Turning the Windows XP Wireless Utility On or Off

by Eric Geier [Published on 3 April 2008 / Last Updated on 3 April 2008]

How to toggle between your wireless adapter’s configuration utility and Windows XP’s.

Wireless adapters usually come with their own configuration utility, installed with the driver. However if you prefer to use Windows XP’s built-in wireless utility—known as Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC)—you can re-enable it:

  1. Double-click your adapter’s icon in the system tray.
  2. Click Properties.
  3. Click the Wireless Networks tab.
  4. Check or uncheck the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings option.


Eric Geier is an author of many wireless networking and computing books including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008), 100 Things You Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows Vista (Que 2007) and Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting up Public Wireless Internet Access (Cisco Press 2006).

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