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You Will Need
- Knowledge of your operating system
- Wireless capabilities
- Clicking prowess
Determine which kind of Windows Operating System you are using. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, your system will manage networks automatically.
If you're using XP, click Start then open the Control Panel. Find the Switch to Classic View button in the Control Panel and click it.
Open Network Connections
Open Network Connections then double-click the Wireless Network Connection icon.
Click the Properties
Click the Properties button. Look for the boxes at the bottom of the Properties window that read "Show icon in notification area when connected" and "Notify me when this connection has limited or no connectivity" and make sure they are both checked.
Open Wireless Networks tab
Open the Wireless Networks tab and make sure the box labeled "Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings" is checked. Then click OK and enjoy surfing wirelessly.