Windows 10: Windows GPS location completely wrong, grabbing my previous address?
Windows GPS location completely wrong, grabbing my previous address?
I'm having the strangest issue I've ever encountered with Windows, or any piece of technology. I'm very tech savvy but am completely stuck with this and am thinking of doing a format and fresh install. Before I do that, anyone have any idea what is happening?
I have a brand new computer which I just built here in Colorado. I just moved here from Nashville a month ago and brought my older desktop with me, also running Windows 10 (no issues on that desktop at all). The new computer is automatically detecting Central time instead of Mountain time, so I went into Windows Maps to see what location the GPS is grabbing and it points to exactly where my old apartment is in Nashville! So strange! Weather app also thinks I'm in Nashville. If I go to Google Chrome and use GPS location in Google Maps, it finds my correct location. If I use Edge to do the same thing in Google Maps, it goes to Nashville. So Chrome is grabbing the correct GPS but for some reason Windows and MS apps are not. I have NO idea how my old address is remotely connected to the new computer. I built it here in Colorado. It is not signed into a MS account, rather a local admin account. The only relationship is that both computers are on the same local network, but my old computer that was actually in Nashville doesn't have this problem and correctly gets the GPS location.
I tried toggling location/location service on and off, I enabled General location. I have Default location set to my city in Colorado. I tried clearing Location history. I also tried connecting to my phone's hotspot which didn't change anything.
Anyone have any idea what's going on? Is my new computer haunted? lol
Thanks for the tip. Did they change the location of that setting? I have latest update and I'm not seeing Find My Device in Update & Security settings
Hmm that's weird. My laptop has the setting but neither desktops have it.
Not sure this will work, but try doing what @Cliff S suggests in the comment he made on May 8th, 2015 on this other thread.
How to change the default location in the weather app?
What GPS hardware do you have in your computer? Non GPS equipped hardware usually gets the location from the ISP server location.
unfortunately no luck. Thanks though
I don't have any GPS hardware. My IP is a Colorado IP. Even when I connect the computer to my phone's hotspot (obviously different IP), it points to the same exact location (my old apartment).
I guess I'll just format tomorrow. :/ So odd
Without GPS hardware, your computer can only know its location based on the connected server.
Even though the ISP is located in Colorado, the "connected to" server could be anywhere and actually change periodically.
I am in Florida and the system sees me located in Kansas, Illinois, and Georgia at various times since that is where the server I am connected to is located.
This site can tell you where the system thinks you are, based on your public IP address.
Cmon this doesn't explain anything It's just one computer that's having the issue. Other computers also on Windows 10 with the same public IP are reporting the correct location. And why is it reporting the exact location as my old apartment halfway across the country? Very strange.
Formatting and reinstalling windows fixed it. Oh well
Last edited by mixolyd; 02 Sep 2016 at 12:47.
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