Oooops. DUH! Yes, you're so right about running updates as i described as it does need an internet connection! So then if you could do just steps 1, 4 and 5 in my prior post! /* EDIT */ By the way, the fact that you see a Wireless connection icon (you just showed me) run ipconfig /all again. Does it still not display anything??? (As you have a wireless connection icon i would expect the adapter name to appear under ipconfig /all - even forgetting whether its setup/config data is correct or not the adapter itself, is it there? /* EDIT 2 / In addition, if you look along the left margin of the screen image you showed me, you'll see Network Tasks. Underneath you;ll see Create a New Connection try clicking that and see if you can create a Local Area Network connection for the LAN adapter (as you already have one shown there for wireless. ALSO, try ipconfig /all again and what does it display?