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Windows 7: W7 not asking for passkey when connecting to WEP wifi

24 Nov 2011   #11


Thanks Wareus. Appreciate your help on a quiet Thanksgiving day.

In this case simply deleting the connection profile that W7 had created did the trick. These profiles are done automatically, are (as Bill2 informed me) stored in "Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center -> Manage wireless networks" under the name of the link, and are used automatically if the link is tagged "autoconnect."

I tried to deactivate the autoconnect but could not find a way to do so (the autoconnect checkbox could not be unchecked in the link listings). Deleting the profile accomplishes this - if you know it exists and where to find it! I just stayed stuck in a loop of "connecting" and W7 offering to perform a (long but fruitless) auto debug.

I would say this is an example automatic stuff making things less convenient than if they didn't exist. Why not just prompt for the wireless key when the stored one is wrong?

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06 Mar 2013   #12

Windows 7 64 bit
fixed it

I've been having this same problem with other people's wireless networks and spending a few days at a friend's house where I couldn't get internet got me to start reading all the unhelpful advice on the internet and start playing around with things and this is is what finally worked: Connected to the router with an Ethernet cable, went in to the "advanced wireless" page and changed the authentication type from shared to auto. Voila - when I clicked on that wireless network it asked for the password! Joy.
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