TCP/IP NETBIOS Service
If you successfully installed the network and still you get a message about a Windows 7 unidentified network, the first place to check is the Windows Services section. The message, however, may not always appear. In some cases, you just won't be able to see the network under Network in Windows Explorer in Windows 7. If you are sure that all the connections are perfect, check the services section to see the status of TCP/IP NetBIOS service.
Note: We are talking about your own network in this article. Most of the times, Windows 7 picks up wireless signals from surrounding networks and shows them as Unidentified Networks in your list of Networks and Internet Connections. This article is not about those unidentified networks. I also recommend you NOT try to use those unidentified wireless networks on Windows 7 as they may not be safe.
To check the status of TCP/IP NetBIOS service:
Open the Control Panel and switch to Icon view.
Double click on the Administrative Tool.
In the window that appears, double click on the shortcut saying Services.
Locate the service that says TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper and check if it is showing Started. If not, double click on the service and click on Start. Before closing the window, change the startup type of the service to Automatic.
- Reboot the computer and you should be able to see all the network components.
In case the TCP/IP NetBIOS helper is already running yet you get the message about a Windows 7 Unidentified Network or see nothing under Networks in Explorer, check out the next section of this article to help fix the problem.
Tip: Before trying the above, you can also disable the network and then enable it after some time to see if the problem is fixed.