Over the xmas holidays I was asked to look at a few issues with a family PC. One of the problems was a minor annoyance related to the modem-based DSL internet connection. The dial up box has a tick box which says “connect automatically”. Although this box was ticked, when the PC was restarted when a connection was required the same dialog box would show up, with the option unticked.
Some digging eventually revealed that this setting is somehow associated with a location and that a location hadn’t been set. To remedy this open the control panel, and then the “Phone and Modem” control panel. The first time this is opened it will ask for an area code — once you have completed this and clicked OK the control panel will appear. you can click OK to close the control panel — specifying the area code is all that is required. From now on the option to “connect automatically” should be retained
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