Consider the following scenario. A Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer is configured for wireless network connectivity. You manually disconnect from a wireless network that uses a hidden (non-broadcast) service set identifier (SSID). In this scenario, you cannot reconnect automatically or manually to the wireless network that uses a hidden SSID. Additionally, the wireless network that uses a hidden SSID is no longer displayed in the Wireless Network Connection window.
You can access the Wireless Network Connection window by right-clicking on the wireless network connection icon in the notification area and clicking View Available Wireless Networks.
You can reconnect to the wireless network that uses a hidden SSID if you remove and then re-create the SSID profile for that network in the Preferred networks list.
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.
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To apply this hotfix, you must have Windows XP SP2 installed on the computer.
You must restart the 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 file attributes) 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.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
After you install this hotfix, you can configure the computer to automatically connect to a specific wireless network that uses a hidden SSID. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type ncpa.cpl, and then click OK.
In the Network Connections window, right-click Wireless Network Connection, and then click Properties.
In the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box, click the Wireless Networks tab.
Under Preferred networks, click the SSID profile name for the wireless network that uses a hidden SSID, and then click Properties.
Click the Connection tab, click to select Connect when this network is in range, and then click OK.
Click OK to close the Wireless Network Connection Properties dialog box.
Close the Network Connections window.
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