Winsock defines how Windows network software should access network services, especially TCP/IP connections.
When Winsock corrupts, the networking errors that you may face include unable to surf the Internet with “Page cannot be displayed” error message in Internet Explorer or other web browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera and etc, even though the Fibre/DSL/ADSL/cable Internet connection is connected.
In the past, have had too many experiences where one of Microsoft’s updates renders something within my system as un-functional, and I am almost 100% positive that this is occurring again, however, I cannot pin point which update is doing this, nor exactly what is causing this issues.
What is happening is I cannot get Chrome to access the internet, at all. It is crucial for me to have this service, since this is my #1 choice for internet browsers, and (since I develop web-sites) I require it to work out cross-compatibility issues.
Okay, I am about to lose it, literally, because I cannot resolve this issue, and this is the ‘only’ place I know of where I can get some sound advice.
I had recently wiped my hard drive clean, to do a fresh install of Windows 7.
I cannot work without this, so please, I do not need Firefox, Opera, IE, etc… I require as many popular browsers as possible, so that I may perform my ‘job’ as best as I can, and in all honesty, I find that chrome suites my profession better than other browsers.
Corrupt Winsock or Windows sockets configuration can be due to a lot of reasons such as installation of a networking software, or due to virus, Trojan or malware infection, or sometime even due to disinfection of spyware by security software.
My registry was becoming a little cluttered, and after about a year and a half of installing, updating, and upgrading software, I felt as though my system needed a fresh start.
I am a software and web developer, and I like to keep my system minimal, however, I do rely on many different software packages and services to develop (i.e.: Java JDK, Apache, PHP, My SQL, UDK, Maya, Adobe, the .
But you must have a valid Windows 8.1 key to download a Windows 8.1 ISO. I've only tested the Tech Net version—I pay for that subscription—and while you can in fact a Tech Net-based Windows 8.1 install with a retail Windows 8 product key, you cannot in fact trigger Setup with such a key; you must instead use your Tech Net key.
(You can install Windows 8.1 offline and then change the key after the install is complete.) This suggest to me that making retail ISOs available to the public would be very simple.