Adjusting Network Settings in Windows 7

Step 1: Bringing up the Control Panel

Click the Start button. Then, click Control Panel.

Click Control Panel

Step 2: Removing Bridged Connections

Once the Control Panel is open, click the View network status and tasks link.

Click View Network Status and Tasks

A list of connections should appear. If you see an entry titled Bridged Connection, right-click on it. A pop-up menu will appear. Click Remove from Bridge. Repeat this process for each bridged connection displayed.

Removed Bridged Connections

Step 3: Modifying the Adapter Settings

In the left sidebar, click the Change adapter settings link.

Click Change Adapter Settings

Step 4: Disable and Enable the Network Connection

Right-click the Local Area Connection icon. A pop-up menu should appear.

If Enable appears in the pop-up menu, click it and proceed to step 6.

Otherwise, if Disable appears in the pop-up menu, click it. Right-click the icon again. This time, click Enable in the pop-up menu. Finally, proceed to step 6.

enable the network

Step 5: Bring up the Local Area Connection Properties Window

Right-click the Local Area Connection icon. A pop-up menu should appear. Click Properties in the pop-up menu.

right click local area connection then click properties

Step 6: Bring up the Internet Protocol Properties Window

A Local Area Connection Properties window will appear. Scroll down in the This connection uses the following items: list. Click on the text (rather than the checkbox) for Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4). Then, click the Properties button.

Internet protocol

Step 7: Obtain all Values Automatically

The Internet Protocol Properties window will appear. Make sure the radio button in front of Obtain an IP address automatically is checked. Also, make sure that the checkbox in front of Obtain DNS server address automatically is checked. When you click the OK button in the Internet Protocol Properties window, you will be returned to the connection properties window. Click the OK button in the Local Area Connection Properties window.

Obtain Al Values automatically

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