constant acquiring network address issue

  awest3 21:34 11 Mar 09

I'm a mite confused...I have an oldish laptop running XP SP3, it belonged to my company prior to my retirement and has lots of company type policies on cut a long story short I tried to remove these but just kept getting deeper into the do do..gave up and did a restore..only problem is that it now wont connect to my wireless router (SKY)..keeps saying acquiring network address. Now I've looked at previous answers to this query and tried a few to no avail...thing is whilst I'm wrestling with all this I accidentally hit the internet icon and got onto the internet..I can also get onto my email....if I'm not connected to the router how the heck is this happening...?


  awest3 21:44 11 Mar 09

even more confusded now.....went into internet options / connections / lan setting and switched the flag to 'automatically detect settings' on..rebooted and all seems ok...this is the very flag i had to switch off to get it to even try to acquire a network address...

I'll put solved against this this but I'm still scratching my head..


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