By default, DHCP Network Hint is turned “on” in Windows 7 OS.
In order to turn off this feature, a user needs to create the following registry key on the laptop machine:
In the registry path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Tcpip\Parameters\Interfaces, create a DWORD value named as “UseNetworkHint” and set it to “0”.
Then restart the DHCP client service by executing the following commands from elevated command prompt:”net stop dhcp” and “net start dhcp”.
In order to turn on this feature again in future, a user needs to modify the above mentioned key and set the value of “UseNetworkHint” as “1” or just delete “UseNetworkHint” value pair. Then restart the DHCP client service by executing the following commands from elevated command prompt:”net stop dhcp” and “net start dhcp”.
This feature can be turned off or on globally for all the interfaces by setting the above mentioned key. There is no means currently to configure separate setting for each interface.
This just struck me as geeky-cool (a term I use far too often, but that’s because I thrive on geeky-cool