Limited Access, Local only Wireless messages with Vista
by Darkonius - 7/12/12 6:37 AM
Hi there, let me start off by saying that I have very very limited understanding of the whole IPaddress, Network settings ect. Here is my problem: I travel for business alot, and as such I am constantly on Free or Unsecured wireless Networks at Airports, Starbucks, Hotels ect. I have a Toshiba Laptop that came factoy installed with Windows Vista Premium, but shortly after purchasing I upgraded to a Windows 7 family pack that I had purchased for my home PC (this was an oem product). I have done this for a couple of years now without ever having an issue but last week my laptops Hardrive crapped out so I purchased a new one and restored the system, because my Windows 7 was an OEM version and I now have new hardware (Hard Drive) it will not let me reinstall Windows 7 (another problem for another forum I am working with Microsoft Support to resolve this). However all of this has left me back running the factory installed Windows Vista. Now I am constantly finding myself unable to access the wireless connections I know to be good that I used all of the time before. It seems like Linksys routers are the worst about having this problem, I will log on for a bit and within a couple of minutes I will get an Error message saying I have Limited access, or local only connection. Usually I have to Disconnect from the Network and then Reconnect and hope I can finish my online work before my next Disconnect, This is driving me insane!!! I have read that this seems to happen alot to Vista/Xp users and I also read that setting my computer to a static IPaddress may resolve the issue, but from what I understand to do this you need to have access to log onto the wireless Router you are using to connect? If so that's a problem for me, because they are not my Routers, as I said before I Travel and am constantly on others. Can anyone help with this until I can get my Windows 7 back? I really need to be able to work online for more than the 2-10 minute windows I am getting now.