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HELP? signing on to the Net?

I recently was given a computer from my job because they wasn't using it anymore. I took it home and signed it on to my wireless router with success. But when I go to get on the internet it won't sign on. Even Windows can't diagnois what the problem is. I do know the company only used it for intranet usage. Is there something in the security or something preventing this..HELP?

thegeeke1 year ago
1. Check to see if you are joined to a domain. Do this by clicking start, right click computer (or my computer in XP) click "Properties", go down to Computer name, domain and workgroup settings and see if it is joined to a domain. If it is, remove it from the domain by joining workgroup "WORKGROUP".

2. Check static IP and DNS settings

3. Use the troubleshooting guide here: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-troubleshoot-your-home-network/
If the computer was configured to only run of your work's network and internet than you may need to wipe the drive and install a new copy of windows on the machine. Don't reinstall a copy of your work's distribution of windows.
devandre1 (author)  mpilchfamily1 year ago
So does that mean I have to buy a new copy of windows? (And I know this is a dumb question) but how do I wipe it clean?
Yes buy a new copy of windows. You'll have the option during install to delete the current partitions while installing the new copy.
devandre1 (author)  mpilchfamily1 year ago
Thank you so much for the information
devandre1 (author) 1 year ago
It's Windows xp Professional
what OS is the machine running?