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How can a non-administrator disable a wireless network connection

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Windows hangs for a good minute or two during boot-up (after XP screen) whilst it (apparently) searches for a wireless connection.  This, despite the fact that the wireless card is disabled by the Dell Wireless Client Manager and the Wireless Zero Configuration is diabled.  The actual service in Network Connections is still enabled.  Disabling this connection eliminates the boot-up problem.

Sometimes I want the wirless network on, sometimes off.  The problem is that I have to be logged in as administartor to enable/diable the connection via Windows.  I try not to stay logged in as administartor.   Is there any way I can give myself rights to enable/disable this wireless connection when logged in as a power user?

An alternative solution to my problem would be a way of stopping XP from doing anything and defer to the wireless client manager when the Wireless Zero Configuration is diabled.

Either solution will earn the points.
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rbkumaran earned 400 total points
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Hi,

You may try to set the "Prohibit Enabling/Disabling LAN Connection" to DISABLED property in the Group Policy.

To do that,

1. Click Start - Run, type, GPEDIT.MSC.
2. Click the Network and Dialup connections under User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Network and Dialup connection.
3. Once done, restart the computer.

This should help you get access to the Enable Disable option as a Limited User.

Good Luck!!!

Kumaran
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by:garylane
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That did the job perfectly.  An easy 400 points for you.  There's just so much posted so deep in the GP Editor it's hard to find despite what I thought was extensive searching.

Thank you.
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