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To access this service and other Windows services, you can browse to the Control Panel, then Administrative Tools and finally double-click on Services.

Alternatively, you can launch Windows Run, type services.msc and hit OK.

Launch Windows Services

From the services window you will want to scroll all the way down to Wireless Zero Configuration and right-click the name, then click Properties.

Right-click WZC service

From the Service Status area choose Stop to stop the service.

From the Startup Type drop-down menu, choose Disabled so that the service doesn’t startup the next time you start Windows XP.

Disable and Stop WZC service

I found that disabling this service was very helpful, however your results may be different. If you disable this service and then are unable to connect to your router after you restart, try enabling this service again to determine if disabling the service caused the problem. Otherwise make sure your SSID (wireless network name) is in your list of preferred networks.

If things are working properly, your wireless connection should function like a wired connection, and you shouldn’t have to worry about “dropped” connections in Windows XP ever again!