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Unticking "Use Widows To Cofigure My Wireless Network Settings"

Posted on 2006-11-04
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I have a Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop with Win XP.
It has a Netgear card WG511T wireless and am connecting to AOL on a DSL link.

When I restart the machine it loses the tick in the checkbox "Use Widows To Cofigure My Wireless Network Settings". This is supposed to always be checked by default.

I have to go in Network Connection, Properties, Wireless Network tab and check the box to get the Connection before I can log in.

Is there a way to ensure the setting is always ticked please?
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My guess is that you have ANOTHER appliation that is "unticking" this since it wants to control the wireless.  I'd bet it's a Toshiba application that was provided with the machine.

Two options:

1) Use the Toshiba supplied wireless config utility.
2) Disable or uninstall it and use the Windows WZC configurator.
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Sorry, I missed the "Netgear WG511T" comment.  I'll guess then that you are using a Netgear supplied wireless utility.  So the same comment applies.
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jhance, Hi, I have a Netgear CD that came with the card. I used it to install and it needed the WEP and all that stuff. There is a Toshiba modem in the laptop and a Wireless app that comes with it (I think it is a Centrino). What would you say I uninstall and what to keep? How does it untick, is there something in a script or a registry key?
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Hello jseager...

I've just visited this site: http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/WG511T.asp and I found from reading the user manual for this card that you do not have a choice to use the integrated Windows Wireless config.

With this card you must use the netgear utility provided to configure the wireless connection profiles. Netgear does not recommend (or provide instructions) to disable thier utiilty.

The reason is that this card provides an advanced instruction set that is beyond the capability of windows to administer. Read through the manual, use the netgear utility and in time i'm sure you will find it just as easy.

-neo
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Neomage, That's odd because at the bottom of P.38 of the manual it talks about the ability to set or unset the checkbox thereby effectively handing you the choice of allowing Netgear's utility to be superceded by Windows XP or not. Nowhere does it allude to an instruction set beyond the capability of Windows (sic) to administer. How strange. Time has now passed and it hasn't become easier.
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start run type msconfig
click start up

there is a program there which unticks the tick
it will have reference to wireless zero config untick this and save it

JOhn
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John,
Thank you. I have disabled the Netgear process in the startup and the checkbox "Use Widows To Configure My Wireless Network Settings" now stays ticked on restart.

Jhance, you were on the right track too.

When I spoke to AOL Tech Support they insisted that the checkbox needs to be ticked to be able to connect but it seems the software for Netgear WG511T trys to untick it on restart. If anyone else gets a similar problem then the solution works as above.
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