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Tried to speed up laptop, now wifi doesn't work

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ruester, Jun 12, 2010.

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  1. ruester

    ruester Thread Starter

    Jun 12, 2010
    I went and disabled some services from running, nothing important, just the ones listed here (very bottom): http://www.computing-tips.com/2008/06/02/how-to-make-windows-xp-run-faster/
    I also followed their advice on the BIOS (last paragraph just above Disable GUI Options )

    Now my laptop won't show the wireless icon, and won't connect to wifi. Can someone tell me which service may have done this?

  2. pedroguy


    Jan 28, 2001
    Hi:Hopefully you did not run regcleaner.right ?
    Let's start by doing two things:
    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type devmgmt.msc

    Please respond to all the following steps.
    1. Under Network adapters, please tell me all the devices listed.
    2. Are there any devices under Network adapters that have a red x displayed?
    3. Also, are there any devices anywhere in the Device Manager display with yellow ? or ! displayed?

    Check your Services are Started on all PCs:
    • COM+ Event System (for WZC issues)
    • Computer Browser
    • DHCP Client
    • DNS Client
    • Network Connections
    • Network Location Awareness
    • Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    • Server
    • TCP/IP Netbios helper
    • Wireless Zero Configuration (XP wireless configurations)
    • WLAN AutoConfig (Vista wireless configurations)
    • Workstation

    Note: You can check the services in Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.

    All of these services should be started, and their startup type should be automatic (or perhaps manual).

    If a service is not running, open it's properties and check the dependencies. Check each of the dependencies and see which one is preventing the service from running. Checking the event log is also a good idea here, there may be clues to what is failing.


    Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD then press Enter to open a command prompt:

    In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following command:

    Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.


    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

    Can you make a wired connection through the router ?
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Do not disable any service entries. Change the setting on the ones that you've set on Disabled to Manual. Make sure that Wireless Zero Configuration is set on Automatic. Restart your computer afterwards. Go back and check the list of service entries again. If any of them that are set on Manual show a status of "Started", set them on Automatic. Restart your computer again.

    Do not under any circumstances install and use a registry cleaner/optimizer/booster/tuneup type program. They do nothing to improve speed or performance. What they can do is break certain programs and damage the operating system.

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