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Windows 7: How to Enable Windows Wireless Service


18 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 
How to Enable Windows Wireless Service

Dell XPS16

How do I enable Windows Wireless Service in order to connect to my wireless router.
The connection is fine using a cable.
I have a button like an aerial mast and it shows that the it's not on.
When I tap it to turn it on, it wont stay on!
Troubleshoot tells me that Windows Wireless Service is not running.
Any ideas please.

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18 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Harrismith View Post
Dell XPS16

How do I enable Windows Wireless Service in order to connect to my wireless router.
The connection is fine using a cable.
I have a button like an aerial mast and it shows that the it's not on.
When I tap it to turn it on, it wont stay on!
Troubleshoot tells me that Windows Wireless Service is not running.
Any ideas please.
This button that turns it on - what does the button turn on?

I assume you have a wireless adapter installed in your computer?
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18 Mar 2010   #3

 

type in to search "services.msc"
scroll down until you find: WLAN AutoConfig It should say "started" and Automatic.
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18 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Click Start, type services.msc, then press Enter.
Scroll down to "WLAN AutoConfig" and right click on it and select Properties. Set it to Automatic and not Disabled, and press the Start button, then click OK.
That should start the service.
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18 Mar 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

The following is from Windows Help and Support:

Set up the router

If your router displays the Windows 7 logo or the phrase "Compatible with Windows 7," you can set it up automatically using the latest version of Windows Connect Now (WCN) on Windows 7 or Windows Vista Service Pack 2. Follow these steps to set up your router automatically:
  1. Unpack the router and plug it into a power source. Because you are using WCN, you don't need to physically connect the router to your computer.
  2. [IMG]mshelp://help/?id=Microsoft.Windows.Resources.ShellExecuteTopicIcon[/IMG]Click to open Connect to a Network.
  3. A list of networks currently available is displayed.
  4. Click the default network of your router, which is identified by the manufacturer name.
  5. Follow the instructions on your screen.
    Note

    • WCN sets up the network with security turned on by default. You can change the security settings later if desired.
Even if WCN isn't available, most routers come with a setup CD that will assist you in setting it up. Review the information that came with your router.
If WCN isn't available, you can also follow these steps to set up the router manually:
  1. Unpack the router and plug it into a power source.
  2. Connect one end of the network cable to the computer’s wired network adapter and connect the other end to the wireless router (in any port that isn't labeled "Internet," "WAN," or "WLAN").
  3. Open your web browser and type the address of the router’s configuration webpage. For most routers, the address to the configuration webpage is either http://192.168.0.1 or http://192.168.1.1. The following list provides information about how to access the webpage for some of the most common routers.
    Router
    Address
    User name
    Password
    3Com
    http://192.168.1.1
    admin
    admin
    D-Link
    http://192.168.0.1
    admin

    Linksys
    http://192.168.1.1
    admin
    admin
    Microsoft Broadband
    http://192.168.2.1
    admin
    admin
    Netgear
    http://192.168.0.1
    admin
    password
    After you access the configuration page, you'll be asked to log in with a user name and password. To find the user name and password, refer to the table above or review the information that came with your router.
  4. Run the router’s setup utility, if there is one. If there is no setup utility, configure the following settings manually by referring to the information that came with your router.
    • Choose a name for the wireless network by specifying the service set identifier (SSID).
    • Select the kind of encryption (WPA, WPA2, or WEP) you want to use for security and turn it on.
      Note

      • We recommend using WPA2, if possible. We don't recommend using WEP. WPA or WPA2 are more secure. If you try WPA or WPA2 and they don't work, we recommend that you upgrade your network adapter to one that works with WPA or WPA2.
    • Choose a security key to be used for access to the wireless network.
    • Change the default administrative password of the router to a new password so that other people can't gain access to your network.
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19 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 

I have carried out the following as advised by Bill2:

'Click Start, type services.msc, then press Enter.
Scroll down to "WLAN AutoConfig" and right click on it and select Properties. Set it to Automatic and not Disabled, and press the Start button, then click OK.
That should start the service.'


I received the following message:

"Windows could not start Wired AutoConfig Service on local computer.
Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start."
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19 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 Proffesional
 
 

In desperation I have carried out a System Restore and all is Tickety-Boo. Fortunately there was a restore point for earlier this week.
However it would be interesting to know what I did to mess up.....!
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19 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I am glad to hear the you got it up and running. Good old restore points!
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24 Aug 2013   #9

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I tried the above recommendation. My service is on both start and automatic. My computer still will not recognize my wireless. Please help!!!
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24 Aug 2013   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Did you try this:

Quote:
I have carried out the following as advised by Bill2:

'Click Start, type services.msc, then press Enter.
Scroll down to "WLAN AutoConfig" and right click on it and select Properties. Set it to Automatic and not Disabled, and press the Start button, then click OK.
That should start the service.'
If so, did you get this message:

Quote:
"Windows could not start Wired AutoConfig Service on local computer.
Error 1068: The dependency service or group failed to start."
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