|A couple of notes: |
1st, some laptops have a "switch" for wireless on the keyboard, usually above the function keys. If you find one, make sure it is turned "on".
2nd, you may need to "Create a new connection" in Network Connections -- a one-time-only procedure.
Until you provide some more info, there is not much any of us can suggest. You state "Windows 7" above, but we all know a 10-yr old laptop is not likely to cut it. You are posting in the General XP Forum, so...what is it? It's an HP, but what else can you tell us?