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HELP? signing on to the Net? Answered

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?

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thegeeke (author)2013-01-13

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: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-troubleshoot-your-home-network/

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mpilchfamily (author)2013-01-11

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.

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devandre1 (author)mpilchfamily2013-01-11

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?

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mpilchfamily (author)devandre12013-01-11

Yes buy a new copy of windows. You'll have the option during install to delete the current partitions while installing the new copy.

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devandre1 (author)mpilchfamily2013-01-11

Thank you so much for the information

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devandre1 (author)2013-01-10

It's Windows xp Professional

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tragicallyhip (author)2013-01-10

what OS is the machine running?

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