Hello. I'm a total newbie here and I need some serious (to a newb like me anyways) help.
If this is in the wrong place or I've done something wrong I apologize in advance and if anyone could help it is much appreciated.
Here is the situation,
I have very old computers. Like 15 years old. Somehow I'm still struggling along and managing to use the internet still. Barely.
A friend recently tried to help me out by giving me one of his older work computers. It's old but still newer then my old ones.
So I hook it up, I log in with the info he gave me and I try running the internet. Well it wont load any pages. I check the network connections and it says it;s connected but nothing loads. Well it being a work PC it is connected to a domain. So I figure it's not going to work because it's locked to the domain and is looking for it. Or something like that.
So I want to start fresh. So I find the option to change it from a work pc to a "this computer will be used for home use" or something like that and I change it. It asks me to reboot so I do.
Well upon reboot I find the user name I signed into is now gone. Luckily there is another one so I log into that one. I proceed to make a whole new account and make sure it's admin and then try to start setting it up. Well thing is now the network connection is not there. So I try to add one. It wont work. So I check device manager and I see that for netork connections both settings there have error reports. It says "Windows Cannot load the drivers" for the two items there.
So now I do not know what to do. Please tell me there is something I can do to fix this. Please don't tell me it was locked to the work domain account and cannot be fixed...
This computer might not be anything great but for me it's an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.
Here are the stats I know.
It's Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (32bit cpu as well which means I can only use 4GB of the8GB ram... which is upsetting..)
The problem is I can't get a internet connection because it is saying the drivers for "Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller" and "WAN Miniport (IKEv2) " are not loading.
I have tried updating them by what is on windows and it just wont work or says "Already using most recent version" yet it still wont load it.
I really could use this computer... I really hope I didn't bork this...
Please remember this was a work PC and was given to me with no disc's etc. It's pretty old, 2012 I think.
Thank you for everyone who took the time to read this and help out.