Why Doesn’t Windows Vista “Just Work?”

Since Tuesday I have been battling with the networking setting on my Windows Vista machine which have been somewhat flaky since I did a clean install a few weeks ago. I can’t figure out why since there are no warnings in Device Manager and I have it plugged into a hard wired ethernet connection. Somehow the network adaptor thinks it’s connected to multiple networks when it is really just my home network.

So I tried to roll back via System Restore but the earliest restore point has the same problem. Nothing in the Network and Sharing Center is allowing me to delete or merge the two networks the adapter thinks it is connected to. I can’t even figure out how to delete the adapter and start over as when I do this, Windows immediately reinstalls the ethernet driver and it returns to the same condition.

The bottom line is this computer does not connect to the internet where my Macs and Windows XP machines do. Shouldn’t Windows Vista “just work” particularly on something as basic as an ethernet connection? Shouldn’t it self-heal things like this?

If I can’t figure this out, imagine how frustrating the average user will be with this. All I can conclude is that Vista is not quite ready for prime-time.

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