"Wireless Connection Unavailable" Message After Computer Resumes from Standby

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If a Windows XP-based computer has a wireless network adapter connected through a universal serial bus (USB) connection, and the computer resumes from standby or hibernation, the wireless connection icon may appear in the notification area (at the far right of the taskbar) with a red X and the following message:
Wireless Network Connection
Wireless Connection Unavailable
Even though you receive this message, the wireless network connection may still be active and functioning correctly, and therefore you may still be able to successfully connect to network resources over the wireless network connection.
Under certain conditions, the Wireless Zero Configuration component may indicate that device disconnection has occurred (because of computer hibernation, for example), but not that a device connection has occurred (after the computer resumes).

Service pack information

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Microsoft Windows XP. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322389 How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

Hotfix information

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language. The English version of this fix has the file attributes (or later) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in coordinated universal time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time tool in Control Panel.
   Date         Time   Version           Size    File name   -------------------------------------------------------------   27-Nov-2002  23:59  5.1.2600.1142  1,630,720  Netshell.dll        27-Nov-2002  23:59  5.1.2600.1142     56,832  Wzcdlg.dll          27-Nov-2002  23:59  5.1.2600.1142     23,552  Wzcsapi.dll         27-Nov-2002  23:59  5.1.2600.1145    264,192  Wzcsvc.dll       

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.

Article ID: 810020 - Last Review: 12/08/2015 01:38:32 - Revision: 4.2

Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP1, Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

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