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New dell studio desktop will not connect to internet with Vista

I have all my household computers on workgroup network but this new computer running Vista will not access the internet after it finds an unidentified local network.

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  • Anonymous Dec 28, 2008

    dell studio with vista will only get local access behind a router in my house. Other pc's connected to same router can get interntet access.

  • Ed Deguzman
    Ed Deguzman May 11, 2010

    Is your network wireless and why is it you expect it to access the internet on an unidentified local network ?

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Turn off the Windows Firewall and the firewall software (Windows Live one care) and you should be able to connect to the Internet without any problems

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