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Windows 7 annoyance 3: repair network
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Written by Ian Edwards   
Friday, 08 July 2011

Not had much time for keeping this blog updated lately but another thing thats getting on my nerves about Windows 7 is the way network connections are managed. If you wanted to "reset" your network connection (for example after a change in configuration) in XP you could right click the icon for your network adapter in the system tray and select "repair". This would do useful things like flush the DNS cache, re-aquire ip address if using DHCP .. etc.  This useful feature now seems to be gone in Windows 7, instead  you are offered a link to a network troubleshooter (two clicks instead of one). It's not clear to me technically what this does, and what it does seems to vary depending on what it thinks you are trying to do at the time. It isn't as obvious as "repair", isn't as easy to access and isn't as useful. Another giant leap for mankind.