In Windows 7, I have a WiFi network that shows up with a warning icon overlay and the "No internet access" description as shown in this image:

No Internet Access

The other network shown there is a VirtualBox VM, and is expected to show that way.

Plainly, this notice is wrong as I have been browsing with that connection all afternoon and used it to post this question.

What makes this message come up, and how can I make it go away?


I think I figured this out. In the "Internet Options" control panel applet there's a "Lan Settings" dialog with a "Autodetect proxy settings" checkbox. Unchecking that seems to have helped things.

Update A much better explanation of what is going on can be seen here:

  • I have the same problem at home, but on a wired network, I get the red cross saying no network - even though the connection works fine with internet and local network. I will try your answer when I get home and report back! – falter Apr 14 '10 at 9:05
  • I can confirm that this did not work for me :-( – falter Apr 19 '10 at 10:18

For me, it helped to restart the Network Location Awareness (NlaSvc) service.

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