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by: CassilineKnight October 23, 2009 4:50 PM PDT

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Windows 7 Wireless Password Issues

by CassilineKnight - 10/23/09 4:50 PM

Okay so I got Windows 7 Professional for $30 for the main computer at my apartment. This computer was previously running Vista 32 Bit I believe. So I looked it up and found the thread to overcome THAT issue.

Created the ISO, burned it, installed Win7, and I thought that everything had gone smoothly.

HOWEVER after the initial setup I went to the bottom right to connect wirelessly to my Linksys router (WRT610N) and I chose to connect. It asked for the password of course and I put in what I thought was the right password. It said that it wasn't correct.

So I went into my file folders and looked it up to be doubly sure I was typing in the right words. And I was. Yet it still kept saying that it was "incorrect". I then plugged in an ethernet cable from the router to the back of the computer and of course the internet was flowing again.

However I don't want to use that cable. The wireless was working just fine with Vista and now it's not. There are 2 other laptops here (mine and my brothers right now) and both of them were able to disconnect and reconnect using the password we had created.

Just to make sure that it wasn't something to do with the router I logged into the router's homepage went into wireless security tab and changed the password. I then saved it.

Tried reconnecting with all 3 machines. The laptops had no issues but the Windows 7 machine is the one that refuses to connect wirelessly.

Am I doing something wrong? Or could something have gone wrong with the installation? I haven't entered a product key in yet and I have NOT activated Windows 7 yet? Could that be the issue?

Also keep in mind that I have already run Microsoft Update multiple times to get the latest drivers. When I go to HP though there is a higher version number for the wireless adapter driver. I tried to download it but I got an error message. It said that, "the computer does not have the hardware/software required for this driver" or something like that. Error # 9998. This is an HP error code btw. As far as drivers are concerned I did a clean install of Windows 7 and formatted the partition that had Vista on the desktop. I left the "Factory Image" partition just in case.


So I disabled the security for my router.

And then I tried connecting on the desktop that has Windows 7. And it WORKS.

So what's the issue though? Does Windows 7 not like passwords or something? Again I promise you guys that I was entering in the right passphrase.

Again though it was asking for "network security key"? Is that different that the passphrase that Vista asked for?

If anyone knows anything that can clear this mystery I would greatly appreciate it.

I do not feel comfortable at all with my network being unsecured.

@ Dans

I turned off earlier today after my last post and went to classes. I just got back, turned it on, tried connecting with the passphrase I had chosen after resetting it. Still didn't work. THEN I disabled the security and I was able to connect.

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