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Local Access only

2011-03-14 – Update: Please make sure to first try the automated fix provided by Microsoft in the knowledge base article (look for the “Fix it” icon).

Recently I had issues with Windows Vista where it would get on a network, but would only have local access (i.e. “Access: Local only” in the Network and Sharing Center). After spending about an hour and a half I finally stumbled across the solution. Once again, the solution was hidden in a forum, and the Microsoft knowledge base article was fairly hard to follow. So, here are the steps summarized for quickly fixing this1.

  1. First we have to find the name of network adapter that you are using to connect, you can skip this if you know the name of your network adapter.
    1. Open Network and Sharing Center (Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center)
    2. Click on “Manage network connections” under “Tasks” on the left side.
    3. Note the name of the device in “Device Name” column for the connection that you are using (e.g. Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection)
  2. Now we have to find the GUID of this adapter.
    1. Open the registry editor: Start > type in 'regedit’
    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkCards\
    3. Look through the numbered sub-keys and jot down the “ServiceName” for the one that has the name of your network card in the “Description.”
    4. Keep the registry editor open because we will be changing another key in the next step.
  3. Once you have the GUID of the network then we have to toggle the broadcast flags.
    1. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces
    2. Now follow the resolution in the Microsoft knowledge base article
    3. Make sure to set the DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag as described in the “More Information” section of the knowledge base article.
  4. Finally, restart the computer.

Hopefully, after restarting the computer you will be able to access the internet.

1Disclaimer, before playing around with the registry make sure to back it up first.

A Few Other Things to Try

Here are a few other things to try in case the above doesn’t work. These are based on the comments that people have left below.

  1. Try uninstalling the wireless card drivers, restarting the computer and then reinstalling the wireless card drivers (see your manufacturer’s website). This seems to have fixed the issue for a few folks.
  2. Try resetting your router.
  3. Try the automated “Fix it” in the Microsoft Knowledge base article.
  4. Try a different channel.
  5. Try changing the IP address range (generally 192.168.0.xxx, change to something like 192.168.9.xxx).
  6. Try a different security method (WEP vs. WPA). Please understand the this change because it might leave your wireless network vulnerable.
  7. Try the same security method with access control list (example) on the router disabled.

Comments

6:37 p.m. Saturday Jan. 17, 2009 (about 7 months, 1 week after publishing)
Vista IP Issues Andy
The remedy suggested by the microsoft article didn't work for me. I have a Netgear DG834GT ADSL router, which I had previously been using with a Windows XP laptop. When I was forced to replace that laptop, its replacement was one running Windows Vista Home Premium and I immediately ran into connection problems. I could connect to AOL via the router if I used an ethernet cable but not wirelessly. For some reason the router would give the laptop an IP address when using the cable but not when I tried to connect wirelessly, which was when I got the local access only message. A call to AOL provided me with the remedy to this. What I had been doing was to use the WEP security method with another security facility offered by the router, called Access Control, which relies on allowing devices to connect only if their MAC addresses are those you specify in the router's wireless settings pages. I automatically assumed this would work with the new Vista laptop. This turned out to be incorrect. AOL told me I needed to use the WPA-PSK security method, and a little experimentation showed me that this only works if Access Control is not used. Since then I have been connecting wirelessly without problems on Vista and I would say that once the configuration was sorted out it's been just as reliable as when I had my old XP laptop.
12:58 p.m. Monday Aug. 31, 2009 (about 1 year, 2 months after publishing)
RE: Vista IP Issues bob
This worked!!! Spent all morning trying everything. Thank you!
9:58 p.m. Thursday Dec. 29, 2011 (about 3 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista IP Issues Wonderbug
I created virtual SSID on my router and limited access to the MAC for the PC that was having the issues.
2:14 a.m. Thursday Apr. 12, 2012 (about 3 years, 10 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista Local Access Shadrach
My service provider reset my router to make it compatible and the problem was fixed.
12:20 p.m. Monday Sep. 14, 2009 (about 1 year, 3 months after publishing)
RE: Vista IP Issues Tech Supp
This is Crap. If you are using a Router. Try changing the wireless channel and reconnect to the network. If you do not have a router. Try to add the network manually. If it still not able to connect. Delete the preferred networks and try re connecting.
2:18 p.m. Monday Dec. 28, 2009 (about 1 year, 6 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista IP Issues casey
How do you change the wireless channel?
2:36 p.m. Monday Dec. 28, 2009 (about 1 year, 6 months after publishing)
RE: RE: RE: Vista IP Issues farhan
Hi Casey,

The channel is generally configured in your wireless router. Most of the operating systems pick up this configuration from the network so you shouldn't have to do anything on your computer once you have changed the channel on your router.
5:08 p.m. Saturday Jul. 2, 2011 (about 3 years after publishing)
RE: RE: RE: RE: Vista IP Issues Gary
I am still having problemns connecting to the internet....I get local access only.
How do I change the channel on my router?
9:08 a.m. Tuesday Jul. 5, 2011 (about 3 years after publishing)
RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Vista IP Issues farhan
Which router do you have? Here is a guide that talks about changing channels: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21132/change-your-wi-fi-router-channel-to-optimize-your-wireless-signal/
7:30 a.m. Saturday Sep. 22, 2012 (about 4 years, 3 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista IP Issues chrie
Faggot
6:53 p.m. Monday Jun. 4, 2012 (about 3 years, 12 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista IP Issues Todd
Why TF do you come to a PC support page then? Just to pound your chest about your platform of choice? Insecure little boy?!
10:25 a.m. Tuesday May. 7, 2013 (about 4 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista IP Issues Ash
The most unhelpful thing anyone could write. what an idiot! Get a life...
10:38 a.m. Tuesday Jul. 23, 2013 (about 5 years, 1 month after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista IP Issues Taylor
This worked for me. I went to another network, it said local only as well, and then switched back to my original network. Took a few seconds, but the little globe popped up. Success!
Glad I tried the short way before I took the long route. Thanks to the both of you for your solutions.
9:54 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 29, 2010 (about 2 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: Vista IP Issues Marc
It worked like a charm!!

I was scared to do it thinking I wasn't savvy enough to do all that, but it wasn't bad at all! It took about 5 minutes and it worked the 2nd I clicked apply!!

Thank you!!!

Marc
12:10 p.m. Tuesday May. 17, 2011 (about 2 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: Vista IP Issues DrMuzik
GET A MAC AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE THESE PROBLEMS!!!!!
7:20 a.m. Wednesday Mar. 5, 2014 (about 5 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Vista IP Issues topdollar
Don't buy a Crapple
10:53 p.m. Thursday Sep. 15, 2011 (about 3 years, 3 months after publishing)
RE: Fixing the local only internet access issue in Windows Vista Ammy
hi, I am having dell inspiron laptop with Vista home premium preinstalled in it. From around 3 years I am using GPRS (internet) with USB modem on it with no issue. It was working fine but automitically stopped working 15 days before. I tired each and every thing from diff forums but the "Local only access" message is fix .. now after trying many diff things I am getting the internet globe for 5 mins but it again goes to local only access. But within the 5 mins too no website is loading. I don't have any problem with my wireless and lan connection. They both are working fine(I hv tested). Its only for my nokia usb modem. I hav tried using GPRS from diff operators but it's givin local only access for all and when accessed internet in mobile all are workign fine.
Plzzz help.
3:47 p.m. Wednesday May. 2, 2012 (about 3 years, 10 months after publishing)
RE: Vista IP Issues millster
I updated the driver of my wireless adapter on a friends network and it connected when I got it home. worth a go if you are struggling. An extender also fixes it. :D
1:08 p.m. Sunday Jul. 15, 2012 (about 4 years, 1 month after publishing)
RE: Vista IP Issues Ian
After a week of trying to connect to free wi-fi while on holiday in cyprus i have finally connected, many thanks to the guru. First I tried to follow the microsoft knowledge base instructions but half the information was not there ie network adapters and guid service number- no steps to follow. So I followed the gurus steps and then followed the microsoft steps and finally it worked I can hardly believe it, I had the same problem last year in Malta but I did not have a smartphone with me to go to helpful websites like this one.
So many thanks I'm very pleased with the fix.
9:20 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014 (about 5 years, 7 months after publishing)
RE: Vista IP Issues lilbragger
I have a Motorola NVG510 and Vista with the same problem. I have tried all of these with no prevail, however I success connecting without security. In vista if you select the shared option in wireless security it is the same as using WEP, so I set my wireless to WEP and Vista to shared and everything works. Hope this helps others as it did me.
6:40 a.m. Sunday Feb. 22, 2009 (about 8 months, 2 weeks after publishing)
Local only network access Gerry Lowe
Thank you, this article fixed my problem, very helpful indeed, I don't think I would have totally understood the Microsoft article as written. What I can't understand is why the laptop and router worked fine for over 6 months and then suddenly stopped working.
3:17 p.m. Friday Feb. 19, 2010 (about 1 year, 8 months after publishing)
RE: Problems connecting to WPA-PSK wireless network... farhan
Hi Mark. If you can connect to one network, but not the other then there is a good change that this could fix the problem. Generally the routers are "backwards compatible" with this change so this shouldn't affect your existing connection and you shouldn't have to make any changes there.

Good luck,
Farhan
9:50 p.m. Friday Mar. 12, 2010 (about 1 year, 9 months after publishing)
RE: Fix access local only Imam
Thanks a lot Satya. We have been trying with this problem for a long time. It's fixed now. Thanks again.
3:08 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 16, 2010 (about 1 year, 9 months after publishing)
RE: Local Access Only. farhan
This is can be one of the causes. I would suggest troubleshooting with something like wireshark which might expose other possibilities.

- Farhan
11:19 a.m. Monday Apr. 12, 2010 (about 1 year, 10 months after publishing)
RE: Fix access local only easy doesit
do you people even check the issue instead of coming up with retarded ways to fix it? i mean seriously you obviously dont know what your talking about so go play warcraft and leave the it to the pros.
5:18 a.m. Sunday Aug. 7, 2011 (about 3 years, 1 month after publishing)
RE: didn't WORK Sam
Hi Guys !
It didnt worked for my friends case but this one worked
follow the same instructions as mentioned above (need not be) and addition to this
Just change your settings as mentioned bellow in the same service
i.e.,
Dhcpserver should be the same as that of DhcpNameserver
and try to have IP address similer to xxx.xxx.x.x
close restart and connection should be working
5:33 p.m. Sunday Aug. 21, 2011 (about 3 years, 2 months after publishing)
RE: Fixing the local only internet access issue in Windows Vista WillB
Satya's fix worked for me. I had applied the Microsoft Fixit previously which worked OK for about 3 weeks, but then the dropping off to local only started happening again. If it really is a Vista only issue then Microsoft should take a more active approach to fixing it. I considered upgrade to Windows 7 but it started to feel like sending good money after bad! Thanks Satya.
1:26 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 2, 2011 (about 3 years, 4 months after publishing)
RE: Thanks Tom Wilson
If the registry setting was different on Vista home Premium - why not post the difference as a token of your appreciation?
8:19 a.m. Sunday Jan. 15, 2012 (about 3 years, 7 months after publishing)
RE: Fix access local only john Owens
Thanks Satya,
Your fix worked ,after we had tried everything else.

thanks again,
John
11:02 a.m. Tuesday May. 15, 2012 (about 3 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: Fix access local only Guest
Satya's response worked perfectly for me! I'd been having problems off and on for hours and spent about 3 hours today trying other solutions.

If you're having trouble, try this! It would be one of the first things I'd try because it's so quick and easy to do anyway.
6:09 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 28, 2012 (about 4 years, 2 months after publishing)
RE: Fix access local only Waterybob
This is the one that worked for me. Many thanks.
5:46 p.m. Sunday Feb. 22, 2009 (about 8 months, 2 weeks after publishing)
local access only fix s scarlett
Thanks for the info - it didn't work for me but at least I could follow the Knowledge base fix with your help.
6:43 p.m. Wednesday Mar. 4, 2009 (about 8 months, 4 weeks after publishing)
access local only fix Eric
I had this same problem, Network Access: Local Only on a Lenovo X310 laptop with Vista Business. The client could see all network drives and folders but could not access the internet. I tried many other "fixes" but all failed. After 2 hours of trouble-shooting and rebooting I found this article. It worked perfect. Now I'm happy and the client (my boss) is happy. Thanks!
6:57 a.m. Saturday Mar. 7, 2009 (about 9 months after publishing)
Local network only Al Franco
Your fix helped but it is not the end all to my problem. I use fixed IPs on the local network and this fix won't work when the IP and DNS values are fixed and not established by DCHP.

Any ideas?
9:20 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 24, 2009 (about 9 months, 2 weeks after publishing)
RE: Local network only farhan
Sorry, Al, I haven't had to work with fixed IPs in a while. My guess would be that the DNS server isn't setup correctly.
7:27 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 24, 2009 (about 9 months, 2 weeks after publishing)
local only issue habib
wat do u mean by navigate to after you open the registry editor?
9:17 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 24, 2009 (about 9 months, 2 weeks after publishing)
RE: local only issue farhan
In the registry editor (regedit.exe) go to specified location in the tree on the left hand side. Every back slash denotes a level in the tree. Good luck.
8:03 a.m. Monday Apr. 20, 2009 (about 10 months, 2 weeks after publishing)
Local Access alanb
I was advised my the company that supply my router to remove the 3rd party firewall I'd installed in addition to Vista. Problem went away.
5:54 a.m. Monday Jun. 8, 2009 (about 12 months after publishing)
What do u mean by .. mRdamnCooL
What o u mean by"Make sure to set the DhcpConnForceBroadcastFlag as described in the “More Information” section of the knowledge base article" b4 that i have set it to "1",y need change back to "0".Cant understand
5:41 p.m. Wednesday Jun. 10, 2009 (about 1 year after publishing)
RE: What do u mean by .. farhan
You need to set that to 0 so it stops sending the DHCP discovery packets. That article has details on what and why: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233/en-us
6:57 p.m. Thursday Aug. 27, 2009 (about 1 year, 2 months after publishing)
Watch out for IP conflicts Puggle91
I had a client who received some 'assistance' from their broadband support tech. He had them connect via ethernet to their router and hard-coded the IP settings to 192.168.1.64. This allowed access to the router and Internet ok.

Following the instructions above we could still only get a 'local' IP for the wireless connection. I found the problem was caused by the IP allocated to the ethernet port being the first address allocated by the DHCP server built in to the router!!!

As soon as I changed the ethernet IP to one outside of the DHCP pool (or anything other than the first one) the wireless was able to obtain a valid IP and give full Internet access.

If you hard-code any IP addresses for any devices ensure they are outside the DHCP pool so no conflicts arise with any device trying to obtain an automatic IP.

I hope this helps solve a few lingering headaches.
4:35 a.m. Monday Aug. 31, 2009 (about 1 year, 2 months after publishing)
Worked!! Matty
After upgrading my Bluetooth adapter driver, my wireless internet gave me the problem as listed above. After following these steps, the wireless is working again. I've been monitoring it for almost 3 weeks and no problems. Thanks for making this simple to follow!
2:14 p.m. Wednesday Sep. 2, 2009 (about 1 year, 2 months after publishing)
thanks! charlie
after intermittent problems with vista "forgetting" how to access the wireless, this seems to have been the fix I needed. thank you!
10:42 p.m. Saturday Sep. 26, 2009 (about 1 year, 3 months after publishing)
didn't WORK dutty
i'm sorry, but this didn't work for me. Thanks though.
10:17 a.m. Friday Oct. 16, 2009 (about 1 year, 4 months after publishing)
Fix access local only Satya
Disconnect if u are connected to internet. Hold down windows key and

type R > in Run windows type services.msc click on OK > Click on

Continue > Look for service 'winhttp web proxy auto-discovery service'

turn this service on and change its startup type to autmatic.

Disconnect ur connection and conenct it again .access local only' will

disappear.
10:53 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 8, 2009 (about 1 year, 6 months after publishing)
vista local access only david
This worked. I edited the register per microsoft link and IT WORKED! saved alot of down time...I will forward this site to others in need of IT support.
2:22 a.m. Monday Jan. 4, 2010 (about 1 year, 6 months after publishing)
local only liv
Thank you so much. This procedure worked and saved my day.
6:03 a.m. Saturday Jan. 23, 2010 (about 1 year, 7 months after publishing)
Access Issue Angie
Thank you so much!!! I'm glad this worked..My brother was going crazy with out his internet. I feel pretty proud since im younger than him and I was able to fix the problem, with your article ofcourse =)..took a couple 'system restores' to actually work but Im glad it finally did! Thanks again =]
11:04 a.m. Sunday Jan. 24, 2010 (about 1 year, 7 months after publishing)
RE: Access Issue farhan
Lol :) I am glad this worked. Have fun!
6:16 p.m. Thursday Feb. 4, 2010 (about 1 year, 8 months after publishing)
Thanks Clive
After numerous other attempts at fixing the problem, this worked perfectly for me - thanks.
10:33 a.m. Tuesday Feb. 16, 2010 (about 1 year, 8 months after publishing)
Access Local Only Faisal Shaikh
Are ther any Sure Fix for this issue.
Tried All the steps provided but got no solution. i have Huawei E156G modem with 3 and this issue happensonly in Vista tried the modem on XP and Win 7 the modem is working fine .... please help
10:50 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 16, 2010 (about 1 year, 8 months after publishing)
RE: Access Local Only farhan
This was one solutions that I was aware of. If you have the latest drivers for the card handy (or can download from manufacturer's site) then I would suggest completely removing the specific network card through Device Manager (check the option to delete the drivers). Once you have deleted the drivers and card then scan for hardware changes and reinstall the latest drivers. Doing this might work.

Good luck.
7:51 a.m. Wednesday Feb. 17, 2010 (about 1 year, 8 months after publishing)
RE: RE: Access Local Only Faisal Shaikh
I tried the same it worked for 1 hr and then it gave "Local Access only" again. its a nightmare.
can i disable the IPV6 in the regedit.msc
5:20 a.m. Thursday Jun. 16, 2011 (about 3 years after publishing)
Access Local Only David
Faisal - did u ever resolve this issue ? I have been using Huawei on 3 for a long time with no probs and now suddenly I get the Local Only problem evry browser session (it seems to change to Local Only when the browser closes or a page completes). I've tried three or four of the various "fixes" but to no avail.
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10:33 a.m. Tuesday February 16, 2010 (about 1 year, 8 months later)
Access Local Only — Faisal Shaikh
Are ther any Sure Fix for this issue.
Tried All the steps provided but got no solution. i have Huawei E156G modem with 3 and this issue happensonly in Vista tried the modem on XP and Win 7 the modem is working fine .... please help
4:53 p.m. Thursday Feb. 18, 2010 (about 1 year, 8 months after publishing)
Problems connecting to WPA-PSK wireless network with Pavillion d Mark
I am having problems connecting to the wireless network at my place of work with my HP Pavillion dv9000 Vista 64 machine. The company uses WPA-PSK and I can get connected but I get "Access: Local Only" displayed in the Network Activity, and cannot access the Internet at all? I contacted their support but they said to contact the laptop's OEM for possibly an updated driver? I was going to try using the fix mentioned here, but does this mean I would have to revert back to the previous settings for my network at home that works fine without any changes?

Any help would be a appreciated!
Thanks.
12:07 p.m. Saturday Mar. 13, 2010 (about 1 year, 9 months after publishing)
Local Access Only. Ali Khan
I have followed through all the instructions and just restarted the computer...I am still getting local only :(
3:26 p.m. Sunday Mar. 21, 2010 (about 1 year, 9 months after publishing)
I let them fix it Dennis Marshall
I was having the same access problem. I just went to the microsoft link that was posted and at the bottom, clicked the fix it button. After the restart, the internet works perfect
5:07 a.m. Friday Apr. 16, 2010 (about 1 year, 10 months after publishing)
local access only flash
I had the local access only and had read somewhere else about a guy who plugged in a lan line connection and then unplugged it and suddenly his wireless connection was back to normal.

I tried this myself after a couple of days of other stuff and for some reason it has worked!!
Might not work for all, but thats 2 people and its easy to do for us lacking IT skills.
1:54 p.m. Friday Apr. 23, 2010 (about 1 year, 10 months after publishing)
Access Local only lilkuz2005
this worked for me, as soon as i clicked ok on the registry entry i was up and running on the internet again, thanks for the help, all this time i was thinking it was one of my routers on my network, but then i noticed that after rebooting my vista machine it would connect but then shortly after would go into local only access. thanks again for all your help. i think that M$ should have a patch/fix for this, just another point to show how much more reliable XP is over vista
4:08 p.m. Tuesday Jul. 6, 2010 (about 2 years after publishing)
Thanks Brent
Thank you so much. I had been trying various "solutions" for three days until I stumbled on this one... which worked! The pathway to the networkcards key was different in Vista home premium but once I found it, I was off and running. Very much appreciate you posting this!
12:49 a.m. Friday Jul. 30, 2010 (about 2 years, 1 month after publishing)
Fixing the local only internet access issue in Windows Vista stever
Thank you so much for posting this.

It worked for me and the detail you provided was excellent!
-Stever
11:38 p.m. Wednesday Sep. 8, 2010 (about 2 years, 3 months after publishing)
Can't Browse - Local Only Jamal
Can someone help me with the follow issue. I have vista and unable to browse in safe mode or normal. Initially, I was able to browse only in safe mode w/ networking. While trying to resolve the normal mode browseing, I screwed something up( I think when I deleted the winsock registry). Anyway in normal mode IE/Firefox would open and close. I'd installed Spyware Terminator and Perfect Optimizer and believed that resolved the crashing of the browsers. Then I was getting 169. ip addy. Resolved that. Now I get a vaild IP behind my modem, router & wirelessly, however the little blue bubble is not over my network icon on the task bar. I open the browser and get page can't be displayed. I've deleted norton and disabled Win Firewall. Been working this issue for 3 days...HELP!!!!
2:52 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 16, 2010 (about 2 years, 5 months after publishing)
vista problems tony w
I tried all of the above and they didn't work so I decided to install windows XP in place of the rubbish Vista - unfortunately having done this I was no further forward as I could not find the correct drivers anywhere on the internet, so I had to reinstall Vista using the manufacturers (Fug/Semans)disk - Hey presto, after having done so the computer connected to the internet no bother, so it may be worth reinstalling your Vista opperating system which is not a bad thing to do from time to time anyway - Microsoft are next to useless so the best thing to do really is to save up and buy an Apple Mac
12:39 a.m. Tuesday Dec. 21, 2010 (about 2 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: vista problems local access only on wireless Jim
Download and install the Norton Removal tool - This fixed my issue



http://us.norton.com/support/kb/web_view.jsp?wv_type=public_web&selected_nav=&pvid=&docurl=20080828154508EN
7:06 a.m. Wednesday Mar. 30, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: RE: vista problems local access only on wireless Mark
Norton removal tool worked for me too. Thanks Jim.
8:10 a.m. Monday Jan. 3, 2011 (about 2 years, 6 months after publishing)
Thanks Nathaniel
Tried "solutions" from several other sites before finding this one, which worked for me. Thanks!
8:49 a.m. Monday Jan. 3, 2011 (about 2 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: Thanks farhan
I am glad this worked for you :)
12:11 p.m. Monday Jan. 24, 2011 (about 2 years, 7 months after publishing)
FOUND THE FIX Lindsey
After reading pages upon pages of posts with people with the same problem, I finally figured out the solution by actually calling Netgear.

The router was connected to the internet and the laptop running Vista could connect to the router but NOT the internet. All externals like Ipod Touch and PS3 could connect to the router/internet, but the laptop always just said local access only.

After playing with all of the setting here, Ip6, reinstalling the driver, EVERYTHING - it still said local only.

I called support for the router and here is what he told me:

VISTA systems do not really support WPA/WPA2 security settings for the router. Seriously, that was it. He had me do the following:

Type 192.168.1.1 into an internet explorer browser (while you have the wired connection working - so the ethernet cord plugged from the router into the laptop).

On the lefthand menu you will see "Wireless settings" click on that and type in a new name for your wireless connection (You can put a 2 next to the current name or something).

Change the channel to 6

Change the security settings to WEP

scroll down - you will see a field for a passcode and then 4 keys. Keep everything blank except in the Key 1 field, type in a 10 digit number that you will remember (MAKE SURE TO WRITE IT DOWN). Click apply.

You can now unplug your ethernet cord. Go to start, connect to, click the new connection name you just made. Now if it asks you to press a button or type in the code, click the type in the code thingy and then type in that 10 digit code that you wrote down.

You should be connected wirelessly to the internet.
8:42 p.m. Monday Mar. 21, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Ken
Awesome...3 days and this is the only thing that worked!!
10:47 a.m. Saturday Feb. 12, 2011 (about 2 years, 8 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Chairman
I also tried everything on the page - the fix for me (using a HP Pavilion Computer connecting to a Cisco E3000 router) was changing from WAP2 to WEP.

Seems like Microsoft would mention this somewhere in the knowledge base.

Thanks to all who contributed




7:28 p.m. Tuesday Jun. 21, 2011 (about 3 years after publishing)
RE: RE: FOUND THE FIX Elitecom4
Ok I see people saying the fix is to change WAP to WEP this is no fix this is a work around. I have 3 desktops with winxp two laptops with vista all work but one of the vista systems.local only..Any one with a FIX not a workaround for WPA please let me know..THANKS...
10:15 p.m. Monday Mar. 14, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Harold Silva
thank you so much. changing to WEP was the solution!
12:50 p.m. Friday Sep. 2, 2011 (about 3 years, 2 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX ty
lindsey i tried all of the other solutions and yours actually worked. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. took less than 5 minutes..you are the greatest :-)
7:04 p.m. Friday Sep. 2, 2011 (about 3 years, 2 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Laks
Thank you so much. After trying a zillion other things, i finally was able to connect to the internet. Thanks again.
5:18 a.m. Friday Mar. 16, 2012 (about 3 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: RE: FOUND THE FIX Jon P
While getting ready to sell my laptop, I restored it to factory condition with a clean Vista installation. All my old stuff was wiped. It had always connected reliably on wireless until the re-load. While it would connect via cable, wireless connection was only Local.......until.....

I downloaded every single Windows Update file, one of which included a new Atheros (Wifi controller) driver. Presto, normal service restored!

Maybe loading various Service Packs got Vista & Atheros 'out of sync'. Who knows, but the update files seem to work. Good luck!
9:05 a.m. Friday May. 4, 2012 (about 3 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Neill
Lindseys fix worked for me. My mum recently got broadband and has an ancient vista laptop, after I changed the key from WPA2 to WEP it worked.

Thanks!
3:11 p.m. Monday Jul. 2, 2012 (about 4 years after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX james
awesome! u hero!!!
1:39 p.m. Monday Sep. 17, 2012 (about 4 years, 3 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Ben
Lindsey, you saved my computer. Thanks for your simple advice to use WEP istead of WPEK. It really was as simple as that. I tried all the fixes that were recommended and knowing that Vista DOES NOT support WPAK was vital. Thanks again. I had been wrecking my head for a week going thru all these blogs about Vista. You are a savior.
8:12 a.m. Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012 (about 4 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Ricky
Changing the setting wep worked for me too. Thank you so much.
7:49 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 26, 2012 (about 4 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Dwight
These steps worked for me - thank you so much!!! One trip up. In the router config site for Netgear Genie WNR200v3 I had to select Mode ="up to 54 Mbps" before the option to select WEP was available.
10:19 a.m. Friday May. 17, 2013 (about 4 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX- from WPA2 to WPA/WPA2 JP
Hi.. this is a terrible problem.. it took me hours to fix it.. after doing all of the things described by Satya (thanks for the explanation of the MS "help" article... ) i solved this with a slight variation of what Lindsey was describing.. for me I tried changing from WAP to WEP but that didnt work , so i went to my router device settings in http://192.168.1.1/ and then there changed the WPA mode from WPA2(AES) to WPA/WPA2, then finally it worked.. and i could go back online again even without rebooting... wow.. crazy problem! thanks everyone for their different solution.. i am using the Realtek RTL8191SU Wireless LAN 802.11n USB 2.0 Network Adapter, because i was having problems with the built in wlan switch of my vaio (but that in itself is material for many other blogs... =) all the best jp
3:46 a.m. Tuesday Jul. 2, 2013 (about 5 years after publishing)
RE: FOUND THE FIX Simone
Thanks Lindsey, your solution helped me too. I could only get local access when I connected my Toshiba Vista laptop to the new Telstra TG797 n V3(modem/router/wifi). I'm not entirely convinced it is Microsoft's problem because I was able to connect wirelessly to Optus using Netgear right up until we changed to Telstra. I was also able to connect to my neighbour's Telstra internet using wifi (and can still connect to it) and it uses WPA2, but for whatever reason I can only get a "local and internet" connection when I connect to our home internet using the WEP connection you explained in your post.
Once again thank you :)
1:11 a.m. Monday Jan. 31, 2011 (about 2 years, 7 months after publishing)
Thank you. You are my hero. Dezirae
IT W0RKED! Youre a genius! Thank you. Thank you!
4:10 p.m. Thursday Jun. 23, 2011 (about 3 years after publishing)
RE: Thank you. You are my hero. al
Thank you fr this info ie the netgear solution worked for me.
1:09 p.m. Monday Nov. 14, 2011 (about 3 years, 5 months after publishing)
RE: Had to break reserved address in router Explorer
Also had done the registry changes - no change, still Local only
10:06 p.m. Saturday Dec. 10, 2011 (about 3 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: My Solution pablo
Yes!!! Thanks man. Upgrading the driver worked. I hate Vista so much! If Vista was a woman, she would be Rosie O'Donnell :)
1:30 a.m. Tuesday May. 22, 2012 (about 3 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: vista only show local access when the wireless is connected Harindee
i had the same problem just a few hours ago and i was considering removing my virus protection cause most people said that was the reason!!!but i contacted this computer guy i know and was able to solve the local only problem!!!I will type each step and i hope it helps you to fix your problem because it did fix mine =)
go to the network and sharing centre
there,you will see,under the pics of a computer,world globe and router a few options called "customize" , "view status" and "disconnect" ....select "view status"
in that select "properties"
then,click continue when they ask your permission
after that when the properties thing opens
u will see a list of items
there select, "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)"
when its highlighted,click properties (u will see that option under the list of items)
then when the box appears check "obtain an IP address automatically"
it is probably not checked if ur having the local access only problem!
so when u check it and press "ok"
your internet connection should get back to normal
it worked well for me =) i hope ir does for u as well!!!let me know if it did!

11:09 a.m. Saturday Dec. 15, 2012 (about 4 years, 6 months after publishing)
Just switch wireless security off briefly, then switch on again? bananabrain
I've finally found a way to connect, with help from John Smith (entry 8:45 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 1, 2012).

I had perfect connectivity until two days ago when I got the local only connection, no idea why. It's a Windows Vista Ultimate laptop. Inspired by the the 8:45pm entry mentioned above, I disabled the security on my wireless router (Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK on Netgear Wireless-N 150) via a separate pc and the laptop instantly got local AND internet access, complete with little globe on the icon! I set the security back on on the router and for a day now the Vista machine has kept the internet connection.

So, just to be clear, I applied the original fix mentioned at the top of this page (which for me at least may or may not be part of the solution), then carried out switching the security off and on again.

So thanks John Smith and everyone on this page!
7:46 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 26, 2012 (about 4 years, 6 months after publishing)
RE: Coultn't fix but... DeltaEcho214
These steps worked for me. In the router config site for Netgear Genie WNR200v3 I had to select Mode ="up to 54 Mbps" before the option to select WEP was available.
3:55 p.m. Saturday Feb. 5, 2011 (about 2 years, 8 months after publishing)
help! grant
I just got AT&T uverse today. Im having the local only issue..will this solution work for me?
4:06 p.m. Saturday Feb. 5, 2011 (about 2 years, 8 months after publishing)
RE: help! farhan
It is probably worth a try. Good luck!
4:58 p.m. Monday Feb. 28, 2011 (about 2 years, 8 months after publishing)
Fix hog4r
I've tried just about any suggestion I could find on the internet. In the end out of desperation I've changed the fixed IP address on the router from x.x.x.42 to x.x.x.47. It worked immediately. I have other resources using addresses below and above x.x.x.42. Vista was working fine on this address for years. LAN worked just ok. Go figure...
I hope someone will find this helpful.
h.
7:40 a.m. Saturday Mar. 5, 2011 (about 2 years, 8 months after publishing)
local connection only (vista) MORP
Hi
tried everything for days

just updated my Wireless driver and it worked instantly
4:15 p.m. Tuesday Mar. 8, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
Despair! Julianc
I upgraded our Motorola SBG900 wireless g router to the latest Motorola SBG 6580 n.

Had same problem as everyone else when trying to connect my son's Compaq laptop - kept getting local access only.

I have tried almost every patch/fix attempt I could find, but to no avail.
I did however work out an albeit not perfect fix.
My new router enables me to create primary and guest networks. I created a primary wireless network and created a WPA AES encrypted password. This works 100% with any device not running Windows Vista.
For my son's Vista laptop, I created a separate guest network without any WEP encryption (open network). Then I was able to make it a Closed Network via my Motorola router software. This means that although it is unlocked, a user would have to know and type the exact network name into the available network list instead of selecting it from a list. When scanning for available networks, it simply show up as un-named network, then when you click to connect it asks you to type the exact network name. Nice stuff Motorola!

Not exactly an ideal fix, but it kinda works for me until we can upgrade his laptop with Windows 7.

Hope this helps someone? Believe me, I feel your pain! :(
4:19 p.m. Tuesday Mar. 8, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: Despair! OliveOil
Hmmm...nice 'fix' if you can afford one of those $150 Motorola SBG6580 routers!!!

Thanks tho ;)
3:53 a.m. Saturday Mar. 12, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
it didn't work joscel Montes
hellllppppp, the suggestion above didn't work on my vista. I tried it step by step but nothing happened. i still can't still access to the internet:( huhuhu:(
4:22 p.m. Sunday Mar. 13, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
Mine is on "local and internet" then switches to "local" dddd
mine normally works and is connected to local and internet, but then sometimes when i stream videos or browse the internet, it changes to local only and i cant browse anymore. how do i fix that?
12:06 a.m. Tuesday Mar. 15, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: Mine is on "local and internet" then switches to "local" farhan
Try disabling the connection and then re-enabling it (http://compnetworking.about.com/od/windowsxpnetworking/ht/conndisenable.htm). I have noticed that sometimes my Windows desktop can loose connection if I am copying too many files for too long, at once on the network. This behavior is unacceptable, but this has happened so few times that it hasn't bothered me yet.

- Farhan
4:12 a.m. Wednesday Mar. 16, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
local access using vista craig
HI, Just wondering if there are any fixes for this problem that actually work? There seems to be lots of suggestions but they only seem to work for some people.
This problem is becoming a pain in the proverbial.

cheers
11:29 a.m. Saturday Mar. 19, 2011 (about 2 years, 9 months after publishing)
local only access using vista Sylvio
I had this "local only" problem and tried everything. (Even reformated my hard drive and installed a new ethernet card...did not work!)...the only thing left was my D-Link router to change...but luckily... I found out this reset button in the back of the router where you have to insert a pen...I pressed it for 5 to 6 seconds and everything started working normally.
10:27 p.m. Wednesday Apr. 6, 2011 (about 2 years, 10 months after publishing)
the sure fix kilo_b
The sure way to get rid of "Local only acess" is to uninstall the driver and update it. It worked for me after trying all other methods on this page.
8:02 p.m. Friday Apr. 15, 2011 (about 2 years, 10 months after publishing)
local access only la5arus
Guys i tried all these things for 2 days. i discovered that if you update your wireless driver it will resolve the problem only took 5 mins.
8:49 p.m. Monday Apr. 18, 2011 (about 2 years, 10 months after publishing)
UPDATE DRIVERS worked a
I got a new Virgin Media Superhub. A vista laptop. All other wifi connections worked on wpa auto. ie smart phone and win 7 laptop.

I tried the above advice registry edits etc. didn't work (but thanks for sharing experiences)

Then i did a driver update for the wireless modem in Device manger. It worked.

Thanks Everyone who contributed
12:04 p.m. Tuesday Apr. 26, 2011 (about 2 years, 10 months after publishing)
RE: found the fix jjros
After trying so many different thing to my "local access only" problem it turns out all I had to do was change WPA to WEP and I was connected.
9:41 p.m. Sunday May. 1, 2011 (about 2 years, 10 months after publishing)
Vista Local Access Only anitah11
Thanks Farhan. The register edit solution fixed my problem!
11:09 p.m. Sunday May. 1, 2011 (about 2 years, 10 months after publishing)
RE: Vista Local Access Only farhan
I am glad this worked for you. Have fun!
7:16 a.m. Saturday May. 7, 2011 (about 2 years, 11 months after publishing)
Works K
Thanks worked perfectly!
5:53 p.m. Saturday May. 21, 2011 (about 2 years, 11 months after publishing)
I found the fix me
Partial fix, remove adapter and uninstall the driver. re insert adapter. Much better but still failed after awhile.
Then uninstalled Norton. You need to go to ftp://ftp.symantec.com and get the un-installer there. This seemed to clean things up a lot.
2:02 p.m. Tuesday May. 24, 2011 (about 2 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE. Vista local access only barry crane
i have spent three days trying everything suggested on many geek sites, microsoft.com etc nothing worked . finally in desperation i uninstalled the wireless driver for vista and installed the xp driver- worked like a charm .
11:24 a.m. Wednesday May. 25, 2011 (about 2 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: RE. Vista local access only Punjisticks
Wow! Barry you is da man ! All the bollox these nerds recommend didn't work , keep it simple bro !Nice
1:10 a.m. Monday Jan. 16, 2012 (about 3 years, 7 months after publishing)
RE: RE. Vista local access only - Barry Fab308
OMG Barry you bloody legend! THIS WORKED! Bought this Acer (Aspire) 4520 from an ebayer who sent it with a broken screen and other things not in "perfect working order". Disputes later, had to buy other wrecks to make one great one. Used recovery to re-install vista, but got "access: local only" on the Atheros AR5007EG adapter. It's been months of reading god knows how many of these hints pages by 'experts' and even Microsoft's fixes for the famous Vista 'Access: local only' problem got me nowhere - the latter not caring now about Vista as Windows 7 is all the rage, Win 8 soon I assume. Anyway, I installed XP onto a used hard drive and installed it into the Acer 4520 as a test and viola the wifi worked - and the best bit? It ran much faster than my other Vista-running laptops. But still I felt 'ripped off' by not being able to fully use my Vista OS. When I read your suggestion I felt like a proper idiot because I thought how good it would be if the XP driver worked in Vista but had no idea how to or the courage to load it. I found my Atheros XP 'Windows Wizard' installation file and tried it in Vista. It ran and was loaded but Vista could not recognise it in Device Manager. Hmmm... So while in Device Manager, I forced it to look in the folder where I had ALL the Atheros XP files and hoped for the best it loaded something. After a few minutes I noticed the Wifi light flashing realy fast, and thought OMG the XP driver works in Vista! Bingo!
Which as far as I'm concerned means your solution IS the right one because everyone else's trying to fix their 'slow' Vista wifi, but with the XP driver running it's the best of both worlds! Thanks for the inspiration, mate.
4:32 p.m. Friday Jun. 3, 2011 (about 2 years, 11 months after publishing)
FIXED!! Amy
OMG!!! Updated my wireless driver and just like that i'm online!!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!!! Thank you so much for the suggestion!!! I was about to cancel my service because I couldn't connect!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Y'all are the bomb!!
9:31 p.m. Thursday Jul. 21, 2011 (about 3 years, 1 month after publishing)
Vista local access only Phillip
After making the changes in the registry and running the microsoft fix, my future daughter-in-law's Toshiba running Vista still wouldn't connect to the internet. So I found a post on chicagotech.net regarding Norton 360. She had something done by the Geek Squad and her Norton subscription was deleted or at least appeared expired. I uninstalled Norton and now it works...go figure. I left the registry modified as microsoft suggested in the fix.
2:02 a.m. Monday Aug. 29, 2011 (about 3 years, 2 months after publishing)
The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Win Dos Sucks
It bothered me quite a bit that some web pages reported an alleviation of this problem with an upgrade of the driver for for Atheros AR5007 (and other) drivers for their modem.

Every attempt to update the driver automatically resulted in Windows (I hate, and keep one machine at home for that rare instance an older web page won't load Safari on Mac) telling me that my HP/Compaq had the best and latest driver. Following a link from CNet (http://forums.cnet.com/7723-12546_102-522932.html) I was led to a page that had a driver that was 3 years and many generations younger than what Windows claimed to be the best and latest. The link from CNet is to: http://www.atheros.cz/atheros-inf-file.php?inf=236&chipset=21&system=3

At any rate, I've been running fine for about three hours now.....a record on my laptop who would connect and go local every five minutes.

Best of luck.
10:50 p.m. Monday Aug. 29, 2011 (about 3 years, 2 months after publishing)
RE: The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Win Dos Sucks
Just responding that after 24 hours it works, and it never stopped working. Always connected, never to local only.

After doodling with all the microfrost help, entering unusual commands, etc.

My driver is a 2010 driver now, vs. 2008.
10:22 p.m. Wednesday Sep. 7, 2011 (about 3 years, 3 months after publishing)
RE: RE: The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Gooz Peech
Thank you Win Dos Sucks. It is the only thing that worked for me.

I have suffered for months until the driver upgrade.

So disappointed in MS. I might go Ubuntu.
8:55 p.m. Wednesday Sep. 7, 2011 (about 3 years, 3 months after publishing)
RE: The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Zorro
I updated my card's driver, and sure as hell, I'm connected again! :-)
10:12 p.m. Wednesday Sep. 7, 2011 (about 3 years, 3 months after publishing)
RE: The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Thankful Soul
Thank you Wind Dos Sucks.

Nothing has worked except your solution.
10:15 p.m. Monday Apr. 9, 2012 (about 3 years, 10 months after publishing)
RE: The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Flash
I spent several frustrating days trying to figure out why only one laptop of my three would not work in our new condo. I had tried to upgrade the driver for my Atheros 507 but was told I had the latest version. Thanks for giving me this link to a much newer driver than I was using. This fixed my problem immediately!!!
3:43 a.m. Sunday Mar. 17, 2013 (about 4 years, 9 months after publishing)
RE: The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Laurentiu
It'S worked for me .
thanks
2:46 p.m. Sunday May. 5, 2013 (about 4 years, 11 months after publishing)
What worked for me... Dasspipe
Like many of u I had tried every fix I find on here, i had just done a clean reinstall of vista on my dell e521 that uses a dlink wireless card and could only get local access. I was about to go buy a wired card to see if that handled it, but in my final moments before going insane I figured it out.. I tried all the simple fixes like changing those ipvn 4/6 settings or whatever, didn't work. Tried reloading all the drivers that came with my Dell pc, didn't work. Tried a few different other drivers Both new n old for the bios, chipset, controllers, etc, didn't work. What finally worked *for me* was I downloaded every single wireless driver from dlink (there were like 5 versions of it), neither the newest (wda 1.20) nor the oldest (wda 1.00) ones worked, so then I tried 1.02 which again didn't work, then finally I installed 1.10 and just like that I was able to connect after restarting. Definitely a tough and frustrating issue to have, but thankful for all the tips on here. My suggestion is to just keep tying every fix u can find and hopefully one will work lol
5:42 p.m. Sunday May. 5, 2013 (about 4 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: What worked for me... farhan
Thanks for your input! I am glad that you finally solved the issue. Have fun!
5:42 p.m. Monday May. 6, 2013 (about 4 years, 11 months after publishing)
RE: The Solution For Me (for now) Upgrade Ahteros Driver Stoo
I got into this "Local Only" problem simply by changing the security on my Netgear router from WEP to WPA2. All of our devices were able to reconnect to the Internet flawlessly except our six-year-old HP Pavilion Vista laptop. I tried just about everything suggested in this article to no avail. Then, I finally worked my way down the list to the comment posted by "Win Dos Sucks". I wish your fix suggestion had been at the top of this article! Going to the link that you posted (http://www.atheros.cz/atheros-inf-file.php?inf=236&chipset=21&system=3), downloading, and installing the updated Atheros AR5007 wireless driver worked like a charm on our dinosaur laptop! The updated driver was version 9 and we had been running version 7. I couldn't find the driver anywhere on the HP support website for our laptop! Anyhow, we're able to access the internet again. Thank you so much for this successful solution!!!
3:27 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 30, 2011 (about 3 years, 2 months after publishing)
i fix my problem tasosgreece
http://www.ehow.com/how_5061881_enable-ip-addressing-dhcp-vista.html

I have vista in laptop and sudently couln't connect to internet (only local connection with both wireless and ethernet cable).

As it seemed i had just to enable the DHCP
12:04 a.m. Tuesday Sep. 13, 2011 (about 3 years, 3 months after publishing)
My Solution D
I have had this terrible problem myself after getting a new router (netgear WNDR3400) on my hp pavilion dv9700 with the Atheros AR5007 with Vista. After scouring for days trying to find a solution, I got one and feel obligated to pass my fix (understanding it might not be the same for everyone). I had to go to http://www.wireless-driver.com/atheros-ar5xxx-ar9xxx-wireless-windows-drivers-ver920310/ or http://www.atheros.cz/atheros-wireless-download.php?chipset=22&system=3 to get the right driver and then followed the instructions here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070128195048AAe5VAN (For a .sys file you would goto the device manager (right click on my computer/properties/hardware/device manager). Then click on the icon for you adapter (probably the one with the yellow tag on it) and click on change/update/or install driver. When the box comes up for the driver, choose the option where you can locate it yourself and then point in to the .sys file you downloaded). I turned off all internet.. rebooted.. turned wifi on.. fixed! Good luck, hope this helps.
8:23 p.m. Thursday Oct. 13, 2011 (about 3 years, 4 months after publishing)
thank you thank you thank you! Alex
this helped me reconnect to the world! Thank you!
10:04 p.m. Saturday Oct. 29, 2011 (about 3 years, 4 months after publishing)
Just Do What WIN DOS SUCKS has writen sugerberg
I tried many, many things. Countless hours, worth more than the value of a three year old laptop to do this.


Just follow what WIN DOS SUCKS has written above. The drive update, which Windows itself is not able to do, is the only that has worked flawlessly.

And, I like the name Windows Sucks.
12:59 p.m. Monday Nov. 14, 2011 (about 3 years, 5 months after publishing)
Had to break reserved address in router Explorer
I had the problem of Local Only in Vista.

Did the Microsoft Fix patch - no change.
Did the services change to automatic - no change
Tried the channel change in the router - no change
I wasn't using any fixed router addresses for specific computers so that wasn't relevant

It finally fixed itself when I disconnected from the wireles networks and while using ethernet conection changed the range of my routers IP addresses for DCHP so that when I connected again the Vista computer would have to use a new address. I also changed the lease time for addresses from Forever to Half an hour but that didn't work by itself, although I probably didn't wait half an hour).

When I disconnected the ethernet and reconnected to the wireless it connected through to the internet. I checked the address in the router and it was a new one (the old one was say 192.168.0.2 and the new one ended in 7 as I had made the first one in the range in the pool end in 4.

Thanks to all who posted solutions. I hope this acomment also helps someone.
10:51 a.m. Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 (about 3 years, 5 months after publishing)
Local access only Charlie
Brilliant! This problem had been irritating me since I got a new router from AOL. My laptop with Vista only connected to the internet occasionally after that. My new netbook was ok.
This is a great step-by-step solution.
2:18 p.m. Saturday Nov. 19, 2011 (about 3 years, 5 months after publishing)
THIS TOTALLY WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tessa
THANK YOU.
THIS ISSUE HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR TWO YEARS. THANKS YOU SO MUCH!!!!
I LITERALLY HAVENT USED THIS COMPUTER FOR TWO YEARS BCAUSE THE INTERNET WOULDNT WORK AND ONLY OPENED IT BCAUSE ME DOG CHEWED THE POWER SUPPLY TO MY OTHER LAPTOP.
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
12:47 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 7, 2011 (about 3 years, 6 months after publishing)
Local only error Nathan VanMiddlesworth
Your explaining things is a bit hard to fallow
12:41 p.m. Thursday Dec. 22, 2011 (about 3 years, 6 months after publishing)
Vista wireless problem Richard
unbelievable saga for me, trying to get daughter's Vaio to connect after a Restore C to factory settings. Disabled the IPv6 as often recommended - got to the stage where "local and internet" was showing, but STILL could not load web pages. Here's what I found, just trying random things out of frustration: go to Advanced properties of wireless connection, and DISABLE "802.11n". After I did this, perfect connection, stable since then (and through around 120 Vista updates...) Hope this helps any poor souls out there driven CRAZY by this issue - why, in this day and age, can systems not self-diagnose this kind of thing...
9:21 a.m. Sunday Dec. 25, 2011 (about 3 years, 6 months after publishing)
"Local only" MF-Vista Jack
1) I have connected ethernet cable - to get connection to the internet
2) Wireless card driver update did the thing.

Brefore I have tried everything described here and there.
10:59 a.m. Thursday Dec. 29, 2011 (about 3 years, 6 months after publishing)
Fixed my problem Robert
My kids got a new laptop and a xoom for Christmas.
In trying to set them up the xoom worked np but the laptop had the "local only" network connection issue. Spent 2 hrs on the phone w/India and still ng. Finally did a restore of the system but no time to check it as we were headed out for the holiday. Took the laptop with me to see if it would work in a new environment. Sure enough worked like a charm @ my sisters house, thought I was done. We return 2 days later and the new laptop now works fine on our home network but all of a sudden my laptop, which had been running just fine for 2-3 yrs encountered the exact same issue. I'm thinking virus:(. Tried many of the suggested fixes to no avail. Then I remembered, for added security, I had set our DHCP server to only use 192.168.1.3-192.168.1.12 when assigning ip addresses, a total of 10. It seems by adding the xoom & the laptop we exceeded the number of devices requiring an ip address within our house. As soon as I went into the router and expanded the range a bit and rebooted everything, we are all back in business.

Once again the law of unintended consequences rears its ugly head.

Just remember, sometimes you need to step back and take a larger look at what’s going on to find the answer.
7:10 a.m. Monday Jan. 16, 2012 (about 3 years, 7 months after publishing)
thankooo NET R
That worked!!! thank u so much
8:28 p.m. Monday Jan. 16, 2012 (about 3 years, 7 months after publishing)
help! Claudd
I followed all the instructions and restarted it. In the start upp screen, I can't do anything it just stays stuck and on the left corber of the screeb it says pres f2 to enter setup. It doesn't go beyond that screen and can't even press alt ctrl del :( help?
1:56 p.m. Monday Mar. 19, 2012 (about 3 years, 9 months after publishing)
Just Update the WLAN Driver Puk
Thanks for the post, was the first one i found googling.

A friend of mines laptop was screwed, so i reformated and reinstalled vista for him that was preloaded on a rescue partition.

Anyway, loaded vista and had the same problem, googled, came here.

I tried your suggestions and microsoft's registry article to no avail. Updated the driver by removing it in the device manager, refound it, searched the net automatically for a driver and hey presto, instant working internet.

What i would suggest to everyone is downloaded latest chipset drivers from their motherboard/pc makers site first. Probably worth updating your post as many people lower down have found this the fix. Thanks
4:10 p.m. Saturday Apr. 7, 2012 (about 3 years, 10 months after publishing)
DRIVER Rishi
updating wireless driver worked for me!

Thanks a ton guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1:30 p.m. Wednesday Apr. 18, 2012 (about 3 years, 10 months after publishing)
Thank You Farhan! Altug Kop
Farhan thanks man this worked for me! Was annoying me as I have just bought a 2nd hand DLink Modem from Ebay and it was just giving me local. This has fixed it so I'm back online! Boom!! :)

Thanks again bro

Al
10:22 a.m. Friday Apr. 20, 2012 (about 3 years, 10 months after publishing)
vista only showing local access when the wireless is connected vivin
hello,i have a vista,i want to set up a network sharing between my desktop and my laptop,but when i connect the wireless router tomy desktop its only showing local access only! any help???
12:33 p.m. Monday Jul. 9, 2012 (about 4 years, 1 month after publishing)
lan connection problem NARESH
hello.....sir.
my desktop pc LAN is connected but no internet access....

after pinging it's giving "REQUEST TIMED OUT" (packets are not recieving)

im using INTEL DG41RQ motherboard(it's the knowing pblm in this motherboard it seems)

iam facing lan problem from last week....& iam nt able to get rid of this pblm....

so plz help me...................asap
5:10 p.m. Monday Jul. 9, 2012 (about 4 years, 1 month after publishing)
U r awesome!!!!! Courtney
Thanks so much! Worked perfectly!!!
8:45 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 1, 2012 (about 4 years, 1 month after publishing)
Coultn't fix but... John Smith
Had exactly the same problem. After trying nearly everything under the sun I ended up fixing the problem using the following work around (you must be able to set up guest networks on your router to implement this fix - also try the steps stated in the main article first):

1. Type http://192.168.0.1 into your browser and log in to your router.

2. Set up a guest network with some really obscure SSID (for security) and then make sure the network is not broadcasting its SSID.

3. Set the authentication method to none (no password [WEP, WPSK etc])

4. Connect to your new network using the computer you are having trouble with.

5. Looking through your router setting you should be able to find the MAC address and Name of the computer that is connected to your guest network (note them down).

6. Now find your MAC address filter for the guest network and only allow the MAC address you noted down.

You should now be able to connect. My computer seems to have some problem where vista can't access networks which are password protected so this was the only way I could find to fix it. I would say though that having a network which is not password protected is not a good idea unless you only allow trusted MAC addresses and don't broadcast the SSID (i.e. if you can't or don't know how to implement all of the above steps then don't create an open network). As said before try the main articles steps first
9:43 a.m. Thursday Aug. 16, 2012 (about 4 years, 2 months after publishing)
Woot, thanks! Chickenman
In hindsight, this is intuitively obvious. I must be an idiot because I didn't try this first. Thanks for the tip!
1:06 a.m. Saturday Sep. 1, 2012 (about 4 years, 2 months after publishing)
PROBLEM SOLVED Cyber Spyder
I really appreciate all the effort that went into solving this problem and i realize this article is a couple of years old. Although i tried all the fixes and none of them worked, i eventually found out why my friends vista machine had LOCAL ONLY status messages. I have never used vista, i have never used my friends laptop either, somehow MCAFEE locked down the internet, that was it. After trying everything on this list, the last reboot locked up the touchpad for whatever reason. I rebooted again and mcafee popped up stating things were not secure. Then all was fine. Go figure. Glad i never bought fistya.. i mean vista.
4:26 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4, 2012 (about 4 years, 3 months after publishing)
Sorted Matt D
Hi, I just wanted to say that I recently followed your guide after all attempts to connect to my TalkTalk router failed. The result of which has been a complete success. My thanks sir.
9:09 a.m. Thursday Oct. 11, 2012 (about 4 years, 4 months after publishing)
No Fixes work....?! Dino F
Hate to say this but have tried all the sugestions in your article but nothing has worked so far.....?!
4:50 p.m. Thursday Oct. 11, 2012 (about 4 years, 4 months after publishing)
Worked Ry
As the author mentioned, you need to apply the solution indicated in the 'More Information' part for it to work. Hopefully it will stay this way!

Many thanks
2:38 p.m. Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 (about 4 years, 4 months after publishing)
Vista local only fixed with important note on driver update PJ
Like many I tried everything. The quickest way to fix this is to find a more recent driver. DO NOT use the windows tool to find this. I orginally deleted the driver, but the one windows was updating/ replacing it with was old too.
1. Get the name of your wireless card
2 Google the card name and find the latest driver. I found a 2011 driver set up package on the hp site that was a lot newer than the 2007 windows was trying to apply.
3. Delete the old driver and reinstall the more recent one. Better yet your laptop manufactuer will hopefully provide a 1 click setup file to install the new driver as I found on the HP site. Reboot and life is good.
The delete driver idea did not work with me at first because I was replacing with just another bad faulty driver.
12:56 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 28, 2012 (about 4 years, 5 months after publishing)
FixIt saayes
Good looking out! FixIt worked!
9:48 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012 (about 4 years, 6 months after publishing)
McAfee and Norton James
McAfee and Norton are famous as the cause of this problem. Use the McAfee or Norton removal tool.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/McAfee_Consumer_Product_Removal_Tool_d5420.html - McAfee Removal Tool via MajorGeeks.com

http://majorgeeks.com/Norton_Removal_Tool_SymNRT_d4749.html - Norton Removal Tool

If either link breaks with time search the internet.
8:03 a.m. Sunday Dec. 30, 2012 (about 4 years, 6 months after publishing)
Where do I find WEP? Kathy
Where do I find WEP?
7:49 p.m. Monday Mar. 4, 2013 (about 4 years, 8 months after publishing)
Awesome Dawn
Wasn't sure this would work, but it did. Looked at other solutions and they didn't seem right at all to me. I think I may have bigger issues though. I also noticed that when I checked ipconfig /all, my lease and the other 2 computers connected on same router, have a lease good for 36 + years. I've done all kinds of malware checks, so far clean, but something isn't right, plus the laptop that wasn't connected has never had a problem before.

Thanks so much, great work on this article.
8:32 a.m. Tuesday Jun. 4, 2013 (about 4 years, 12 months after publishing)
Vista local only Alan
I've just been fighting this problem. Setup is a new building with a new broadband installation. The router is set to use WPA+WPA2. 8 Vista laptops, four HP, four Acer. All running Vista Home Basic with SP1 and SP2. One more laptop running Windows 7 SP1. The Win7 computer works perfectly.
Apart from one which won't see a wireless network at all (I need to look into this separately), they receive DHCP settings from the router. The router lists their IP addresses. ipconfig shows the correct ip address, netmask, gateway and DNS settings. ipV6 is disabled.
The problem is intermittent - about 3 restarts out of 4 the connection shows local only. Sometimes it changes to local and internet, or back to local while the machine is running. While showing local only the following is the situation:
Pinging each from the Windows 7 fails. However arp -a on Win7 then shows the addresses of each, so arp is working.
I've tried turning off the windows firewall - no change.
None of the vista machines can ping the router. It looks very much as though the problem is at the IP level.
The HPs used to have Norton Security tools, which I've uninstalled. I haven't retried yet after running the downloadable uninstall tool. The Acers did not have Norton.
All work perfectly well with my home router, which is set to WPA2 only.
Having read through a lot of discussions since leaving the site, I will now try running the norton uninstaller, and temporarily changing the router to WEP. I will NOT be leaving it running WEP.
1:55 a.m. Wednesday Jun. 5, 2013 (about 4 years, 12 months after publishing)
i got it aguila
update your driver !!!!
8:31 a.m. Thursday Jun. 27, 2013 (about 5 years after publishing)
RE: Fixing the local only internet access issue in Windows Vista AW
This worked, Thanks! I can't believe a 2008 issue is still a problem in 2013, why isn't this in an update yet, Microsoft? LOL
1:01 a.m. Sunday Jul. 7, 2013 (about 5 years after publishing)
Local Access Unidentified Network Dennise
I tried to follow the instructions but i can't find the network card after i click the current version. :( what should i do?
3:03 a.m. Tuesday Aug. 6, 2013 (about 5 years, 1 month after publishing)
OhyeahhhHH zaf
Sweeet..thx for the info I jst download the file at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928233/en-us and it work perfectly!!
10:36 p.m. Friday Aug. 9, 2013 (about 5 years, 2 months after publishing)
still having problems... Laura
Hey all, I tried Satya's solution and unfortunately it did't work for me. I've got a wireless modem, so no router, but have the same problem as you all ('local connection only; unidentified network, adapter needs to be 'plugged in' etc etc). When I tried Lindsay's solution, I was asked to provide a password and username. Any idea what those might be?

Help!
6:32 a.m. Monday Sep. 23, 2013 (about 5 years, 3 months after publishing)
Fixing the local only internet access issue in Windows Vista jeff
After a year of searching googling updating drivers uninstalling network cards deleteing networks changing router settings.....stumbled on this and the reference to the Microsoft Fixit. Tried everything else so just as well give this a go......IT WORKED!! Thank you thank you!
1:37 p.m. Monday Nov. 25, 2013 (about 5 years, 5 months after publishing)
Didn't work this time Jessica
I followed all the steps and after my computer restarted, it's still local access only. Grrr.
8:37 a.m. Sunday Mar. 16, 2014 (about 5 years, 9 months after publishing)
Thanks Sam Kolkin
Worked fine for me right away. Thank you very much.
2:20 a.m. Saturday Apr. 5, 2014 (about 5 years, 10 months after publishing)
Local access only Pierre
I too struggled with this issue for months.

In the end, what did the trick for me was to restore the operating system to a point where I knew I still had full internet access through wifi connection. My chosen restore point was more than 60 days in the past, so there were a few initial issues, but I got windows up in safe mode, ran all the updates and then all was good.
Hope this helps someone in the same position.
8:20 a.m. Tuesday Apr. 15, 2014 (about 5 years, 10 months after publishing)
Thank you so much! Casi
Yes I still have a Vista and I really don't want to give it up for Windows 8. Thanks so much for the help. It worked the first time around! So grateful!!