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How to Set Up a Wireless Internet Connection on a Laptop

Updated August 16, 2017

The ability to connect to wireless networks is now considered a standard feature for laptops, and unless you own an extremely old laptop, you are probably looking to set up a wireless Internet connection on your laptop. Fortunately, operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista and 7 make this process relatively straightforward. By following a few steps, you'll be able to set up a wireless Internet connection on your laptop in no time.

Click the "Vista Orb" and select "Connect To."

Click "Network and Internet."

Click "Connect to a Network."

Right-click the network you want to connect to. Select "Connect."

Enter in your network security key if prompted to. Wait for the connection to occur. Once you see the blue shield or white bars in the connection icon on the bottom right of the screen, you've successfully set up a wireless Internet connection a laptop.

Right-click the "Wireless network" icon on the bottom right of the screen.

Select "View Available Wireless Networks."

Click the wireless network you want to connect to. Click "Connect."

Enter in the wireless network key twice if prompted to by Windows. Click "Connect."

Wait for the wireless connection to occur. Once you see a pop-up that says "You're successfully connected," you've successfully set up a wireless Internet connection on your XP laptop.

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Catherine Hewson has been writing professionally since 2006, contributing to a variety of websites. She is also a technical writer with extensive experience in Android/iPhone development and PC repair. Hewson holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from the University of Michigan-Flint and works as an IT project manager.