Tips to turn on Wireless Zero Configuration in Windows® XP
Learn about about Wireless Zero Configuration in Windows XP systems. Also, know how to turn on the option for Wireless Zero Configuration in Windows XP systems
Windows XP is an operating system developed and released by Microsoft. It comes with better features that simplify the daily tasks of the users. The wireless connectivity of Windows XP is enhanced by a service called Wireless Zero Configuration. The Wireless Zero Configuration allows the Windows OS to detect the active wireless networks and automatically connects to the most preferred one. Wireless Zero Configuration can identify the access points that have same network name or SSID. It then connects to that access point that has the strongest signal. This will allow the users to use a wireless network at its maximum throughput. Users also have the provision to tell the Wireless Zero Configuration to use a SSID of their choice. This will allow the users to connect to a network with hidden SSID.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to know more about Wireless Zero Configuration and also provide the steps to enable it in a Windows XP system:
- Identifying access points
- Third party management
- Enabling WZC in Windows XP
Identifying access points
Wireless Zero Configuration is a service in Windows XP systems that help the users in connecting to a wireless network. It has the ability to identify an access point in its vicinity. It can also connect to the access point that has the strongest signal. Wireless Zero Configuration also identifies the network name or SSID in an access point. This will help it to identify different access points of the same network and can be represented as a single network before the users.
Third party management
Wireless Zero Configuration service is flexible enough to work with a third party manager. While working with a third party manager, the users have the option to tell the Wireless Zero Configuration that it should connect to a particular wireless network. This will also help the users to connect to a wireless network which has a hidden SSID.
Wireless Zero Configuration comes enabled while installing Windows XP. However, users have the option to enable it in case it gets disabled due to some reasons. To enable it, open ‘Start’ menu and right click on ‘My Computer’. Now select ‘Manage’. A new window will be displayed entitled as 'Computer Management'. Expand 'Services and Applications' and click on 'Services'. Locate and double click on 'Wireless Zero Configuration'. The properties window will be displayed by now. Click on ‘Start’ button to start the service and select 'Automatic' in the dropdown list next to 'Startup type'. Click ‘OK’ to save settings and close the following dialog boxes and windows.
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