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Disable “Wireless Zero Configuration” In Windows Vista

Windows Vista WLAN Autoconfig

Unlike Windows XP, Windows Vista does not have the wireless zero configuration  (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 it’s not started. Click OK at last.

Command Line Method

 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 change command to enabled=yes

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7 Responses to “Disable “Wireless Zero Configuration” In Windows Vista”

  1. [...] I believe I finally figured out something through help from another internet forum. Disable Wireless Zero Configuration In Windows Vista at WLAN Book.com You can enable and disable that every time you turn on vista unless you have another network [...]

  2. How do you turn it off WITHOUT disconnecting from wireless? This stupid utility creates a massive lag spike every 20-60 seconds that makes it impossible to play any online games.

    The problem does not happen in XP, and if it does, you can just disable Wireless Zero without disconnecting from your wireless network.

    There are two WLAN optimizer programs out there which are supposed to help, but don’t. The concensus is that the programs work for about 15% of users. The rest tend to either uninstall vista or quit gaming on their PC entirely.

    So, do I want DX10 or do I want the internet? Vista is like a terrorist organization, asking which body part they want me to cut off. What a shitty choice to have to make, pardon my french. Trying to solve this problem is like talking to a brick wall. Where the hell is the solution?

  3. I have windows vista premium home edition installed on my laptop which has built in wireless modem which is connected to a wireless linksys modem. Is there anyway that you can create 2 userids that if you signon with one userid it automatically disables the modem and if you signon with the other user id it has connection

  4. Solution: install small program here: http://www.martin-majowski.de/wlanoptimizer/

    First make sure SP1 is installed. Go there for more info.

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  7. [quote]Solution: install small program here: http://www.martin-majowski.de/wlanoptimizer/

    First make sure SP1 is installed. Go there for more info.[/quote]

    Besides that one, there is also program called Vista Anti-Lag which should do the work. But the problem is that both of these programs don’t work. At least for me and my friends also who have Vista. So laggs are still totally ruining gaming.