How to Change Access From Local Only

By Bryant Harland

The \"local only\" problem occurs with Windows Vista and Windows 7. The problem arises because of differences in the registry from Windows XP to later versions of Windows. In Windows XP, the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol, or DHCP, is disabled, while in the Windows Vista and Windows 7 registry, it is enabled. When trying to connect to certain routers, Windows Vista and Windows 7 cannot find the IP address.

Step 1

(If you already know the name of the network adapter you use to connect to the Internet, you can skip the first two steps.) Open the \"Start\" menu and go to \"Control Panel,\" then \"Network and Internet\" and then \"Network and Sharing Center.\"

Step 2

Click \"Manage Network Connections\" underneath \"Tasks.\" Either the wireless adapter will be listed, or a column with \"device name\" will show the name.

Step 3

Open the \"Start\" menu and type \"regedit\" into the search box.

Step 4

Open the \"regedit\" file that comes up. Navigate through: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SOFTWARE>Microsoft>Windows NT>CurrentVersion\\NetworkCards Look through the numbered sections until you find the one that has the name of your network adapter in its description. The string of numbers under \"service name\" is your network adapter's GUID. You will need the GUID in order to know which subsection of the registry to edit in the next step.

Step 5

Navigate the regedit through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE>SYSTEM>CurrentControlSet>Services>Tcpip>Parameters>Interfaces>{GUID}

Step 6

Open the edit menu and click on \"New\" and then click \"DWORD (32-bit) Value.\"

Step 7

Name the new value \"DhcpConnEnableBcastFlagToggle\" and press \"Enter.\"

Step 8

Right click the file you just made and then click \"Modify.\"

Step 9

Set \"Value Data\" to 1 and click \"OK\" and close regedit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not change other things in the regedit file unless you know what you are doing. Altering regedit can damage your computer.

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