Does any EE Win 7 expert even know WHAT EXACTLY a tiny blue circle over the connection icon in the lower right toolbar MEANS ?? I already tried unchecking ALL the msconfig startup tab items and rebooting and it did NOT solve the problem. It completely dissapeared from the Device Manager screen. Also noting (again as stated with evidence in my question) that most Win7 PCs (with whatever network drivers) do NOT have the problem so most network drivers do NOT cause the problem.
Regarding ALSO unchecking all the non-MS services on the msconfig service tab, when I went to that tab I **DID NOT** see the usual display with check boxes to the left of each service and a box at the bottom to show all the non-MS services. Now I just tried msconfig on my office Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS PC (which does NOT have the problem) and the service tab DID have the usual display. MY POINT IS the odds that BOTH drivers cause the problem is very very small.
The idea of turning the other (older) laptop off and checking if the problem reoccurs did not occur to me while I was last seeing the problem. I may have needed to delete all the shares too to really test that idea (and it is only an idea at this point). IMPORTANT: It does not happen on ALL Windows 7 PCs (or MS would never have released Windows 7 with such a HUGE problem).
And (see below) happens on many brands of PCs not just Sony. The problem is after the PC boots to the desktop, a small blue circle is over the Win 7 connection icon in the lower right status bar and REMAINS THERE for 2 -3 minutes during which you have no internet PLUS other things (see below) also do not work.IT organizations are critical to enabling this transition and can utilize next-generation tools and strategies to provide world-class support regardless of location, platform or device Cloud adoption is growing, but how are organizations taking advantage of it?Interop ITX and Information Week surveyed technology decision-makers to find out, read this report to discover what they had to say!Also on my customer laptop it occurs about 95% of the boots but not all the boots, occasionally it does NOT happen. Proof" do a Google Search on "Windows 7" "blue circle" connection (EXACTLY THE WAY IT IS ABOVE with spaces and quote symbols) and you will see MANY MANY matches and MANY people saying in forums that they have the EXACT problem right down to the 2 -3 minute wait. Here are a few of the others (1) Internet Explorer and Firefox when clicked DO NOT START until the connection icon shows that internet is connected. What they should do is start and say "page not found" or similar (2) Task Manager shows in its performance graph that none of the 4 cpus is busy BUT if you click almost anything in Task Manager (example Show processes from all users OR cpu at the top of the cpu column which orders the processes by cpu % used) NOTHING HAPPENS and instead you hear a "beep" sound. And note that TM shows the cpu is not at all busy so THAT is NOT IT.(3) Forum posters report that if you go to and click Status which should order the services by Started or not, NOTHING HAPPENS (gee sounds just like the same thjng as Task Manager above !!! The general drift of suggestions at the many forum threads found by Google search (with the search string above) is this is a problem with Windows 7 services (which of course includes services for programs installed and HW installed).