How to Delete Multiple Wireless Connections in Windows

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How to Delete Multiple Wireless Connections in Windows
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Each time you install a wireless networking hardware device in your computer, the operating system creates a new wireless network connection. If you install and uninstall several different wireless network devices, you may find that you have multiple wireless network connection icons taking up room in your network connections window. To prevent confusion, these extra connection icons should be removed, leaving only the wireless network connection icon for the installed device.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Disable Firewall and Remove Wireless Devices

  1. 1

    Disable the Windows firewall by click on the "Start" menu button, then clicking "Control Panel." Double-click on "Windows Firewall" in the Control Panel, then choosing "Off." Click "OK."

  2. 2

    Click on the "Start" button, then right-click on "My Computer" and choose "Properties." Click the "Hardware" tab, then click the "Device Manager" button.

  3. 3

    Double-click the "Network Adapters" entry to expand it. Right-click on any wireless network devices that are not physically installed on your computer and choose "Uninstall."

    Delete Wireless Connections in Windows XP

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" menu button, then choose "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Double-click the "Network Connections" icon.

  3. 3

    Right-click on any of the wireless network connections that you want to remove and click "Delete." Click "OK" to confirm. Repeat for all unwanted wireless network connection icons.

    Delete Wireless Connections in Windows Vista

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button, then choose "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Double-click on the "Network and Internet" icon, then double-click "Network and Sharing Center."

  3. 3

    Click the "Manage network connections" option in the left column of the window.

  4. 4

    Right-click on any wireless network connection that you want to remove, then click "Delete." Click "OK" to confirm the deletion. Repeat for all unwanted wireless network connection icons.

    Delete Wireless Connections in Windows 7

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" button, then choose "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Double-click on "Network and Internet," then double-click "Network and Sharing Center."

  3. 3

    Click on the "Change adaptor settings" option on the left side of the window.

  4. 4

    Right-click on any unwanted wireless network connection and click "Delete." Click the "OK" button to confirm. Repeat to remove all unwanted wireless network connection icons.

Tips and warnings

  • To prevent deleting the active wireless connection icon, do not remove any wireless network connection icons that display a "Connected" status or display the current installed wireless network adaptor name in the icon text.

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