Checking network software
When the network is down, you have to determine which network is that. Is it the local network or the big network, the internet? Both of these networks operate together even if you have only one PC connected to a modem or router you still have a local network as well as the internet. When you have a connectivity problem, initially, find out what the problem is, whether the issues is from local network or big network, the internet, but in this article I am going to elaborate how to fix Network Software issues.
How to Fix Network Software Issues
To sleuth the problem, you start in Windows. To check the local network, summon the network window. Press the windows and e key combination and from the address bar choose network.
The window should populate with various network devices including other PCs on the network, network printers, media devices, and so on. If this window is blank, then the issue lies with the local network.
The second and more specific place to look is the network guy on the task bar.
If this icon shows a yellow warning sticker, then something is up with the network. Click the icon once to see a quick overview of the network’s status.
Here the network is connected, it says connected. For more details, right click the icon and choose Open Network and Sharing Center.
The network and sharing center is a part of control panel, you can see in the picture that the network access is available.
How to troubleshoot network connectivity?
If anything is wrong with the network, your first option is to run the network troubleshooter, simply click troubleshoot problems.
Choose the item you want to troubleshoot, for local network trouble choose the network adapter.
The troubleshooter may reset the network adapter which would solve the local network issue.
The internet connections troubleshooter would solve the problem that you are having accessing the internet.
Likewise, the incoming connections troubleshooter can help with unreachable websites, emails or other issues. These are all software solutions.
A hardware solution such as restarting the network, might also address the issue, which will be discusses later in other article.
How to update the network adapter driver
A final item to test on software site is to consider a network adapter driver update. To update a network adapter driver get into the network and sharing center window, choose change adapter settings.
Select the computer network adapter from the list, generally speaking the item should be called the local area connections (Ethernet).
Double click that item to open connection status bar, choose properties, in the properties dialogue box.
Finally from the network adapter properties dialogue box choose driver, and click the update driver button to update the driver.
Choose search automatically for the best driver, if a new driver updates were found, windows installs it, otherwise you would see that the best drivers are already installed.
Any problems beyond windows software are either hardware issues with the network or problems on the internet, in the other article we will discuss troubleshooting techniques for those issues.