Lack of Connectivity
Checking the status of your internet connection can be quickly achieved following a handful of checks. First of all, check the System Tray, the area of your Windows toolbar that surrounds the clock. Difficulties with Internet Explorer displaying the Microsoft web page (or any web page) can be traced back to a lack of connectivity, and you should be able to confirm if your internet connection is off or on by looking for a small icon representing two monitors.
An active connection will have a small disc moving between the two; a dropped connection will display a red “x" on the icon.
If you’re using a wireless connection, a red “x" will also indicate a lack of connectivity.
You might find that your connection appears to be active; if you’re using wireless networking, reboot your PC and your wireless router before proceeding.
You might also try pinging the webpage. Go to Start > Run and enter cmd. In the resulting command prompt, type the name of the website you are trying to reach, for instance:
(Note that many websites will not respond to ping requests. However, the name of the site should still resolve to an IP address, which indicates both connectivity and proper name resolution.)
A positive response will display the time taken for the “ping"-ed data to reach the Microsoft website.