Thursday, February 21, 2008

Vista: Wireless Bug

I've bumped into a bug on Windows Vista and wireless networking. When Vista connects to a wireless network, it stores the SSID in the registry. When trying to use a public wireless network, I've noticed that sometimes Vista simply refused to connect. No reason, just because.

Solution: delete the SSID from the registry. The SSID appears three times, but it is only the first instance, the Profile that needs to be deleted. Drill down through:
        Windows NT
Under Profiles, there are several keys. As each is highlighted, the ProfileName is displayed in the right hand pane. When the offending SSID is located, delete the entire key from the Profiles branch in the left hand pane.

Repeat the connect process, and all should work.

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