Networking issue

rvvaquero

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Hi,

I thought I'd ask here because there are so many tech saavy members on this site.

I've got a Windows 7 laptop. I can connect wirelessly to a number of networks. However, I can't connect to my phone's hotspot. The laptop sees it, but it just rolls trying to connect. I can connect to the phone's hotspot with all my other devices with no problem.

Also, I am unable to open "Network and Sharing Center" on the laptop. It doesn't time out, it just keeps on trying. I'm guessing that these two issues are connected, but don't know how.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks.
 

Sean Mota

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Restart your phone and also restart your laptop. I will start with this first.

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Restart your phone and also restart your laptop. I will start with this first.

"The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind"

Thanks for the response. Both were restarted multiple times with no effect. What's strange is today when I got home everything was working normal. I'm going to run some scans tonight for virus/malware etc.
 

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Thanks for the response. Both were restarted multiple times with no effect. What's strange is today when I got home everything was working normal. I'm going to run some scans tonight for virus/malware etc.
Ok. If that does not show anything, you may want to rebuild the OS in the laptop.

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Make sure your computer is up-to-date in terms of Windows Updates. If a Windows machine stops seeing a network, something is probably intentionally blocking it.

If you're running third party antivirus with firewall features, make sure that's current also. I've encountered a couple of products that will block the strangest things when they are outdated.
 

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I saw an blog entry saying with Windows 10 Build 1809 that Edge requires IPv6. I think most home networks with modern equipment won't have a problem with that, but I wonder about businesses. I'll see if I can find the link. (Update: Here's a Reddit Link to the PSA: ) It looks like the Windows Store is also one of the "Must Support IPv6" Apps.

I know the OP said he has Windows 7, but I wanted to put this on folk's radar...
 

harshness

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I saw an blog entry saying with Windows 10 Build 1809 that Edge requires IPv6.
Windows has featured a IPv6 to IPv4 converter since WIndows 7, so the reasons not to use Edge remain with its feebleness as the leading IETF standards-be-damned browser.

1809 appears to be perhaps the most half-baked release ever (even after the first rounds of emergency patches) and, like most of the recent releases, things are getting worse (often in new and perplexing ways) rather than better.
 

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I heard that MS quietly yanked 1809 out of distribution.
 

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I heard that MS quietly yanked 1809 out of distribution.
They did, but after a little bubble gum and kite string, they've let it roll again for those who haven't deferred updates.

Microsoft has come to the point where their security bulletins are so vague as to not say much concrete about their updates. I remember when the updates came with a short description of the goal of the update. Now they all come with a generic message and a web link that may or may not be available.

The roll-up scheme prevents everyone from seeing that there have been so many dozens of updates over time. I did a fresh install of Vista Business a while back and it seems that with all of the service packs and patches, the whole bandwidth requirement was less than two updates to WIndows 10. Of course .net alone is larger than Windows Vista.
 

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