XP: Prevent Your Computer from Connecting to Wireless Networks

Posted May 26, 2006 by Hack_Vista in Windows

Frequently, my system connects to wireless networks even when I do not want to be online or connected. Here is how to keep XP from connecting to random Wi-Fi spots without your permission.

When I walk around my office, my notebook must connect to at least half a dozen different Wi-Fi systems. This is nice if I want to be connected to the internet; however, I most often just want to code without any connections to the outside world. Most importantly, being connected to an unknown, open Wi-Fi is a big security risk.

Here is how to prevent your laptop from connecting to random Wi-Fi spots:

1. Click Start.
2. Click Control Panel.
3. Select Network Connections.
4. Right-click your wireless connection.
5. Click Properties.
6. Click Wireless Networks tab.
7. Deselect the checkbox next to Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings.
8. Click OK.

When you want to reconnect, just reselect the check box, and allow Windows to control your network again.

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