Solved: Windows XP Saved Wireless Passwords

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IsolatedSnail

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Okay, so here's my question. On my laptop about a year back, running WinXP MCE 2005, I accidentally mistyped a wireless password. After that day, I could go in and delete the network from advanced properties, change the password, in advanced properties and just by clicking connect and letting it fail once. And it would always revert back after a reboot to the incorrect password. I Googled for awhile and found no solution to fixing it and eventually I upgraded my laptop so it didn't matter. Now, :) my girlfriend's new freshly formatted laptop running WinXP Home is doing the exact same thing at her job. She fat-fingered the password once and everyday it resets back to the wrong password.

Any solutions? Command line switches or something I can run to clear the wireless key cache? Files I can delete?

*Note: The one I'm trying to fix is running WinXP Home. SP3, fully updated.
 

IsolatedSnail

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Yeah, I've done that. Once you add it back, it will take the correct password the first time and connect you no problem. You reboot then it has the old password again and won't connect. Any ideas? Sorry it took me so long to reply, finals week at my university plus work is really taxing me right now. Thanks for link, that was what I found when I first had the issue and Googled around but it seems to have some kind of cache in Windows still. Maybe it's just a glitch. It's only happened to me on 2 computers and I have close to 7-8 that run on my wireless regularly.
 

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One possibility is two wireless utilities running--one has the wrong password and the other has the correct one. Candidates include XP's Wireless Zero Configuration, a utility named for the laptop (e.g., Dell WLAN), and a utility named for the adapter (e.g., Intel Proset).
 

IsolatedSnail

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It's only the windows wireless utility running. I actually was able to solve the problem on my girlfriends work computer by installing a 3rd party wireless app and typing the correct password into that. I still can't figure out what the deal is with windows. It's like it refuses to forget that password she put in originally.
 
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