1217 As the “Great One” would have said...


Here is the case of a fairly new Compaq laptop running Vista that could connect to some networks, but not others. Then, could only surf on those with Firefox, not Internet Explorer.






I had known it all along! Would have tried it earlier (had uninstalled whatever Norton stuff I could find in the control panel Program and Features section but did not think the removal tool would work without an Internet connection! Only cost me a day and a half of my life to learn that one. I had already put the removal tool on the computer as part of my standard operating procedure. I just never ran it!

As the “Great One” would have said...“Norton!!!!!”

You can probably find the latest version of the tool here.






Now to work my way back to clean (uninstall some programs and reinstall others) and do a standard clean and tune.

First to go is Pure Networks Network Magic, which was no help at all and is already to teasing me so much I am starting to stutter.




Below are some notes I made while I worked my way through this one. Hope the help you.


Network and sharing center shows

Unidentified Network (public network)

Access Local only

Connection Local Area Connection



Possible search terms/descriptions of problem


Unidentified Network (public network)

Access Local Only

Connection Local Area Connection


Checked and it is not on SP 1

Install SP 1 – no change



New Forum to check








Clicking on the RED X between the “Unindentified Network” symbol and the Internet Symbol in the Networking and Sharing panes gave me the decisive clue


"The following policy might need to be adjusted to allow Windows to connect:

'Policy Provider:-
File Name: SymNetDrv Firewall Filter OUTBOUND_TRANSPORT_V4





tunnel adapter local area connection


firefox can and ie cant






Yet another Vista "Local only" and "Unidentified network"..





What did the trick for me was to open the Manage Network Connection -> run ncpa.cpl

Press the ALT key, so the old style xp menu bar shows (The one with File Edit View Tools Advanced Help), click on Advanced and then Advanced Settings.

Under Adapters and Bindings, in the Connections: box, select the correct network adapter and use the arrows at the right side of the box to move it to the top. Mine was almost at the bottom.

In the box below (Bindings for Local Area Connection

i checked the IPv4 option in both File and Printer Sharing for MS Networks and Clients for MS Networks.

Pressed the OK button at the bottom and rebooted my computer.

I Tried that don’t see any difference.

What was interesting here is how to access the XP style Network Controls.


I also uninstalled the Symantec Network Security intermediate Filter Driver.

No Joy

From Programs and Features I uninstalled the drivers for the Nvidia and Atheros network adapters.


How to rebuild TCP/IP Stack in windows Vista


Search Google for:


“How to rebuild TCP/IP Stack in windows Vista”





In order to rebuild your TCP/IP stack, issue the following command via Start > Run…:


netsh int ip reset c:\tcpiprebuild.log


If no errors are reported, you should be good to go. All events related to this command will be logged in c:\tcpiprebuild.log.



This one looks promising.




Open an elevated command prompt


Once at the command prompt, type: netsh int ip reset iplog.txt.


The last part of the command: "iplog.txt," is the filename of the logged

results of the command if you want to view it. The name can be altered as

you wish.


The thread continues to other Vista network troubleshooting procedures. Good thing, because rebuilding the stack did not solve my problem. I am still not getting a working IP address on the network.


Ok, try removing the network card from within device manager and rebooting.
It should re-detect the card and re-perform all of the bindings.


In this case the adapters are:


Atheros AR5007 802.11 b/g WiFi Adapter

Nvidia nforce Networking Controller


Well this may not be as easy a move as it sounds. As soon as I uninstall the Atheros adapter it almost instantly reinstalls itself. The Nvidia doesn’t seem to uninstall at all. In any event, it has not cured the problem.


Reading further down the post revealed that I am not the only one this repair is not working for. Others with the Vista “Unidentified network” problem are failing to find the answer as well.


The last post in this thread offers the following advice and link.



You may have 3 methods to remove and re-install the TCP/IP on Vista. This
how to may give you more details.

How to uninstall and reinstall TCP/IP on