How to enable DSL router Internet on Windows 7 on dual boot with XP Internet configured?

Drsunil V February 6, 2014
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Which settings are to be configured to enable DSL router Internet on Windows 7 on dual boot with Windows XP Internet configured on the same router?

In other words , the TCP/IP settings for IP address and other settings? Or any other like subnet mask etc?

And where to navigate for the settings for Windows 7? If the router is configured and working on same machine’s XP (dual boot) then on Windows 7 where and which settings must be tweaked in order to enable Internet?

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  1. Oron J
    February 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Open the Network and Sharing Center
    Click on "Change Adapter settings" (on the left)
    Open your adapter ("Local Area Connection" or Wireless network, as appropriate)
    Click on [Properties]
    Choose "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click [Properties]
    Change setting to "Use the following IP address
    Fill in IP address, subnet mask and gateway (router) address

    • Drsunil V
      February 14, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Thanks. Please note that on opening adaptor , there is no "Local Area Connection"
      Instead , there is icon named "Broadband connection" and on doing -
      Click on [Properties]
      Choose “Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click [Properties]
      Change setting to “Use the following IP address" but thereafter below there is option for "Fill in IP address" But NOT for, subnet mask and gateway (router) address

    • Oron J
      February 14, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      Alright, now we're getting somewhere! It sounds like what you have is connection to control a point-to-point connection (i.e. a modem), rather than an standard ethernet connection. To use a router, you have to use either WiFi or ethernet.

      Usually the easiest way to reinstate the LAN icon is to remove the network interface's driver, reboot and reinstall.

      Make sure you have the driver for the network card, just in case!

      To remove the driver, run the Device Manager, open the "Network Adapters" branch and identify the ethernet adaptor (it will often have the word ethernet or a reference the speed, 10/100 or GBE in it). Right click and choose "Uninstall".

      Now reboot the PC, and it will probably reinstall the card and reinstate the LAN icon. If it does not install the driver automatically, install the driver manually.

    • Drsunil V
      February 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks. I have read your answer carefully. Please tell how to install the driver manually , it is does not install manually. Is driver on a package to install from cd or already within installed system to re-install?
      Regarding this topic , I have got to know of two other things : 1) The LAN is to be enabled in BIOS setup , 2) The LAN drivers have to be installed. Please clarify whether the two things are to be implemented to resolve net lack through router's net

    • Drsunil V
      February 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Rephrased : Thanks. I have read your answer carefully. Please tell how to install the driver manually , IF IT does not install manually. Is driver on a package to install from cd or already within installed system to re-install?
      Regarding this topic , I have got to know of two other things : 1) The LAN is to be enabled in BIOS setup , 2) The LAN drivers have to be installed. Please clarify whether the two things are to be implemented to resolve net lack through WIRED router's net

    • Oron J
      February 16, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Driver installation varies from PC to PC, which is why I didn't go into it. On most PCs, the card will be detected and reinstalled automatically using the driver which was used previously.
      For manual installation, some PCs (e.g. many Dells) have a "Drivers" folder on the hard drive which will have the various drivers required for the PC. You will need to look around and figure out which one is the network interface card. If you can't find the driver there, it may be on a supplied CD/DVD (many PCs come with a disc specifically labelled "Drivers/Applications". If this too is not available, go to the PC (or network card) manufacturer's website, look for the exact model and download the driver for your operating system there.

      The installation itself is usually done as follows:
      If there's a "setup.exe" file in the installation folder, run it and follow the prompts on the screen. You may need to reboot the PC at the end of the process.
      If there is no "setup.exe", you'll need to let the computer detect the presence of the NIC (either automatically or by running the "Add a device" control panel), and point it to the correct .inf file within the driver's folder (as discussed above, this can be on the hard drive, on an optical disc or elsewhere). This can be a little tricky if you have a collection of drivers for similar cards, but Windows will not let you proceed with the wrong .inf file, which is helpful.

      Good luck!

    • Drsunil V
      February 18, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks. It worked. The name of ethernet driver was under "Other devices" in device manager of Win 7 Ultimate. and dissimilar to what type of spelling you mentioned. It was mentioned as "Ethernet controller". I was not sure but I uninstalled it and rebooted. It did not work and showed Code 28 error and asked to update driver. With no internet connection and local drive on which this new system installed did not fetch driver for it. Then I tried to update driver via drive on which win xp is installed and eureka! it updated and net began

  2. Oron J
    February 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Most broadband routers are set up as DHCP servers, which means that a PC with default network settings will work just fine with no tweaks necessary. That is certainly the case for Windows XP and Windows 7.

    • Drsunil V
      February 8, 2014 at 7:34 am

      hi. Internet on the windows 7 has not been estabilished automatically

      It is win 7 ultimate edition
      The dsl company has also provided Subnet mask settings which are not seen in Adaptor settings - Networking - Ipv4 properties in this edition

    • Oron J
      February 8, 2014 at 11:20 am

      OK, the answer really depends on the configuration of the router. If the router is set up as a DHCP server, then the default settings in Window 7 should work. Those settings can be found in the network adaptor's settings under TCP/IPv4 and are "Obtain an IP address automatically and "obtain DNS server address automatically". Other settings such as the subnet mask will be picked up automatically.

      If the router is not set for DHCP, then we'll need to know exactly what they are, or, you could copy the settings from Windows XP. In principle, there's very little difference in the network settings of XP and 7 (at the TCP/IP level anyway) so the same settings should work.

    • Drsunil V
      February 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Can you tell where are subnet mask settings located in windows 7 ultimate edition?

      They are not seen in adaptor settings networking

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