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I recently ran into some trouble accessing Internet from any desktop app imaginable (IE10, Spotify, Dropbox, etc.), but all of my Metro apps work fine. I've tried all sorts of suggestions, including resetting Internet Explorer, disabling add-ons, but nothing seems to work. Even Safe Mode with Networking had no effect. Windows troubleshooters can find anything wrong, either.

I'm hesitant to "refresh my PC" because I'm running Windows 8 on Boot Camp, and I do not want Boot Camp to be unavailable (it's my only means to get back to Mac!)

I can browse the Internet with Metro IE, but with Flash unavailable at times, I can't use this for everything...

How can I fix this without resetting the entire install?

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Can you test with Chrome Desktop vs Metro - does the same thing happen? –  Karan Feb 24 '13 at 4:16
    
@Karan I tried. The installer downloaded, but since it's a desktop app, it couldn't download Chrome files! (confirms that all desktop apps are not connecting to the Internet properly) really strange...I'll still try to get Chrome somehow, though –  Ethan Lee Feb 24 '13 at 5:06

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Uninstall NVIDIA Forceware Network Access Manager. This fixed the issue for all desktop apps. I am happily answering this from desktop IE 10. :)

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Also, maybe contact NVIDIA so they can fix this... –  Mark Allen Feb 24 '13 at 5:36

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