It’s one of the first questions that we ask clients when we’re helping diagnose a problem with a network resource. There are several different ways to determine your IP address. There’s even a website, whatsmyip.org which will show you what Internet servers think your IP address is.
In this post, I describe how to determine your IP address(es) on Windows 7 using the control panel. You can also use the ipconfig command-line tool, but if you know about that tool, you probably don’t need me to tell you about it.
Network and Sharing Center
One of my favorite aspects of Windows 7 is the search feature in the start menu. As you type a search term, Windows will show you matching programs and documents.
As a case in point, you can type Network in the Start Menu search box, and click the Network and Sharing Center control panel item in the search result.
Alternatively, you can open Control Panel, then Network and Internet, and then click the Network and Sharing Center item.
Using Process Explorer to view process integrity levels
A friend asked me how to open a Control Panel applet As Administrator. In Windows Vista, when you see a little shield icon as part of a button or shortcut, that would indicate that you would get prompted by the User Account Control (UAC) facility to elevate the process Integrity Level, that is, to run it as an administrator with full rights to muck with the system.
In Windows 7, the frequency of UAC prompts has been reduced. You will still see the shield icon, but sometimes there’s no UAC prompt.
You can use Microsoft SysInternals Process Explorer tool to view the integrity levels of running processes. On campus, you can run the tool from \\files\software\utilities\sysinternals\procexp.exe. Once you’ve started Process Explorer, there are two things you’ll want to do:
From the File menu, select the Show Details for All Processes option (you noted the shield icon, yes?).
From the View menu, choose Select Columns and check Integrity Level item (on the Process Image tab; see below)
Scott Hanselman is a consistently good source of useful info and commentary. Recently, he needed to change which drive his computer used as its System drive, which is to say the drive containing the boot loader and configuration.
( N.B. For some reason, the “System Drive” contains the boot info, and the “Boot Drive” contains the operating system. Why could this not have been corrected?!)
If you enjoy Pandora‘s online music service, and you’re using Vista or Windows 7, you might enjoy the Pandora Gadget. I find it convenient because I don’t accidently close the browser window and stop the music.
Enter the code above and attempt to reactivate. If it works, you should be all set. If it doesn’t, the following steps will help identify the issue.
Gathering data is essential to fixing problems. If you ask me (or other IT staff) for help with Windows activation, the first thing I will ask from you is the output of the commands below. I recommend opening a text editor and copying all the commands and output into a file, which you can send to us if you need additional help resolving the activation issue.
NOTE: All these steps require running commands from a console window (cmd.exe), which you may need to run As Administrator. These commands work in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
1. Run ipconfig /all to capture current IP configuration information. This could tell us whether the system is in a netreg-ed subnet and needs to register at http://netreg.uvm.edu, or if there are other basic network configuration problems. We really just need the Ethernet adapter, assuming that’s what is being used to connect the system to the network. We don’t need all the additional tunneling adapters, etc. If someone is using a wireless adapter, possibly with the VPN client, then info about those adapters also should be captured.
2. Run a DNS query to make sure the system. (Note the space between srv and _vlmcs):