Troubleshoot Network Issues in Windows® 7
What are the different networking issues that can come in somputer with Windows 7 and tips to troubleshoot them?
Windows 7 is an Operating System from Microsoft that helps to gives all the necessary features for making the computing task easier for the users. Computer networking or Data communications is the engineering discipline which is concerned with the communication between computer systems or devices. A computer network is a set of computers or devices connected to each other with the ability to exchange data. Computer networking is sometimes considered a sub-discipline of telecommunications, computer science, information technology or computer engineering since it relies heavily upon the theoretical and practical application of these scientific and engineering disciplines.
Different network issues in computer with Windows 7 and tips to troubleshoot them are discussed below:
- Check your hosts file
- Check your TCP/IP settings
- Reset your TCP/IP manually
Check your hosts file
Windows can use the hosts file to setup IP addresses to particular domains. You need to choose to 'Run as administrator' to edit the file in Windows 7. This means that it can be used to redirect or effectively cut off your Internet access. To view the file just open up 'Notepad' and then, navigate to your 'C drive', then to the 'Windows' Folder, then 'System32' folder, then 'Drivers' folder, and then go to 'Etc' folder and finally, open the file named 'Hosts'. You might have to change where it says 'Text Documents' to 'All Files' to see the host's file.
Check your TCP/IP settings
Another issue might be that your TCP/IP settings were altered in some way. For Windows 7, go to the 'Control Panel' and then the 'Network and Sharing Center'. In Windows 7, click on 'Change adapter settings' and right click the device giving you trouble, either the Wireless card or Ethernet card. Then select select 'Properties' and click on Internet Protocol Version 6 and then hit 'Properties'. If either the IP or DNS server address are not set to automatic, set them to be automatic and repeat this for Internet Protocol Version 4.
Sometimes, you might just need to reset your TCP/IP. This can be easily done at the command line in Windows. For Windows 7, you have to run the Command Prompt as an Administrator. To do that, just type 'cmd' in your Start menu’s search bar and right click the “cmd” icon that should come up and select 'Run as administrator'.
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