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Windows 10 Lose of Internet Connectivity

A few days ago my wife reported that her Windows 10 laptop had lost internet connectivity. This isn’t the first time I’ve had to deal with this – my wife’s older laptop and my eldest daughter’s laptops have all had issues in the past (in the case of my daughters, it actually involved rolling back to an older version of the driver software, as the band-N driver wasn’t working correctly).

Disconnected and reconnecting didn’t cure it and in the end I went for the trusty reboot. That didn’t work so I went for a reboot of my router (even though everything else was online it was, at least, worth a try). Finally, I turned to command mode and ran an IPCONFIG /RENEW. That worked but I never understood why.

Until now.

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How to Download Windows 10

Windows 10 is being made available to users on a slow rollout basis. Not content with waiting? Here’s how to force it to be available.

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Windows 10 – First Installation

I finally had a prompt on my Windows 7 desktop PC yesterday to say that I could now update to Windows 10, so this morning I set the update running. All-in-all everything took less than an hour, which is pretty good going.

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Windows 8 and Default Gateway Not Available

My daughter has a Lenovo Z580 laptop running Windows 8.1. For a number of weeks she’s struggled with some WiFi connections. Sometimes she gets DNS issues, otherwise it’s Default Gateway Not Available. However, after looking at anything and everything I finally found that the issue was with the driver. Or, more precisely, the Broadcom 802.11n driver for Windows 8.1.

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Windows 10 – First Thoughts

Windows 10 is the next release of Windows. There’s been speculation and even some comments from Microsoft as to why it’s not named Windows 9 but nobody seems to be totally sure of why this is.

A “technical preview” of Windows 10 was made available at the beginning of October. This is a free to try version of what is, essentially, an Alpha version of the OS. I installed it to dual boot alongside Windows 7 on a spare laptop and I had and was impressed at its stability. When I came to recently rebuild my desktop PC I therefore decided to install Windows 10 on it as its primary operating system. So, how did it go?