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Networks: Manual Configuration to Fix Network Errors

Windows does a great job of automating the process of connecting to different types of networks using its various built-in networking components. For instance, it uses DHCP (dynamic host configuration protocol) to automatically discover and assign an IP address for your computer so you can communicate with other IP-aware devices. However, if this auto-configuration system fails, then you will have to manually fix it using several under-the-hood tools that the operating system provides. Therefore, this article focuses on a number of scenarios where stubborn network problems fail to fix themselves and require your manual intervention. Additionally, by following the step-by-step tutorials in this guide, you will learn how to use powerful problem-busting tools to resolve a wide-range of networking issues covering both wired and wireless glitches. And finally, this article also provides free software that you can download from the special Members-only Area of the Windows Advisor website to help your computer stay connected to the outside world.

Category: Networks
Issue: 2011 Issue 4 May/June
Operating Systems: XP, Vista, 7
Article Reference: N7

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