I have had this problem I found out it was because of the firewall. You have to remove any software that came with the network card. Turn off any firewalls. Remove your network card, reboot. When you logon, insert the Cd that came with the card, install the software, when complete put the network card in again. Use Windows firewall, this does not disable network connections. Go into network connections setup a network or office, find the wireless connection, name your network MSHOME. Use other computers to connect to the network called MSHOME. You should now have full access to your files and printers.
I decided it was time to put my home office back together over the weekend. As usual I decided to clean everything up, review my network security implementation, etc. Well I decided I was finally sick of my antivirus software and my subscription had expired and I realized that the bigger name antivirus packages were probably more prone to being exploited than some of the smaller vendors. So, I decided it was time to switch providers. Long story short, I ran into a little problem. It turns out that if you do the following:
- Disable the Windows Firewall/Internet connection sharing (ICS) service
- disable your local area network connection
- enable your local area network connection
your local area network connection will get stuck in an endless loop trying to acquire a network address. In addition the Computer Browser service will terminate due to a timeout. At that point you should be able to find an event using eventvwr.exe in the system group stating that "The Computer Browser service terminated with the following error: This operation returned because the timeout period expired" with an event id of 7023.
Well I'm writing this because after 30 minutes or more of searching through a bunch of posts related to this type of issue on wireless neworks, I finally happen upon some official Microsoft documentation...
Microsoft is aware of the issue but I know that finding the problem in my case was a pain. This resolved my issue and I'm hoping that by posting this here I'll make the problem more visible for others.