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Wireless on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

After installing Windows Server 2008 R2 on my laptop today, I was hoping that it would be just as easy to establish the connection as on Windows 7. It is! Quite frankly, I don’t remember if my wireless router is using WPA, WPA2, TKIP, or AES. Doesn’t matter. This is the dialog box Windows Server 2008 R2 presented:


All you have to do is remember your security key and the rest is automagic, the same as it is in Windows 7. In the case of Windows Server 2008 R2, wireless is disabled by default. You’ll need to do these three steps before Windows Server 2008 R2 is ready for you to enter the network security key:

1. Add the Wireless LAN Service feature.

2. Go to Services and set Wired AutoConfig to start automatically. Since the previous step forces a reboot, the reboot will take care of starting the service.

3. Also under Services, set WLAN AutoConfig to start automatically. The reboot will take care of starting it.

Published Friday, August 14, 2009 8:41 PM by John Paul Cook

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hosain said:

hi Mr

Thank you for your email. I installed wireless LAN Service but I can not find Wired AutoConfig on windows server 2008.\\

Can You Help me?


September 25, 2010 11:05 AM

John Paul Cook said:

Did you reboot? Do you go to Services and look for Wired AutoConfig? It is present on my Windows 2008 Server.

September 25, 2010 2:31 PM

shamshuddin said:


i am using server 2008 r2 as a dual boot (primary is windows 7) on acer E1-531 laptop.

i Added the Wireless LAN Service feature and install it.

but restarting also i am not able to see wireless network connection in

change adapter setting in  Network Connections

please help me

May 19, 2013 7:17 AM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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