How to Repair a Network Connection in Windows 7
Windows 7 is designed for networking and working with the Internet, so when your network connection isn’t working, it can be particularly frustrating. Fortunately, Windows 7 comes with a built-in troubleshooter that you can use to repair a broken network connection.
- Choose Start→Control Panel→Network and Internet. Then click the Network and Sharing Center link.
- Click the Fix a Network Problem link.
The link pulls you straight into the Control Panel’s Troubleshooting guide for the network.
- Click the link for the type of network connection that has been lost.
There are several different troubleshooters available:
- Internet Connections: When you can’t connect to the Internet or to a particular Web site
- Connection to a Shared Folder: When you can’t connect to a file or folder that you thought was shared
- HomeGroup: When you’re unable to view files or computers in your homegroup
- Network Adapter: When you’re unable to communicate with your router or modem
- Incoming Connections to This Computer: When you’re unable to let other computers in your network communicate with your PC
- Work your way through the troubleshooting guide.
Windows 7 will ask you a series of questions. As you respond, you’ll get closer and closer to the answer. If Windows suggests an action you must perform, such as plugging in a cable, do so.
When the solution is found, close the Network troubleshooting guide.
- How to Share an Internet Connection in Windows 7
Windows 7 Just the Steps For Dummies
By Nancy C. Muir
The Internet Sharing feature in Windows is easy. Windows 7 makes it easy for you to get connected to the Internet and to share an Internet connection with other computers in your network. You can use the Windows Internet Connection Sharing feature on your Windows 7 computer to let one or more computers share in your Internet connection.
What is internet connection sharing?
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) is a feature that allows a device with Internet access to act as a host or access point for other devices to connect to the Web.
Microsoft and Windows 7 makes it easy for you to get connected to the Internet and to share an Internet connection with other computers in your network. You can use the The benefit of this approach to Internet sharing is that there is no router requirement – however, the host device (computer) must be turned on for other computers to successfully access the Internet.
Follow these steps to set up the Windows 7 Internet Connection Sharing feature:
Choose Start→Control Panel→Network and Internet. Click the Network and Sharing Center link.
The Network and Sharing Center opens.
2In the resulting Network and Sharing Center window, click the Manage Wireless Network's link.
The window that appears lets you “Manage Wireless Networks That Use (Wireless Network Connect).”
Click a connection and then click the Adapter Properties link.
The Connection Properties dialog box appears.
Click the Sharing tab.
This tab doesn’t give you a whole lot of options.
Select the Allow Other Network Users to Connect through This Computer’s Internet Connection check box.
You might also be able to select the Allow Other Network Users to Control or Disable the Shared Internet Connection check box (Optional). This setting lets other people on your network control the shared Internet connection by enabling or disabling it.
Click OK and then close the Manage Wireless Networks window to save the shared connection settings.
Before they can start using your shared connection, users on your network need to configure their TCP/IP settings so that they get an IP connection automatically.