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    Our community centre has WiFi with WEP security. When I try to connect to it using my Win7 netbook, it does not offer any opportunity to enter a password, then it thinks for about 1 minute, then issues a failure message (I am writing this from memory at home, so I can't recall the exact wording of the error message). IIRC, I had tried to connect at some point in the past and may have entered an incorrect password.

    I would like to delete the network entirely and ensure that Windows is starting from scratch to connect to this network. However, I can't find anywhere that the network can be deleted. Nothing about this network appears in the Network and Sharing Centre.

    Any ideas how I can connect to this network?
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    In the Network and Sharing Centre there is a link on the left to "Manage Wireless Networks".
    This should allow you to delete any existing network, or to change the password.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StuartR View Post
    In the Network and Sharing Centre there is a link on the left to "Manage Wireless Networks".
    This should allow you to delete any existing network, or to change the password.

    Sorry - I wasn't explicit. I've already been using "Manage Wireless Network" - the community centre network does not appear in the list. I've had no difficult deleting *other* networks -- it's just this one that's causing me problems.

    Again, I am writing this on my home network, but I will take the netbook with me again tonight to the community centre and try again when I'm within range of the culprit wifi. I've tried that method unsuccessfully in the past.
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    OK - got it figured out with some expert help at the community centre. There is a odd-ball situation where a network has been (incorrectly) configured and not yet successfully connected-to. In this situation, the network does NOT appear on the list of networks in the "Manage Wireless Network" dialog, so it is invisible from that perspective. However, clicking on the Networks icon in the System Tray (Notification Area) displays a list of the currently-active access points to choose which one to connect to... Rather than left-clicking, you must right-click on the access point and choose Properties. From there, you can change its password. Once I had corrected the password, it connected flawlessly. If a network has NOT been configured, then right-clicking on its name does NOT provide the Properties choice.

    Failing to right-click and fix the properties, the only thing you can do is to click the Connect button. Since the password is incorrect, it fails to connect, and takes you to a trouble-shooting mode. NOTHING in the troubleshooting talks about incorrect passwords; in fact, it advises you to reboot the access point. That's kinda impossible when connecting to a public access point!

    I guess it's just one of those things that you have to know about. The guidance from Windows (Vista and 7) is less than helpful in this situation.
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    Thank you for sharing your solution, I am sure that this will be helpful to other people when they are searching for a solution to this problem.

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