Originally Posted by pizzo812
Thanks for all your help everyone, I'm going home this weekend to try and fix the problem for my family. IS there anything I need to do to disable the WZC other than simply uncheck the box where it says to have windows manage my wireless connection? Thanks!
If you still have problems after unchecking the box, you can further stop the services from loading all together. To do this go Start>Run. In the open box type services.msc . In the applet that opens find the service called "Wireless Zero configuration." Right click this service and selelct properties. Click stop and change the startup type to Disabled.
One thing to keep in mind if you go this route is that it added significant time to the boot time of my CL56 (a little over a minute extra). Specifically, the extra time seems to occur when the wireless was attempting to connect to the wireless connection. Further, my anti-virus won't start up and produced an error (AGV from grisoft). I have no idea what Wireless Zero configuration had to do with the control panel of my anti-virus. I could have troubleshot it more, but I just re-enabled the service. After re-enabling it, the boot time went back to normal and my anti-virus worked as normal.
As stated above in my previous post, I resolved my intermitten connection problem by enabling broadcast SSID. Also, I applied patches from Microsoft that V.B. (a member here on this board) posted links to. These patches are specifically if you are running WPA encryption and don't show up in the normal windows update.
Here is a link to V.B.'s website:http://vbdotnet.home.comcast.net/wireless.htm
It has the links to the Windows patches as well as a brief regarding the issue with SSID and Wireless Zero Configuration in WinXP.
Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.