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How to Fix Windows Vista Unidentified Network Error


Fixing Windows Vista Unidentified Network Error:

Simple fix for the Windows Vista Unidentified Network Error

I had a call recently from someone saying that he had this Unidentified Network Error in Vista which made it so he couldn’t access the Internet on his laptop when he connected to his wireless router. If he used his Ethernet connection, the connection worked just fine. Since I don’t use Windows Vista, I wasn’t really familiar with the problem, but with a simple Google search I found out that it’s a huge issue and countless numbers of people are giving up on Vista just because of the Unidentified Network Error or just letting their computers gather dust as it does a great impersonation of a giant paper weight.

Hopefully updates will be made to fix this common error, because in the end, that’s part of the customer service experience while fixing the unidentified network error. If you want to have lifelong, loyal customers, you need to make the overall process with your service or product a delight. So we’ll be reviewing 3 quick steps to fix the Unidentified Network Error.

Vista Unidentified Network Error

3 Quick Steps to Fix Windows Vista Unidentified Network Error

If you see this “unidentified network error“, here’s a simple fix:

Open the Control Panel and click on Network Connections

1) Right-click on your connection that is having problems (this will be local area connection or the wireless connection) and select properties.

2) Under the Networking tab, uncheck the option for Internet Protocol Version 6, then click ok.

Right-click on your network connection again and select disable, then right click on it once more and enable it.

Or your can open the command prompt (start > type: CMD [hit enter]), then run: ipconfig /renew

Wait a couple of minutes and you should be set.

The Windows Vista unidentified network error should now be fixed.

Alternate solution to Windows Unidentified Network Error

If this still does not work, here’s another solution:

Click on START, then RUN, type: CMD and press ENTER.

Type the following and then press ENTER.


Restart the computer and see if the connection has been updated.

Following these quick steps will help solve the Windows unidentified network error.

Did this resolve your unidentified network error in vista? And if you’re on Windows 7, there’s a great resource to fixing the unidentified network error on Windows 7. I’ve heard from many people that this fixed their vista unidentified network error, I’d love to hear if it helped you!

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  • Gill

    Yea that didn’t work

  • Debz_69dude

    Did not work :(

    • Flavio Martins

      Just updated the instructions. Should be working now after a restart on Windows Vista.

  • themanagr

    Just updated the instructions and after a restart on Windows Vista it should be working.

  • Max

    Unbelievable….I have been pulling my hair out for at least a month trying to fix this problem. This took me all of 20 seconds to fix, using your instructions, thank you so much.

  • Makgolding

     Neither of these solutions solved my problem with a fresh install of Vista - with all the latest patches and drivers.. It was working fine then I got this ridiculous ‘unidentified network’ message. I mean, how helpful is that Mr William DeadBrain Gates! Over the years using win 3.1 95, 98, millenium, xp I have come to the conclusion that Microsoft is a majorly dysfunctional organisation that can’t get its basic operating system RIGHT

  • Zaki

    All i did was open CMD as admin and type ‘netsh winsock reset’
    Works perfectly fine after that.

  • VP

    The two solution you provided did not work for me. I followed Zaki’s command (‘netsh winsock reset’) and it worked.

    • Flavio Martins

      Great! I’ll update the instructions and add that step to make sure that everything gets cleared out.

  • problem?

    unable to contact your DHCP server???how to fix it?

    • Flavio Martins

      That’s an interesting one. I’ll have to look into that one. Have you found anything online?

  • rishabh

    my problem isn’t solved yet..

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  • garrie

    TWO THUMBS UP TO YOU!!! u’re an angel sent from above!!!! thank you thank you for sharing ur knowledge to us, who are not so expert on this problem. I always thought that the problem was on the connection itself and thank God i searched about this issue and found your instructions then after i followed, jaraaaaan! i can connect now! thanks a million! :))) More power.

    • Flavio Martins

      You bet! Glad it helped! And hopefully it’s good bye to that Windows error forever right?

  • garrie

    hello!! Maybe I just exaggerated things last time. You know, your steps are really helpful and did solve my problem but then I thought it did. coz’ after a day til now, I still experience the same problem. what should i do now? everytime i repeat ur steps, how come the answer is always “an error ocurred and can’t contact ur DHCP server blah blah blah….” THANK YOU!

  • johnfatdaddy

    I am getting ‘An error occurred while renewing interface wireless connection 70 : unable to contact your DHCP server. Request has timed out. No operation can be performed on local Area Conection while it has its media disconnected. an error occurred while releasing interface Loopback pseudo-Interface 1: the system cannot find the file specified.
    Help Please! I cannot solve this and have spent hours trying to get internet access for my daughters computer.

  • Kathy Privitera

    Hate to say this but it didn’t work for my computer/network problem. I received message back: unable to connect to DHCP

  • josooooo

    Nope none have worked. Thanks for the blog(?) though.

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