Wireless Client Cannot Reconnect to a Wireless Access Point

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On a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer, you successfully make a wireless network connection to your network. However, you lose the connection and you cannot reconnect to the network unless you do one of the following:
  • Restart your computer.
  • Eject and then re-insert the network card.
  • Disable and then re-enable the network card.
This problem occurs because the wireless access point receives a connection request while the access point is trying to re-authenticate the wireless client for the same wireless network card. This later reconnection request is interpreted as a network attack on the access point. When this event occurs, the access point rejects the connection from the wireless client.

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.


No prerequisites are required.

Restart requirement

You must restart your computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.The English version of this hotfix 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.

File information

Windows XP
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name   ----------------------------------------------------------   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1264     99,840  Dhcpcsvc.dll   26-Sep-2003  18:49  5.1.2600.1254    168,192  Ndis.sys   02-Aug-2003  09:38  5.1.2600.1254     12,416  Ndisuio.sys   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1254  1,630,208  Netshell.dll   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1276     57,344  Wzcdlg.dll   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1276     31,232  Wzcsapi.dll   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1276    281,088  Wzcsvc.dll   22-Sep-2003  21:01  5.1.2600.1275    568,832  Xpsp2res.dll
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition
   Date         Time   Version        Size       File name      Platform   ---------------------------------------------------------------------   26-Sep-2003  18:57  5.1.2600.1264    308,736  Dhcpcsvc.dll   IA-64   02-Aug-2003  10:38  5.1.2600.1254    579,328  Ndis.sys   02-Aug-2003  10:38  5.1.2600.1254     41,088  Ndisuio.sys   26-Sep-2003  18:57  5.1.2600.1254  2,736,128  Netshell.dll   IA-64   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1264     99,840  Wdhcpcsvc.dll  x86   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1254  1,630,208  Wnetshell.dll  x86   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1276     57,344  Wwzcdlg.dll    x86   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1276     31,232  Wwzcsapi.dll   x86   26-Sep-2003  19:03  5.1.2600.1276    281,088  Wwzcsvc.dll    x86   22-Sep-2003  21:02  5.1.2600.1275    568,832  Wxpsp2res.dll  x86   26-Sep-2003  18:56  5.1.2600.1276    117,760  Wzcdlg.dll     IA-64   26-Sep-2003  18:57  5.1.2600.1276     65,024  Wzcsapi.dll    IA-64   26-Sep-2003  18:57  5.1.2600.1276    685,056  Wzcsvc.dll     IA-64   22-Sep-2003  21:02  5.1.2600.1275    568,320  Xpsp2res.dll   IA-64
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section. This problem was first corrected in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2.
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the Standard Terminology That Is Used to Describe Microsoft Software Updates

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Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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