Can't Connect to Hidden Network Problem Windows 7

May 6, 2018 at 12:25:09
Specs: Windows 7
Hi
The problem is that sometimes i can't connect to the WiFi. When I run an analyzer it says that the Windows can't connect to [network name]'s hidden network.
In the router's settings the network is set not hidden.
When the WiFi disconnects, I can still see the SSID, I just can't connect to it.
Every other laptop in the house works perfectly fine.

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#1
May 6, 2018 at 12:31:34
Two usual steps to try first when having connection problems:

Power cycle the router; and of course power cycle the computer - remove "all" power sources, battery included, when this involves a laptop. Also with a laptop - press and hold the power (on/off) button for about 20-30seconds so as to fully discharge stored charges on assorted components (capacitors).

And a longish shot - - have you per chance enabled the MAC filtering option? If so, is the laptop in question included in the list of those permitted to connect?

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#2
May 6, 2018 at 16:03:25
Just in case it isn't obvious, to power cycle the router you just turn off or unplug the power for about half a minute then put it back on and wait for it to work again. Many times this has fixed issues which only show up on one device so it's well worth a shot.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
May 6, 2018 at 17:10:00
"Every other laptop in the house works perfectly fine"
Make a note of ALL their settings & compare.

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#4
May 6, 2018 at 17:46:29
This should help.
How to Connect to Hidden Wireless Networks in Windows 7
https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how...

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#5
May 9, 2018 at 11:50:44
trvlr: The MAC filtering is off. I power cycled the router and the computer several times.
Derek: I power cycled it, one time I unpluged it for 5 minutes at least.
Johnw: I compared it to the other laptops and it's the same. The network is not hidden.

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#6
May 9, 2018 at 12:56:01
Possibly - try re-installing the drivers for the wifi adapter on the problem laptop (obviously).

This link may be of help in that regard:

https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=58029

and this is M$-land's check list - covers win 8 and win 7 (lower down the page); which "might" be of help?

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us...


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#7
May 9, 2018 at 13:16:08
If the driver re-install doesn't fix it see this:
https://www.home-network-help.com/n...

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
May 9, 2018 at 16:34:39
“Windows is Unable to Connect to the Selected Network”
http://helpdeskgeek.com/networking/...

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