Some background: I have looked through dozens of posts and google results and tried many troubleshooting steps including over 15 hours on the phone with HP tech support. I cannot get my computer to recognize the internet at all. I have had 2 HP computers and am now on a Gateway. All have Windows 7 on them and none will recognize the internet. The Dell I am trying to replace runs XP and connects immediately to the internet.
So, I guess what I'm looking for is a response to either or both of the following questions:
1. Does anyone have a fix for the internet connection problem? I can provide details from ipconfig or anything else, but I'm not sure what information is needed. Just ask, and I will post it.
2. Barring that, I've thought about downgrading back to XP, assuming I can find a copy to install. I've thought about Vista, but have heard it has similar problems. Can anyone tell me if it is possible to install XP on a brand-new machine and what I would need to do? I have no data on the new machine as everything I do is online so I'm fine with a reformat, I've just never done anything like that before.
I appreciate all of your help and will provide any information needed to figure this out.