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?