Networking issues are very much common in the Windows Vista operating system and this article discusses the Windows Vista help tips to get rid of the networking issues in the Windows Vista OS without encountering any errors.
Diagnose and Repair tool in Vista
The Windows Vista operating system comes with a built-in tool that helps the users to troubleshoot issues in the OS without getting into the details of the issue. The Diagnose and Repair tool in theoperating system is a much easy way for the administrators or the home users to get rid of the issues in the OS.
To use this tool, you will need to open Networking and Sharing Centre and then click on the Diagnose And Repair option located in the sidebar. You will be taken through the steps. You can then check your network connections to find and fix the issues with the connection.
If you have performed the basic steps to find the issues, but it has not been resolved, you will need to do some more advanced steps to resolve the issue. Here, at this step, you will need to check the IP address of the computer to make sure that the address is correct and matches the network and the default gateway address of the computer. Also, you will need to check and ensure that you have the DNS server and the default gateway IP address defined.
For this, go to Network and Sharing Centre and then select View status. Click on Details to see IP address, default gateway, subnet mask and DNS servers. If you find out that any of these values are missing, you will obviously experience network issues. You can also perform IPCONFIG /ALL command in the command prompt window to check the IP settings of the computer. After doing the steps, you will need to ping the DNS server and the default gateway to make sure that you are capable of communicating with them.
Windows Vista operating system also has a built-in firewall program that filter the data packets and thus allows the authorized ones to pass and block the suspicious and unauthorized ones. The firewall program of Windows Vista is enabled by default. This program blocks only some of the inbound and outbound connections for some of the applications. If you would like to know more on the firewall program in Windows Vista operating system, you may contact the Windows Vista help team.