Windows Vista WLAN Autoconfig
Unlike Windows XP, Windows Vista does not have the wireless zero configurationÂ (WZC) service, instead the service used to detect available wireless network and manage wireless network profiles is called WLAN Autoconfig.
If you do not enable this feature, you need to use the other wireless utility which is provided by wireless adapter manufacturer in order to connect to wireless networks.
Graphical Interface Method
Here is how you can enable/disable this feature:
1. Go to Start and right click Computer. Select and click Manage.
2. Computer Management window will appear. Under Services and Applications, select Services.
(Another way to reach this is: Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services
3. Scroll down and select WLAN AutoConfig.
4. Double-click the service and its properties window will appear. If the startup type is not set to automatic, click on the dropdown arrow and change it to Automatic. Click Start to start the service if itâ€™s not started. Click OK at last.
Command Line Method
Â To do this via the command you have to use Windows Vista Netsh commands for wireless local area networks (WLAN) .
To disable the WLAN Autoconfig you can follow these steps:
1. Click on Start, type in “cmd” without the quotes, then right-click on cmd.exe which appears in your search.
2. Select run as administrator.
3. The WLAN service must be running first. If it isn’t type net start wlansvc.
4. Type in netsh wlan set autoconfig enabled=no interface=”name of your wireless network here” (with the quotes)
(If you need to see the name of your wireless network first, type in netsh wlan show settings)
To enable WLAN Autoconfig via command line use the same process but in step #3 changeÂ command to enabled=yes
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