How to Transfer Network Settings Using a Flash Drive

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How to Transfer Network Settings Using a Flash Drive
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Windows allows you to use a convenient method to help set up your small office or home network that involves transferring settings to a flash drive. Once you have the network settings copied to the flash drive, you can add as many computers as you want to your wireless network. Completing this task in Windows XP means that you'll have to run the Network Setup Wizard; Windows 7 contains a simpler way to copy the network settings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • USB flash drive

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Instructions

    Windows XP

  1. 1

    Insert a USB drive onto the computer from which the network settings are being transferred.

  2. 2

    Click "Start" and then "Control Panel." Select "Network and Internet Connections." Click "Wireless Network Setup Wizard."

  3. 3

    Click "Next." Type the name for your wireless network in the "Network name (SSID)" box. Click either "Automatically assign a network key" or "Manually assign a network key." Type a password for the network key if you selected you want to assign it manually. Click the "Use WPA encryption" box. Click "Next."

  4. 4

    Click the "Use a USB flash drive" option. Click "Next." Click the "Flash drive" drop-down box and select the drive letter of your USB flash drive.

  5. 5

    Click "Next." Wait for the Wireless Network Setup Wizard to write the XML files onto the flash drive and go to the next screen that tells you to transfer your network settings to other computers. Remove the USB flash drive from the computer.

  6. 6

    Plug the flash drive into an available USB port on each computer to which you're transferring the network settings. Click the "Wireless Network Setup Wizard" option in the box that appears asking you what you want Windows to do. Click "OK" to the message that asks if you want to add the computer to the wireless network. Click "OK" to the message telling you that you have successfully added the computer to the wireless network. Remove the flash drive from the computer.

  7. 7

    Plug the flash drive back into the computer from which you copied the network settings. Click "Next" on the Wireless Network Setup Wizard screen. Optionally, click the "remove network settings from my flash drive" checkbox. Click "Finish."

    Windows 7

  1. 1

    Insert a flash drive into an available USB port on the computer.

  2. 2

    Click the network connection icon in the tray next to the system clock to open a list of available networks.

  3. 3

    Click the name of the wireless network to which you are connected. Right-click this network connection and click "Properties."

  4. 4

    Click the "Connection" tab. Click "Copy this network profile to a USB flash drive." Click "Yes" if a user account control message appears.

  5. 5

    Click "Next." Click "Close" on the screen telling you that network settings have been copied to your USB flash drive. Click "OK" in the network connection "Properties" box to close it. Remove the flash drive from your computer.

  6. 6

    Insert the flash drive into each computer that you wish to transfer the network settings. Open "Computer" or "My Computer." Double-click the flash drive letter in the "Devices with removable storage" section.

  7. 7

    Double-click the "setupSNK" file to run the Wireless Network Setup Wizard. Click "Yes" to the message asking you if you want to add the computer to the network. Click "OK" on the message telling you that you have "successfully added this computer." Remove the flash drive from the computer.

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