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No wifi after disabling Windows Location Provider?

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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    No wifi after disabling Windows Location Provider?


    I have never had any issues connecting to my wifi here at home. I wanted to try disabling Windows Location Provider to test it out and suddenly I lost all ability to connect to wifi with just that laptop? I enabled it again and restarted my computer afterward, but it is still not connecting.

    I am using my other laptop and I can connect to the wifi no problem. I already rebooted and even turned off my modem and router a couple times. I am currently living in Japan and I set the regional time to US, so I have the US time conveniently visible to contact friends and family living there. Could it be that since I am in Japan now and turned off the location provider, it sort of tripped up the gps system and my location suddenly disappeared off the radar? Would changing my region to Japan possibly fix this issue? I really need to get the wifi working on my other laptop right away as I use it for work.

    I would appreciate any help from the experts on here.

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    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    First question does the laptop actually have GPS?
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    First question does the laptop actually have GPS?
    Sorry for the late reply. My laptop does have gps. I have had no problems connecting to my wifi until recently. I was using some programs called TrueCrypt and Wireshark. Although, I was learning a lot...I guess it blew back on me. It wasn't until I removed these programs, that I was able to access wifi in Safe Mode with Networking. I'm using the computer with the issues now. The problem is when I restart into Normal Mode...I have limited or no connectivity, no matter what I do. I have tried everything I could think of and yet still it won't work. Is there a chance that my laptop was blocked by my ISP altogether? I was messing around with packet sniffing and hacking, so I wouldn't be surprised. I learned my lesson and I will not mess with this kind of stuff again. Is it more likely a software or hardware issue? I assume since I can get wifi in safe mode with networking, that is could be a virus or malware? I have scanned my computer multiple times with AVG, Malwarebytes and Hitmanpro and they come up with nothing.
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  4. #4


    Try a System Restore to before you disabled Windows Location Provider.
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