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Problems with networking in Vista

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For no apparent reason today, Vista decided that automatic ip acquisition wouldn't work. I fiddled with various things, rebooted, restored back to a couple of days ago, but no joy. Whenever I ran ipconfig, my preferred ip address came up as something random in the 194.x.x.x range. I was not even able to connect to the config page for my router.

I set the ip address, dns, mask, etc manually and everything is now running fine. I can't remember running any updates last night, but I was a bit sozzled so its possible. Anyone else experienced the same or have any explanation (other than the fact that Vistas rubbish obviously :) ) ?
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I have had Vista do the same thing, I got IPs in the 169.X.X.X scheme, but its not uncommon I believe :)
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