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Where to disable Windows7-ability to configure wireless-networking

    Question

  • Hi,

    I try to install my wlan-stick to get connection to my router. With xp I had a software to configure this. With w7 I have the impression, that OS try to make this, which might be the reasion, that the above mentioned software somehow does not work. As far as I remember, theres was a possibility with xp to tell xp not to configure the connection, but to leave this to external software. Where can I find this with w7?

    Thanks for any answers.

    poet-man
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 9:40 AM

Answers

  • Don't turn off WLAN Autoconfig if you don't need to since it is typically used by 3rd party connection managers in Vista and Windows7. Please first give it a shot at managing your wireless adapter. If that does not work for some reason please do share your experience with why it does not work with us. Make sure you are running the latest drivers - check Windows Update or get the latest Vista drivers from the manufacturer website.

    If you have to use a third party connection manager, you can instruct wlansvc not to manage a specific adapter by running the command: netsh wlan set autoconfig enabled=no interface=<intf-name>. This will leave wlansvc running but will tell it not to manage connections attempts on adapter <intf-name> (typically you want "Wireless Network Connection"). In most cases this should suffice for you and the 3rd party connection manager will usually depend on WLAN Autoconfig to operate.

    If that doesn't work either then try disabling wlansvc altogether.

    Please let us know what NIC you are using (brand, model, revision) as well as the driver (from the output of "netsh wlan show driver").

    Thanks,
    Alok Manchanda
    Microsoft Corporation
    • Marked as answer by Adam M MCP Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:25 PM
    Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:29 AM

All replies

  • 1. Click Windows Key or Start Logo
    2. type services.msc and hit enter
    3. Locate and stop (then disable) WLAN Auto Config service

    If automatic configuration is working, I highly recommend you rely on it and do not install third party software. Especially on Notebooks there is often pre-installed WLAN client software on them causing far more issues than using just the Windows features for WLAN.
    • Proposed as answer by ChristophSackl Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:24 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by Adam M MCP Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:26 PM
    Wednesday, May 20, 2009 11:24 AM
  • Don't turn off WLAN Autoconfig if you don't need to since it is typically used by 3rd party connection managers in Vista and Windows7. Please first give it a shot at managing your wireless adapter. If that does not work for some reason please do share your experience with why it does not work with us. Make sure you are running the latest drivers - check Windows Update or get the latest Vista drivers from the manufacturer website.

    If you have to use a third party connection manager, you can instruct wlansvc not to manage a specific adapter by running the command: netsh wlan set autoconfig enabled=no interface=<intf-name>. This will leave wlansvc running but will tell it not to manage connections attempts on adapter <intf-name> (typically you want "Wireless Network Connection"). In most cases this should suffice for you and the 3rd party connection manager will usually depend on WLAN Autoconfig to operate.

    If that doesn't work either then try disabling wlansvc altogether.

    Please let us know what NIC you are using (brand, model, revision) as well as the driver (from the output of "netsh wlan show driver").

    Thanks,
    Alok Manchanda
    Microsoft Corporation
    • Marked as answer by Adam M MCP Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:25 PM
    Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:29 AM