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If you are on the move a lot, using your computer on many different networks, chances are that, after a while your computer has a pile of unused networks settings stored on your system.

Windows stores these settings so you don’t have to go around keeping track of each and every network you connect to–making it easier to connect to your preferred networks without typing in security keys and passwords every time.

Windows will remember each network you connect to and over time you might find a long list of networks that you no longer use or have the need for. How do you remove the unwanted ones ?

The “XP” Approach

If you use Windows 7, look further down

  • Right click the wireless network icon in the system tray on the XP taskbar.
  • Click “View Available Wireless Networks”.
  • Click to change advanced settings in the task pane.
  • Click the Wireless Networks tab.
  • Click the unwanted network name in the Preferred Networks field.
  • Click the Remove button.
  • Repeat this with other unwanted wireless networks.
  • If you leave more than one network, move the most used one to the top of the list, using the “Move Up” button.
  • Click OK to close out the dialog boxes.

The “7th” way…

It has been a while since I did this in Vista, but it should be similar to this method. If not, make sure you leave me a message, and I’ll rectify it later on.

  • Right click the wireless network icon in the system tray.
  • Click “Open Network and Sharing Center”
  • In the right side menu, Click “Manage Wireless Networks”
  • Right Click the unwanted network(s) and choose “Delete”. Accept the warning. (Do this for every unwanted entry)
  • If you leave more than one network, move the most used one to the top of the list, using Right Click or the “Move Up” link on the menu.
  • Close the window when done

That’s it!



About Thomas

Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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