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Windlows 8.1 problem logging onto password protected wireless networks

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This is a follow-up to a previous question. I was unable to log onto a password protected wireless network after I had upgraded a tablet to Windows 8.1. Normally, when logging onto a password protected wireless network, one gets a screen to add the password. With Windows 8.1, there was no opportunity to enter a password, and so the tablet could not connect. I finally solved the problem, after applying various suggested fixes, by connecting manually, which does give one the opportunity to add the password.

Here's my question? Is this how Windows 8.1 works when trying to connect to a password protected network; that one has to create the connection manually, or is there some setting in 8.1 that I have not set up correctly.

Thanks for your help
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by:marsilies
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No, when connecting to a network for the first time, Windows 8.1 will prompt for the password, aka security key:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/network-connection-problem-help#network-problems=windows-81&v1h=win81tab2

Your situation was different in that the upgrade to Windows 8.1 likely messed something up. Was your problem with reconnecting to previously connected wifi networks, or in connecting to all-new wifi networks?
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by:John_Holecek
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Reconnecting to a previously connected wifi network.
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It's likely that the saved settings got corrupted somehow during the upgrade. So Windows didn't ask for a password because it already had one for that network, but since it was corrupted it wasn't working. The manual connection forced Windows to forget the old settings and let you enter new ones. The new settings got saved and overwrote the older corrupted settings.

If possible, try connecting it to a new wifi network. Take the tablet to a coffee shop or something with password-protected wifi. The tablet should prompt for a password if it's never connected to that wifi before.
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by:John_Holecek
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I'll do that and let you know.
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by:John_Holecek
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Yup, password prompt came up. Thanks.
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