The search for programs and files feature on the Start Menu of Windows 7 gives you a direct way to search for programs, files and emails on your computer. Once you get accustomed to this method, I am pretty sure that this text field will become your default search tool. However, unlike Windows Vista you cannot include an Internet search by default, but you can enable this functionality through Group Policy.
A small wired network may consist of an 8 or 5 port network switch which connects all computers together, and one Windows 7 machine running ICS bridging the network and the Internet connection through the ISP cable or dial-up modem as shown below. Internal computers can obtain their IPv4 configuration from the ICS machine while the ICS machine get its configuration from the modem which in turn is configured by the ISP. Some ISPs may provide you with a combined modem and router where you may omit the ICS computer as this role will be provided by the modem/router device.
Are you having network connectivity problems? You are unable to connect to another computer, to the Internet or to shared resources within an organization! Then this article will guide you through the basic tools available in Windows 7 and the steps you need to take when troubleshooting network connectivity problems.