Resolving Windows® XP Wireless Network Problems
Having problems with the use of wireless network on your Windows XP system? Find out how to solve them
Windows XP is one of the best operating systems of all time. Even though product support for Windows XP has ended, the OS is widely used all over the world because of its simplicity and usability. Windows XP even has networking capabilities that would ensure that the system operating on this OS can be connected to any network and this includes wireless networks. Windows XP also has a network wizard that allows users to configure and use wireless networks on the system. However, some Windows XP users might face a few problems when connecting their systems to wireless networks. Some of the common problems that Windows XP users might face when connecting to wireless network include system not at all connecting, connection being very slow, connection getting terminated on its own, system freeze when connecting to wireless network, limited connectivity and so on. Some of the problems when connecting Windows XP to wireless network would be accompanied by error messages stating that the required task cannot be completed.
Following details gives users more information regarding tips and techniques to remove Windows XP wireless issues:
- Check wireless drivers
- Scan and remove threats
- Verify network/ security settings
Check wireless drivers
Your Windows XP system connects to wireless network with the help of wireless network cards. These wireless network cards in turn require drivers to function. Drivers link the wireless network cards with the operating system and if the wireless network drivers installed on the system are having some issues, then system would not be able to connect to wireless network. All Windows XP users having wireless issues are recommended to check the wireless network drivers installed on the system using the device manager. If the wireless drivers are found illegitimate/ incorrect or outdated, they would have to be replaced with suitable ones to solve the issues.
Scan and remove threats
Wireless problems on your Windows XP system might be because of the presence of malware infections within the system. Malware such as Confickers are known to cause issues with the connectivity of the system so that users would not be able to remove the malware using any online malware removal tools. Installing the system with a good antivirus program and then removing the threats would resolve such problems.
Incorrect configuration of network or security settings can also cause wireless network connection issues. All Windows XP users having wireless network experience are advised to check the network settings such as access points and also the security settings such as firewall configuration. If the wireless problem has come up after some changes were made to settings, then changing settings back to default values would solve the issues.