Unidentified Network in WindowsThe Unidentified Network error is seen on Windows 7 PCs. The normal network connection is replaced with Unidentified Network and No Internet Access text. Also, the same thing is seen in the network connections’ taskbar icon. This disables the user to connect to the internet. The wireless network might work fine for a while, but then may show the error all of a sudden.

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However, this error can be solved. The solution may depend upon the system you use. So try out the following fixes and see if the problem is resolved with any.

Disable McAfee Network Agent

The McAfee Network Agent Service is one common culprit of this error. You have to disable this service to solve the error.

To disable the McAfee Network Agent, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Start menu or Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  • Type in MSCONFIG in the search programs and files space.
  • Press Enter.
  • Click on MSCONFIG in the search results.
  • The System Configuration window will open. In the System Configuration window, click on the Services tab.
  • In the Services section find McAfee Network Agent from the list.

System Configuration

  • When you find it, uncheck the box beside it.
  • Click on OK.

If you find any third-party firewall like McAfee firewall or Norton firewall, disable that too.

Update Your Network Card Driver

Updating your Network Card Driver can also be a clever fix. There are two ways of updating your driver: Windows and manually. The Windows way is pretty easy and doesn’t ask for much effort; however it doesn’t do a very good job, as you don’t get the latest driver (also there are other factors). The manual way requires some effort, as you have to download the driver yourself from the manufacturer’s website, but it is highly recommended, as you get the latest driver for your PC.

To update your network card driver via Windows, follow these steps:

  • Click on the Start menu or Press the Windows key on your keyboard.
  • Type in devmgmt.msc in the search programs and files space.
  • Press Enter.
  • Click on devmgmt.msc in the search results.
  • The Device Manager window will open. In the Device Manager window, click on the Network Adapters to expand the Network Controllers.
  • Then right click on the problem network card.
  • From the available options, click on Properties.

Network Adapters

  • The Properties window will open. In the properties window, click on the Driver tab.
  • In the Driver section, click on the Update Driver button.

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However, if (for some reason) that doesn’t work, you can try uninstalling and reinstalling the network driver after a restart. When you restart your operating system, the Windows will automatically reinstall the driver. But if it doesn’t you can manually download the latest driver and install it to fix the issue.

Restart Your Router And Modem

The problem can also be caused by the router. So before doing anything else restart your wireless router and your modem to fix that. If you don’t try doing that you will waste a lot of time messing with your computer for no reason, as the problem might possibly be with the router.

Reset TCP /IP Stack

Resetting the network settings can possibly fix the error. When you reset the network settings, all problems with the TCP /IP stack will be resolved that will solve the Unidentified Network problem. You can reset the network settings by running the Microsoft FixIt.

The link for the Microsoft FixIt solution is given below:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/299357

Upgrade Router Firmware

The problem can also be solved by upgrading the firmware on your router, especially if you have an old router that has never been updated. However, this is a bit technical process compared to all the other pre-stated fixes. You have to connect to your router through the web browser. Though, it might not be so difficult if you search Google for detailed step by step directions. That can make the process fairly simple and might even succeed in solving your problem.

Use One Connection or Bridge Connections

If your laptop or desktop has both an Ethernet connection and a wireless connection enabled, the error can be caused. In this case you can try disconnecting one connection. After you disconnect a connection, restart your PC and check if you can access the internet. If that doesn’t work, try disconnecting the other connection and check again.

Or you can try bridging the connections. That will fix the problem of both the networks that are conflicting with each other. However, if you don’t like this method, you can always un-bridge the connections later on.

To bridge the connections, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Network and Sharing Center.
  2. In the Network and Sharing Center, click on Change Adapter Settings.
  3. After that select both the Wireless Network Connection and the Local Area Connection.
  4. After selecting the two, right click on either one.
  5. From the available options you will see the Bridge Connections option.
  6. Click on that option.

Bridge Connections

Check Adapter Settings

This is more like a trick than a solution, as it can be something random.

To check adapter settings, follow these steps:

  • Go to Network and Sharing Center.
  • In the Network and Sharing center, click on Change Adapter Settings.
  • After that right click on Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection.
  • From the available options, click on Properties.
  • The Properties window will open. In the Properties window you’ll see a box that says This connection uses the following items. This box contains a list of protocols that are being used by the network card to communicate. If you’ve a network related VPN software (or something similar) installed then you will see strange extra stuff listed there.

Local Area Connection Properties

  • Locate the extra stuff and uninstall those items.
  • After removing them, restart your PC.

Disable Virtual Ethernet Adapters

If you have some virtual machine software installed in your PC, disable those adapters by going to Device Manager. In Device Manager you’ll see these adapters in the Network Controllers key. Once you disable those adapters, you won’t be able to connect to the Internet from your virtual machine. So when you want to do that, you can re-enable those adapters.

After disabling, if the problem goes away, you should upgrade your virtual machine software to the latest version. That might be more compatible.

Enable /Disable Network Connection

To Enable /Disable the Network Connection, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Network and Sharing center.
  2. In the Network and Sharing center, click on Change Adapter settings.
  3. After that right click on the network adapter.
  4. From the available options, click on Disable.
  5. Wait for a little while.
  6. Re-enable the network connection.