How to Allow Microsoft to Manage Wireless Connections

by Jeff Grundy

Windows 7 wireless network management allows you to configure your wireless connections and even create profiles for different locations or security concerns. After installing some wireless adapters, though, the manufacturer-supplied wireless management software might disable the Microsoft Wireless Management Service (WLAN).

In many cases, people find the Microsoft management service easier to configure and use than those supplied by computer or wireless adapter makers. Therefore, if the manufacturer-supplied software disables the WLAN service, you will need to reactivate the Microsoft service.

Click "Start," then right-click the "Computer" tab. Click "Manage" when the pop-up menu appears.

Wait for the "Computer Management" window to appear, then double-click "Services and Applications" in the left side of the window. Click "Services" when the "Services and Applications" link expands.

Scroll down to and double-click the "WLAN AutoConfig" service option. After the "WLAN AutoConfig" properties window opens, click the drop-down box next to the "Startup type:" label. Select the "Automatic" option, then click the "OK" button.

Click "Start" and then "Control Panel." Click the "Programs and Features" link. After the new window appears, scroll down to the third-party wireless management program and highlight the application name. Click the "Uninstall" tab at the top of the window, then wait as Windows uninstalls the program. Reboot your computer if prompted to do so.

Click "Start" and then "Control Panel," then click the "Network and Sharing Center" option. After the new window appears, click the "Manage wireless networks" link in the left side of the window. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your wireless adapter and connect to a network. Restart your PC if Windows prompts you to do so.

About the Author

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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