Storage device when you plug it in. But if you look at the process in the action center ( I think that's what its called, it's the icon in the taskbar area on the bottom right that shows that there's a new device detected and being installed), there are two items to be installed for the device. The first has a tick and is called USB Mass Storage Device. The second one, the name of the actual device itself takes several minutes to finally settle on the generic, default windows driver and eventually gets a tick, causing the autorun to pop up asking if I want to open it.

Like I said, it mounts like a breeze on XP but is REALLY slow on Windows 7. What is going on?

I'm a software developer tasked with sorting this out for my client's Windows 7 clients and so far, I have not been able to work out what Windows 7 is doing differently to Windows XP or how I can programmatically fix this. They had the product developed as a mass storage device and its been working well for years on XP. I have NO access to the firmware and don't know where to start in developing a driver for this custom hardware, if that is indeed what needs to be done.. I can however make some sort of program run in the installer for the software that I wrote for the chip. Basically all the software does is lets you upload and download files of a specific type (encrypted proprietary file format for this device that show up on the chip as files in its window). There's nothing fancy going on at all and it doesn't need a device driver to run, just a fix to get it to mount quickly or the software falls over when it formats the device prior to uploading new files to it.

What is different about the process used by Windows 7 when installing a generic mass storage device? Other flash drives I have mount much faster than this custom hardware. What is different about them? Its not the speed of the hardware, because that is not an issue on XP, as I said. Can I write the hardware id into registry somewhere special so Windows 7 stops mucking about looking for an appropriate driver EVERY time it is plugged in? Can I 'tell' Windows 7 to always use the default mass storage device and file system drivers without it getting confused and searching for 2 minutes every single time it is plugged in?

What do I need to do programatically to get Windows 7 to behave like Windows XP for this device only? I could make a vbscript file to run in the installer for the software that is used with the device.

I have spent most of the day loading Windows 7 Pro on my desktop machine. I've kept XP as a dual boot, so at least I'll be able to continue working as I gradually sort out the invetable maze that MS seems to love leaving. Are they taking revenge on all the people who have dared to criticize them in the past.

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1 Favourites - No matter what I do I cannot get IE8 to import my IE7 favourites. I know favourites are really more than just IE but that's all I use them for.

2 Start Menu - More MS revenge, no classic start menu and to make matters worse, totally inadequete instructions as to how to actually change things that matter. What I am trying to acheive is a result similar to the enclosed bmp file.

Can some one please refer me to some tutorial re the above. MS don't seem to appreciate that the computer is a tool that should be EASY to use.



I was thinking about this today.

When I upgraded from XP to Windows 7 there were new features that were obvious.
Like Snap better CD writing apps in the software, etc.

I was trying to come up with things that are different from Windows 7 in Windows 8 other then the user interface.

I'm looking for things that actually makes it easier to do something, like snap which I love and use constantly.

I like Windows 8 and will probably upgrade just for the performance increase.

But, are there really any new features, things you can do in Windows 8, or that are easier to do in Windows 8 then they were in Windows 7?

I'll be 74 in a few days so my brain isn't as fast as it once was, but I'm really having a hard time coming up with things that are a real improvement in Windows 8. I would like to say that the search engine is a lot better, but I got in the habit of using Agent Ransack when I was using 7 so I haven't given it a real chance.

If you can think of anything please list them, I'd seriously like to see a real comparison of what makes Windows 8 different and better, excluding the performance boost, and a different UI.

I've looked and I haven't found a real comparison that points out the differences beyond the UI, (which is pretty much all anyone discusses).


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At past, I had two machines running on windows xp with share folders connected with a router 'BRL-04UR'. Recently, one of the os has been changed to windows 7 and another remains windows xp.

Howerver, when I want to setup the share folder, I find problems. At windows 7 machine, it can see windows xp machine (named LAI) at network. However, when I double-click the icon, Windows cannot access 'LAI', and after pressing 'diagnosis', it said ' DNS server has no response'.

At another side, windows xp machine can also see windows 7 machine (named User-pc). However, when I double-clicked the icon, it also said that 'cannot access User-pc, you may have no premission to access ....'.

I have followed the instruction stated here 'http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/share-files-and-printers-between-windows-7-and-xp/'. However, I still cannot get the right thing. I am sure that they are both under 'WORKGROUP' and I have turned off password protected sharing in windows 7 machine.

Please help~~

Hi all,

I'm stumped in trying to change the workgroup name in Windows 7 Build 7057. I think this is why Windows 7 can't see the XP machines on my network. Any help appreciated.

Thanks much!


Move Live Messenger Icon to the System Tray in Windows 7 - the How-To Geek


Move Live Messenger Icon to the System Tray in Windows 7

If you’ve made the switch to Windows 7 and use Windows Live Messenger, you might have noticed the icon stays in the new Taskbar. If you are annoyed by this and would rather see it in the System Tray (notification area), just follow this simple process.

Show Messenger Icon in Notification Area
When you close out or minimize Messenger it will reside in the new Taskbar.


To make it act like it did in previous versions of Windows, right-click on the Windows Live Messenger icon and go to Properties.

In the example above I created an icon on the desktop but you can also do the same thing with the icon in the start menu.

Then go to the Compatibility tab and run it in Windows Vista compatibility mode.

The icon might be hidden in the notification area though…

You just need to customize the Notification Area Icons and have it Show icon and notifications.


That’s it! Now you have your Messenger icon back where it used to be.


If you’re annoyed by the way the Live Messenger icon is displayed, following this quick tip should help you out.