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Old 05-21-2016, 08:50 AM   #1
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No internet in Windows 7 in dual boot with linux mint 17.3

I recently installed a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17.3 (64-bit). There is no problem connecting to the internet with Linux Mint, but when I run Windows 7, there are no network connections available. Nada. Zip.

Previously I had only Windows 7 installed, and no problems. With the dual boot system I have tried resetting the browser and the ipstack in W7, but that has not helped, with or without rebooting.

I really don't need to use W7 online except to "activate" W7. Having the W7 key is not enough. I have to connect online to activate it. (This seems totally pointless except as a way for intelligence agencies to gather data on my activities. If so, they must not understand the level of boredom they are in for.) I cannot contact Microsoft by telephone to activate it, because Microsoft doesn't support telephone activation for where I live (Chile).

So, I am wondering how simply having Linux Mint (essentially Ubuntu) as an alternative boot option interferes with W7 networking and what I can do to fix the problem. The only fix I have found googling around is to uninstall both systems and go back to W7, losing the advantage of the dual boot. I'll do that if I have to, but not having the dual boot would be a grievous loss. Nor can I do that and then go back to dual boot, because once again Microsoft will want the "new" installation activated.
Old 05-21-2016, 09:59 AM   #2
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That is an unusual problem, though I vaguely remember another thread somewhere with a similar problem. Do post details of your hardware, particularly your network hardware. One suspects a firmware install by Mint being responsible.
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You can't activate it through linux that I'm almost 51% sure. Never heard of it at least.

I'd just fix your network. I'd assume you need a driver or simply configure the settings. Dual boot would have nothing to do with network for the most people. That's like 99.9999% sure.

Many ways to check. I'd go to system and see what it says for Device Manager / Network adapters first.

MS has a ton of documentation too on how to configure a network adapter and although it doesn't work here you have sometimes choices to click on a fix button.


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