The Wireless Network Setup Wizard and the
View Available Wireless Networks
feature both rely on the Wireless Zero Configuration service to provide their functionality to Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Microsoft Windows XP Table PC Edition 2005. If the Wireless Zero Configuration service is not available, you receive an error message that directs you to this article.
This behavior occurs for several reasons. Some computer and hardware manufacturers provide their own configuration software that replaces the Wireless Zero Configuration service that is provided in Windows. In that case, you must use the software that is provided by the manufacturer to configure your wireless network. If you want to use the Wireless Network Setup Wizard or the View Available Wireless Networks
feature to configure your wireless device, see the documentation that came with your computer or with your wireless network card. Use this documentation to determine whether you can use the Wireless Zero Configuration service to configure your wireless network. Sometimes, you cannot use the Windows functionality.
To attempt to reconfigure Wireless Zero Configuration for all wireless profiles, go to the "Fix it for me
" section. If you’d rather attempt to reconfigure Wireless Zero Configuration yourself, go to the "Let me fix it myself
Fix it for me
To reconfigure Wireless Zero Configuration for all wireless profiles automatically, click the Fix this problem
link. Then click
in the File Download
dialog box, and follow the steps in this wizard.
This wizard may be in English only. However, the automatic fix also works for other language versions of Windows.Note
If you are not on the computer that has the problem, you can save the automatic fix to a flash drive or to a CD so that you can run it on the computer that has the problem.
Let me fix it myself
If your computer or your wireless network adapter did not come with its own wireless network software, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, type ncpa.cpl, and then click OK.
- Click Network Connections.
- In Network Connections, click to select your wireless connection, and then click Change settings of this connection.
- On the Wireless Networks tab, click to
select the Use Windows to configure my wireless network
settings check box.
To start the Wireless Zero Configuration service, follow these steps:
- Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc /s, and then click OK.
- Double-click Wireless Zero Configuration.
- In the Startup type list, click Automatic, and then click Apply.
- In the Service status area, click
Start, and then click OK.
If you receive an error message when you try to start
the service, see the "References" section for more troubleshooting information.
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Overview of the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) security update in Windows XP
How to troubleshoot wireless network connections in Windows XP