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When my system starts up, the internet connection is dead. This causes various problems with startup items such as updates and auto-start programs failing.

However, the connection is fine after going into Network and Sharing, Change adapter settings, then disabling and re-enabling the adapter.

Any suggestions on why this is happening and how to fix it?

System summary: Windows 7, 64 bit, Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller, Linksys WRT610N router, Sci Atlanta cable modem.

UPDATE: Lately, the network connection for the system mentioned in this question is working about 80% of the time after startup. Have since updated to W7 SP1.

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Have you removed and reinstalled the adapter drivers? –  goblinbox Mar 7 '11 at 0:13
@goblinbox - Yes –  bill weaver Mar 7 '11 at 19:17
If no more suggestions show up and i don't identify the problem in the next few days, i'll probably accept @Jaymz87's or @Scott McClenning's answer. –  bill weaver Mar 10 '11 at 15:04

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I had this issue on a friends machine. Seems to be a problem with some Windows 7 installs. The only "fix" I could come up with was to create a batch file with the following:

netsh interface set interface "Local Area Connection" disabled
netsh interface set interface "Local Area Connection" enabled

And have it run on Windows startup. (Replace the "Local Area Connection" with the name of the interface you want to disable/enable)

A little hacky, but it worked.

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When you boot and the connection is down. I would look to see if any services that were set to startup automatically, but are not currently running. Perhaps some network related service failed (firewall or something). If the service is not running but set to run automatically, try starting the service and see if the network connection works. If so, then you can set in the properties of the service to attempt to restart on failure. (I guess all these failure would be in the system log, that may point you in the right area.)

I had a firewall service that would fail, I set it to restart on failure and then it eventually would work after boot.

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The way I see it, it works like this:

  1. Boot up windows, it sees "Network" Which is not actually the correct network, but its default imaginary network that it enrolls in, even when there's no cable plugged in.

  2. I power cycle my router (unplug, replug) briefly, just as long as it takes to unplug-replug the power in.

  3. Windows then comes up with "Network 2" as my default network and joins the internet and network.

  4. When I shut down, it immediately forgets that network exists, and defaults back to its imaginary "Network" to again annoy me for no reason at boot-up.

Minding you this is on a fixed cable, with my wireless card disabled completely.

I have no permanent solution, I have to just power cycle my router every single time. Disabling and re-enabling the network doesn't fix it for me.

Hope this helps someone FINALLY find a REAL solution to this. This junk has been happening since day one with Win7.

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I went in and deleted "Network" so that it would hopefully default to Network 2. It did in fact default there, but it still doesn't see the router/network until I power cycle it again. –  Bob Sep 11 '11 at 8:53

Bit old, but for future readers check if you have Id_String1.6844F930_1628_4223_B5CC_5BB94B879762 in your services list. If so, stop it and disable it.

It's the Bonjour service that comes with Adobe CS3 products. Worked for me.

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I had the same problem when using a Static IP address. I changed my configuration to DHCP and reserved the IP address on the router (effectively making it static). I also set the Alternate configuration so that my "static" address remained if the router was down for any reason.

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