Windows 7 (64bit) used to load the Network "dialer" (I have DSL) at bootup or whenever a connection was not present, but a few days ago, it suddenly stopped. I must now start my Internet connection manually via a shortcut on the desktop. I don't prompt for a password, but I don't want my PC connecting w/o me for security reasons (eg: catching viruses/adware that try connect to the Net to upload my info or send Spam.) This is how I've connected since Win98. I thought maybe I had disabled something necessary from "msconfig", but I put everything back and it still doesn't work. I've also tried putting the shortcut in my Startup folder, but Windows just ignores it. (???) I remember having this same problem years ago with XP but forgot how I fixed it. Anyone have any ideas?