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I haven't a windows machine to run a sniffer on to figure this out myself, so I'm here.

When Vista or 7 connect, they then do something and report either no connectivity, local only, local network only or connected to internet. (paraphrased)

Where do they connect? Might it be a simple DNS request? or are they pinging Microsoft.com or such?

My friends won't give up their computers for a short bit while I test this... but that's ok, I do maintenance for them, so one'll be here in a few weeks... it is windows.

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It's a DNS request followed by an HTTP get of a text file, both from a Microsoft controlled domain.


Edit:

Effectively

"Network Connectivity Status Indicator"

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Any chance of obtaining those urls? –  lornix Nov 5 '10 at 20:48
    
    
Thank you. I appreciate this. –  lornix Nov 6 '10 at 19:36

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