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Wifi Network Locations Oddity..

Q: Wifi Network Locations Oddity..

I am using Windows 7 Pro on a Dell laptop, and frequently use the attwifi accesspoints at Starbucks. I've noticed that nearly every time I go to a different Starbucks, upon connection to the access point, I get the Network type (home/work/public) dialog, where I select public and the dialog creates a new network location like "attwifi 1" "attwifi 2" and so on.. I realize I can merge and delete the additional "attwifi x" locations, but am wondering WHY these get created?? Is windows tracking the AP MAC address to cause these additional network "locations" to be created? and is there any way to stop it from doing this?? no big deal if its just Windows trying to be secure.. My OS of choice is Ubuntu, but my work requires me to use Windows currently..


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A: Wifi Network Locations Oddity..

Quite normal. And yes, Win 7 has a table of addresses for this purpose.

You can have Win 7 autoconnect to your attwifi location if you desire.

I frequent several Starbuck shops. And yep, there is a different one for each router.

Personally, I like the feature.
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A:BSoD when using WiFi in Specific Locations

Try the latest wireless driver from the PC manufacturer's web site.

Try the driver directly from Intel's web site.

Any difference?
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To be more exact, I was able to connect ok at these 2 locations - but there was no internet access. From reading, I suspect a 'DNS' issue of some sort, but I don't know how to go about remedying it.

Can someone please help?

Thank you.

A:No Internet Connectivity At Some Wifi Locations

If you have DNS failures at certain spots, you can fill in some known good DNS hosts like (Google) to get around whatever the broken value is.

You'll have to hand fill in the rest of the stuff that DHCP from the WiFi unit gave you by hand as well. You can get that by opening a dos prompt and typing in "ipconfig"

Then hand fill in the ip address, netmask and gateway, but use for the DNS in your adapter TCP/IP settings it should work.

You can also do it entirely from the command line using this to get interface names:
netsh interface ip show config

Then use this to set just the DNS:
netsh interface ip set dns "WiFi Connection" static

The "WiFi Connection" value will be the name of your wifi adapter, whatever that is, change it to match what you found using the first command...
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A:Another Windows network oddity

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I have one question to ask regarding Network Locations. Each time I connect to the Internet it creates another Network Location. At the moment it has reached 113. I found this whilst hovering my mouse over the Network Icon and looking in the Network and Sharing Centre/Customise/Merge or delete locations. Now this is not causing any problems with my connection but I think there must besome means of stopping this happening and filling up the space rapidly in that folder.

Can anyone advise on this please, or is it normal and I should leave well alone?

A:Network Locations

Hi Kathandbrian,
You get the Network Location request is beacuse you said you use a 3G Modem to connect to internet. So everytime you connect to internet your ISP assigns you with different IP address & address Classes. So vista thinks that this is a new network and askes you to Save the network location. You can either request your ISP to give you a Static Ip address which i dont think they would do or you can stop THe Network Location thing poping up by doing some modifictions check the following link to do so.

Set Vista Network Location Category Script Code

Hope this Helps

Cheers !!
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A:Merging Network Locations

I'm still searching for the See Full Map.
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Looks like nearby wireless networks from neighbors that you're now picking up?
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A:Managing Network Locations

I'm not sure i understand this, your network name, as in the SSID name of your wireless network? If so the only place i know that shows your SSID is in the listing in the network icon next to the speaker icon (bottom right). When you connect via LAN, are you saying the SSID that you can see from the location i mentioned, reverts back to the old SSID name?
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A:Unknown Network Locations

Probably some nearby devices your WiFi caught, doesn't mean it has connected with them.
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A:Network Locations/Media Devices

Not sure how this might have happened Right Click any where in This PC.. choose add a network location.
In the Type the location of the item \\Name of the shared device you want to open.
Then name the shortcut. Double click the shortcut it will take you to the device. I did this 3 or four times then the computers started showing up.
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one old program I use is frontpage
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other than telling me not to use FrontPage - are there any ideas?

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A:Hide 'Network Locations' in 'My Computer'

Hello ErraticFox,

Do you mean to remove "Network" from the navigation pane?

Network - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8 Explorer

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A:Indexing network share locations

Hello Ktulu05

To index a network folder or drive, you must right-click on it first and select "Always Available offline".

Then it can be indexed, and added to libraries as well.

Simply right-click a folder, click "always available offline" and after sync finishes (or meanwhile) you can add it to the Libraries, no need to tamper with indexing options.

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A:Merge or delete network locations

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A:Network locations wont come online at boot

Hi there .. When you go in to Network Property's .. Do you have the box ticked that says connect automatically when in range ?
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A:Can't remove pinned docs from network locations

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A:Setting shell folders to network locations

Hey Yanta - welcome to 7 Forums.

I was thinking you could add the network location to a w7 library but after trying I get the same error about indexing. I have indexing turned off too. Windows help says -

If the network folder is not indexed, an easy way to index it is to make the folder available offline.

Personally I have this turned off too which doesn't work for me but might work for you.
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see below or attached

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A:Task Scheduler failing to start task with merged network locations

Try recreating the tasks. Sometimes task scheduler glitches. So, just try recreating and post again.
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A:How to declare locations as "inside your local network"?

I solved this problem on my computer by putting my ABSOLUTELY TRUSTED subnets in the Intranet Zone. The settings apply to Internet Explorer and to File Explorer - basically any connection(s) to machines in those subnets. They permit me to browse to my router and printers with Internet Explorer protected mode off, and to transfer files from server and workstation shares to my computer using File Explorer or mapped drives without the warnings or having to 'unblock' files after they were transferred.

IMPORTANT: The Intranet Zone is the most trusted and least protected zone. DO NOT put any subnets or IP addresses in this zone unless they are TOTALLY under YOUR control. That includes ANY public server, web site, subnet, or IP address.

1) Select 'Control Panel'/'Internet Properties'/'Security' tab.
(Alternatively, open Internet Explorer and select 'Tools'/'Internet Options'/'Security' tab.)

2) Highlight 'Local Intranet' and click 'Sites'.

3) Set the following:Uncheck 'Automatically detect intranet network'.
Check 'Include all local (intranet) sites not listed in other zones'.
Uncheck 'Include all sites that bypass the proxy server'.
Check 'Include all network paths (UNCs)'.
4) Click 'Advanced'

5) Uncheck 'Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone'.

6) In the field labeled 'Add this web site to the zone:', add your local, private subnet using an asterisk for a network mask and click 'Add'. E.g. If your home (local) network is with a mask of, enter '192.168.25.*' (without the quotes).

Notes for adding to this list:Entries can be: Individual IP addresses (e.g. '', etc.),
Class C subnets (e.g. '192.168.27.*'),
Class B subnets (e.g. '172.16.*.*'), or
Class A subnets (e.g. '10.*.*.*') You can add as many addresses as you need to the list
It can be handy add the address of a VPN subnet to the list if it is also private and you TOTALLY trust it.
7) Close out with 'Close'/'OK'/'OK' and close the Control Panel (or Internet Explorer).

Please reply back with your experience with these settings.
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A:Wifi Network info/details appearing behind Network List on hover.

The problem must be driver based or an add-on program because I don't get any of that. All I get is the name and whether it's connected or not. Check that your adaptor driver is up to date and/or the program you use to display the data is up to date.

Forgot to mention:
Dell adds "bloatware" to their PCs to "improve the user's experience" so I would check Dell Support for your specific model and look for updates.

Dell Support
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A:Specific network settings based on wifi network

You can go into IPv4 Properties of this NIC, then you can use the Alternate configuration tab to set up the alternate IP, or use the Advanced tab to add a static IP/gateway/DNS etc. to TCP/IP.
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Thank You

A:Adding Wifi Network to an Already Secured Network

Are those in the waiting room to be allowed into OR forbidden access to your Lan systems?

You already have

to Isolate the W.R from your lan, connect

Code: (assumed 192.168.1.x or 0.x)
+---new router (new channel+ssid+no encryption)
set LAN addresses and DHCP for 192.168.10.x

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A:SO! This Is An Oddity.. Or is it.

You have been very lucky
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A:DVD/Blu-ray oddity

After thinking about this odd behavior for a few days, an idea occurred to me. Could the encryption on the original be clobbering the Blu-rar read process? The copy process decrypts the data before the copy is created thus eliminating the problem.

Does this make sense?
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A:an oddity

indigoblues said:

i've recently run ewido, cleaner 40, and hjt. Once it was all said and done i can only see "windows classic" buttons and what not. I no longer have the option of blue, sliver, etc. Am i looking in the wrong place, or is it something else?
thanks!Click to expand...


Try right-click Start button and select Properties. You should see a Taskbar and Start Menu tabs. On the Start Menu tab, select Start Menu, then Ok.

-- Tom
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A:System Fix Oddity

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A:bootmgr Oddity

 I'd leave well enough alone.  The potential costs are very high and the benefits are very low.  If you can't restrain yourself, you should definitely have a system backup.  If fact having a full system backup is something everyone should do anyway.
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A:Office 2K oddity

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first off what are you doing still using AOL?
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A:Startup Oddity

This is easily solved:

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Once the new window appears tab along to boot.ini.

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I don`t know if this`ll help but it might. Look HERE.

Regards Howard
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I don`t know if this`ll help but it might. Look HERE.

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A:Wi-Fi connection oddity

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A:Networking oddity

Change the LAN IP of your router to ... This way, the wireless network will be separate from the wired ... no conflicts ....
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A:Pointer Oddity

Start by typing device manager in search
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A:readyboost oddity's

Have look here:

ReadyBoost - Setup and Use
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A:oddity on start-up

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A:A start up oddity

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A:Clock Oddity

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see screenshot for detail

ohh some details::
Running Win XP PRO SP2 OEM
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A:Windows Update Oddity

I use the same method you do for choosing my windows updates- (as I believe Microsoft's picker is broke when it comes to choosing what my system needs) - and I will say this is an excellent procedure - and many should follow your method for updating.

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A:BIOS oddity: has anyone else noticed?

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A:Copy/Paste Oddity

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A:Quick Launch Oddity

from what i could find, it seems to be a windows NT data migration tool, nothing to worry about.

Your not seeing any errors or anything are you?
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A:Persistence of performance oddity

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A:Office doc replacment oddity

Hi there,

I'm a unix administrator and we are also experiencing this infection on a lot of our shared drives for the last day or so. We are still unsure of how the virus infects a users personal machine or propagates, I can see that once an infected user tries to open a word or excel doc on a shared drive it creates the three files mentioned in that particular directory and then scans the shared drive hidding all word/excel docs and creating .lnk files as already explained.

Symantec is now able to detect the thumb.db2 file as a trojan virus but we have found 4 different sized versions of this file and are having them all checked out.

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