Windows XP drops wireless connection randomly

You know how it goes – you are surfing along when all of a sudden you can’t view web pages and your IM client disconnects. Then you see that the wireless connection has reconnected, and everything works again. Annoying, isn’t it?

Windows XP users know this all too well if you use a static Wifi 802.11 connection. You are in range constantly, but occasionally wireless randomly loses the connection.

The culprit? Windows Wireless Zero Configuration service. To fix this, disable the service! You only need this service if you will have your PC use different wireless networks (for example, you use a portable laptop).

To disable the service, go to Start->Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Services. Scroll down to Wireless Zero Configuration, right click and Properties. Press STOP, then go to Startup Type and change to Manual, then Apply. Click OK and you are done, WZC will no longer start up at boot time.

Dave Drager

Dave Drager


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