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So I installed a new printer yesterday....and then Eddie fell over, at precisely 1am. 😱 😱 😱😫😫😫 To install my new (wireless) printer I needed the HP smart app. This had to be downloaded from the Microsoft store; which promptly refused to accept that I was already connected to the internet (error-0x800704cf - "you'll need the internet for this" message) 🤬🤬. I found two sites which were both helpful: https://windowsreport.com/error-0x800704cf-pc-fix/ and https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/windows-store-not-working-while-running-on-a-vpn/90d51e9b-4f4c-4b63-b542-dfb1b6862239. 😇 I tried everything on the first site, to no avail. Then tried the second site and Microsoft Store started to work. I downloaded the app and the printer works. Happy days! 👍 . Summary of the advice is here: Go to: Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections Right-click the TAP network device for your VPN. Go to properties. Click Configure. click the Advanced tab Select "Media Status" Change Value to "Always connected" Click ok. Right-click the TAP network device for your VPN again. Go to properties. Click "internet services version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" Click Properties. Click Advanced. Tick the "Automatic Metric" boxClick ok. Click ok. Click Close. However....Later in the evening I try to complete a foreign payment with my bank. I've tried to complete this several times but the bank's website kept crashing. Tonight I get to the final password check... and everything freezes, at exactly 1 am (AST, 5am GMT). Eddie has just gone into a loop of connecting/disconnecting. This is hugely irritating and slightly suspicious given the timing (on the hour - don't know what was scheduled but something got checked or updated). Anyway to cut the story short, Setting the' Media status' (1st para of the summary above) back to 'Application Controlled' sorted the problem. Eddie started working immediately, without a reboot. 😍😍😍 Hope this helps someone.