Cannot connect PC to network or internet


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I am stuck! Also I apologize in advance if this is not in the right forum.

I am trying to work on a friend's Windows 7 desktop PC (Dell Inspiron) at my house, but I cannot connect to my home network or the internet to download malware scanners/removal tools, updates to MBAM, etc. First I was trying with a wireless adapter that it known to be good. The network sharing center would say it was connected to the network, but there was no internet connection. Then I tried plugging in an Ethernet cable. The network sharing center just kept saying "searching for network" but never would connect. I tried disabling then re-enabling the network adaptor, and I reinstalled the driver.

Networking is not my strong suit, so is there some setting I may be overlooking?

It appears the PC on which I am working is already part of a homegroup; do I need to leave that group then try to join my existing one set up through my own Win& PC? I don't care about sharing files across the network (in fact I prefer not to in case this thing really is infected); I just want internet access on this machine.

Could some sort of malware be blocking access? I sort of doubt this since it was working fine at their home before they brought it to me.

I could not find any router settings or firewall entries that appeared to be blocking access (ZyXEL PK5001Z DSL modem/router provided by CenturyLink). Do I need to call my ISP tomorrow?

Thanks again; this community has always been helpful to me!


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Thanks! Static IP didn't work, and the onboard Ethernet adapter is not set to share connection. I tried flushing the DNS cache, and I reset TCP/IP per But the network and sharing center still just shows it as "identifying" when I plug in the Ethernet cable. the cable itself is fine; I am using the same on to connect he PC on which I am typing this.
Have you tried the following on command prompt?


can you see the default gateway? while using ipconfig?


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Thanks, I tried both of those commands. I cannot see the default gateway; it is blank.

When I ran one of the network troubleshooters, I got this message: "Either the Peer Name Resolution Protocol service (PNRPsvc) or the Peer Networking Identity Manager service (p2pimsvc) is not running. The Peer Networking Grouping service (p2psvc) depends on both these services in order to function properly." Windows could not repair it automatically. I'm googling that message now; if I find a fix I'll post here.


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Have you check in administrative tools to make sure these services were enabled? If not go into services in administrative tools and enable these services. This may very well get you up and running. They can be set at manual or auto. Hope this helps you out.


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I win!! here is how I fixed it: As suggested at I deleted "C:\Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking\idstore.sst". (the service was already stopped so I did not have to stop it manually). It still did not work after a restart, so I ran sfc /scannow from an elevated command prompt. Restarted, and voila! Internet access!!

EDIT: I just saw the response above. I was not able to manually start the PNRPsvc using task manager or the admin tools. But thank you for the suggestion!