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Windows 7: How do I change WEP key for saved network (or delete and reconnect)?


08 Jul 2012   #1

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How do I change WEP key for saved network (or delete and reconnect)?

Hi,

I'm having problems with my Dell-inspiron mini. I'm not amazing with computers, but I'm reasonably capable.

I have a wireless LAN sharing internet through a Mac Book Pro, i have no problems connecting to this with Ubuntu, an android phone, and other Apple products. The only system that i'm having problems with is the windows partition....The network is listed in available connections, but seems to have the wrong WEP key because it fails to connect. However I cannot delete the connection and start again as the network is not listed in 'Manage Wireless Networks'.

I'm stuck!! I cannot scan for updates because even when the notebook is plugged directly into the router it will not connect to the internet. I can just about get onto my neighbours WiFi network, but it is very poor strength and cuts out, so can't really use that. I know the hardware in the computer is fine because the Ubuntu partition works.

Please help! any tips or things to try would be great!
Thanks in advance!

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09 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BuzzyBee View Post
Hi,

I'm having problems with my Dell-inspiron mini. I'm not amazing with computers, but I'm reasonably capable.

I have a wireless LAN sharing internet through a Mac Book Pro, i have no problems connecting to this with Ubuntu, an android phone, and other Apple products. The only system that i'm having problems with is the windows partition....The network is listed in available connections, but seems to have the wrong WEP key because it fails to connect. However I cannot delete the connection and start again as the network is not listed in 'Manage Wireless Networks'.

I'm stuck!! I cannot scan for updates because even when the notebook is plugged directly into the router it will not connect to the internet. I can just about get onto my neighbours WiFi network, but it is very poor strength and cuts out, so can't really use that. I know the hardware in the computer is fine because the Ubuntu partition works.

Please help! any tips or things to try would be great!
Thanks in advance!
You should be able to set up the connection manually by following the tutorial below.
How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks | 7 Tutorials

Updating the wireless drivers for the Windows 7 machine or updating the routers firmware is also an option.
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09 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 starter
 
 

Thanks for the suggestions!

I couldn't set up a manual connection, don't know why... The network is not hidden, it shows up in as available in the system tray, but just won't connect to it! and unfortunately like I siad it doesn't appear in the "Manage Wireless Networks", so i can't delete it! i tired the trouble shooting ideas on the link you provided - thanks for that.

I did eventually manage to get it onto a wired network, so have checked the drivers are the most up to date and sadly that hasn't helped. I think the wireless card and network must be compatible becuase the netbook joins the network when using the Ubuntu partition. I think i might just have to try and reformat the whole thing and start again!

Cheers!
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