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Removal of Wireless Network Hosed up XP Startup

Hoping to find some help here, so here is the problem:

Started to rebuild my wireless network at home after getting a Mac, with my old PC desktop and PC Laptop (both XP Home Edition OS) being a part of the network. I decided to replace my old Linksys router (BEFW1154) with a Belkin N series, since I wanted to make my Mac the host, since this will be my computer and I manage all of the computers in our home.

Well, to make a long story short, I set up the Belkin and connected the Mac and PC desktop and started my file sharing to move folders over. I then went to startup the laptop and I kept getting errors in startup, only able to use Safe Mode to get into the system. I assume this is due to removing the Linksys network and replacing with Belkin, so I think the config is looking for this network. Not sure how to troubleshoot this and remove.

Short of copying essential files from the laptop and running the replacment disks that came with the laptop to get it back to it's original state, what can I do to remove this laptop from the old network? I thought I could put the Linksys back, use the desktop PC as the host again and remove this, but I had issues in setting up the Belkin and after working with my high speed ISP, they had to reboot modem, etc so the Mac address would sync up.

Any suggestions on how to trouble shoot this would be great.
Thanks in advance!

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Not being a wireless man myself,

In reply to: Removal of Wireless Network Hosed up XP Startup

nevertheless, isn't it as simple as going to "My Network Places" from the desktop icon, or in the Start menu, highlighting the wireless connection and deleting it?

How did you remove the previous Linksys network connection?

There may also be an entry in the Add/Remove utility in the Control Panel where you an remove it, but I am not sure of that.

Or am I missing something here?


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Still stumped...

In reply to: Not being a wireless man myself,

I'm only able to get into Safe Mode and these options weren't available to remove. The networks weren't listed when I checked last night.

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safe mode with network facilities

In reply to: Still stumped...

When you choose options for safe mode environments, you should choose the one enabling network connections. This is available when entering safe mode.

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Safe Mode Networking

In reply to: safe mode with network facilities

I tried that and it keeps kicking back not allowing me to enter in that mode. Tried all other options in that DOS screen and only allows me to Safe Mode. Tried going back to a much earlier restore point and no success there either.

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Safe Mode - Control Panel

In reply to: Safe Mode Networking

I hadn't realised that My Network Places would not be available in Safe Mode.

What about tricking it into submission though, Happy

The Control Panel is available in Safe Mode. Can you get to Network Connections from there?

If not, try logging on as the System Administrator. I'm not sure what your Accounts setup is, but in XP Home there is a hidden Administrator account, only accessible through Safe Mode. This MVPS article says more, and it has a link to a Microsoft Knowledge Based article;


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