Fixing Accidental Enabling of 802.1X for a Network

by Eric Geier [Published on 3 June 2009 / Last Updated on 23 Jan. 2009]

Addressing the "Click here to select a certificate or other credentials for connection to the network" message.

Are you trying to connect to a network in Windows XP and keep receiving the following message?

“Click here to select a certificate or other credentials for connection to the network”


Well this means 802.1X, an authentication and security feature, is enabled for the network profile. If you don’t know what this is or haven’t been told to configure 802.1X or PEAP for the network, you might have just accidentally enabled it when going through the settings. You can however, easily disable this feature in so you can connect to your network:

  1. Double-click the wireless icon in the system tray.
  2. Click the Change the order of preferred networks link on the left.
  3. On the Wireless Networks tab, double-click the profile entry.
  4. On the profile properties dialog, select the Authentication tab.
  5. Uncheck the Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network option and click OK.
  6. Now try to connect to the network again.

This same situation is possible in Windows Vista, however, it’s a bit smarter; on the Connect to a Network window it will tell you that your settings don’t match those of the network.


The Author — Eric Geier

Eric Geier (Dayton, Ohio) is a Freelance  Tech Writer and Author specializing in computer networking. He's also the Founder and Owner of NoWiresSecurity, which provides a hosted cloud-based RADIUS service to help businesses easily secure their Wi-Fi networks with the Enterprise (802.1X) mode of WPA/WPA2 security. He’s also the Founder and Owner of On Spot Techs, which provides on-site computer and technology services.

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