Causes for Internet connection dropping on Windows® 7
What causes an Internet connection to drop on Windows 7?
Windows 7 is known to be the best Operating System for networking. It allows you to stay connected without much interruption. But, it is possible that you may face some issues with networking on a Windows 7 system. One of the issues includes a drop in a network connection at frequent intervals. You may not be able to access any Internet pages or access a routers web administrator page once the connection is dropped. You may need to reboot the system to get these issues resolved. You may face some error messages in the web page like “Cannot Connect to Server” and so on. This issue usually occurs with certain browsers. It is good to use advanced browsers like Internet Explorer 8 that are less prone to connection issues. If this does not work, then you need to follow some advanced steps to fix this issue.
Here are some ways to fix a dropped Internet connection on Windows 7:
- General troubleshooting steps
- Disable Saving Power function of Network Interface Card (NIC)
- Check network status
General troubleshooting steps
There are some general steps which you need to take immediately when your Internet connection drops on a Windows 7 system. The initial step to be taken is to update the motherboard driver of the system with the latest updates. You will get this from the manufacturers website. The next step to be done is to bypass the router used for connection on the system. Then, connect directly to modem. These steps usually resolve many issues with Windows 7.
Disable Saving Power function of NIC
You can try disabling Saving Power function of wireless NIC if this is resulting in a dropped connection on a Windows 7 system. For this, you need to click the 'Computer' icon from 'Start' menu and right-click on the icon to select 'Properties' option. You need to then open 'Device Manager' and navigate to the NIC. Right-click on the 'NIC' option to select 'Properties'. You will then get the 'Power Management' tab on which you need to uncheck “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power" option. Finally, restart the system to see if the issue is resolved.
You can check the network status of Windows 7 to resolve dropped Internet connections. For this, you need to select 'Control Panel' from 'Start'. The next step is to select 'View Network Status and Tasks' from the 'Network and Internet' menu. You need to then select 'Local Area Connection' in the 'View your Connections' section. You will then get a new window displayed on the system screen on which you need to select 'Properties'. Uncheck the 'Internet Protocol Version 6' option after selecting the 'Ok' button.
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