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Windows XP Wireless is "Validating Identity"?

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Last Modified: 2012-02-16
For years I have been using Wndows XP with wireless networks.  I have never had a problem connecting to wireless networks with Windows XP until just the past year it seems.  I think the problem has to do with the type of encryption (WEP/WPA/etc.), but I can't be sure.  In the past, I think I have mostly used the older WEP encryption, and nowadays, it seems like most wireless networks are using more recent encryption methods.  Anyway, the problem at my house and other locations I have been to, is that when my Windows XP machine tries to connect to a wireless network, it just sits there saying "Validating Identity".  There is some checkbox in the properties window that I now have to uncheck it seems in order to get this resolved, but even then, it doesn't always work.  My windows 7 machines connect just fine to the wireless network.  Any idea what the story is behind this Validating Identity thing with Windows XP?  Is this a fairly new thing for Windows XP  (maybe a service pack or update) or did I just never encounter this for the first few years while using Windows XP?
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Maybe some fairly recent Windows XP update automatically checks the "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network" box under the Wireless Network Properties?  Many of the Windows XP machines I maintain at the office don't have this check box enable.  I guess I don't understand how it get's enabled.  Last week, I did a clean install of Windows XP on a laptop, and when I took it home, I had the validating identity problem and couldn't connect to my home network.  Even after I unchecked the box, it still wouldn't connect, but I didn't spend much time trying to connect after it didn't work the first time.  I just plugged directly into my home router.
Open the properties for the wireless network and click on the Authentication Tab. Remove the check mark from "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network."

Is this what you were referring to?

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Yes, that is what I am referring to.  Since 2002 when XP first came out up until probably around the past year or so, I never had to uncheck the "Enable 802.1x authentication".  I am just trying to figure out why that is an issue now and not before.
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There is a patch!  This makes sense now.  I have slipstreamed my XP install cd with Service pack 3, so my installs all usually have svp3 right from the start.  But the other day, when I had this problem, I had downloaded the wireless NIC driver, and was trying to attach to my wireless network so I could run windows updates.  So in this case, and probably a few other times over the years, if I try to connect to wireless networks using WPA before I get all the windows updates, I'll probably have issues.

This update would explain everything...thanks!

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One additional comment - that update is apparently part of Service pack 3.  It has been a few days since I was having that problem with the laptop on my wireless network, but I am almost positive it already had service pack 3 installed on it.  I wonder why it couldn't connect?

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