It's more trouble than it's worth. My daughter for years has used a Zydas USB wifi on her XP computer and using windows to manage it was always a headache. Not worth it. Eventually I allowed the program included with the USB device to run the wifi and never had another problem with it.
I have a Dell Latitude D610 laptop that I recently reinstalled Windows XP on. It is a 2005 model, still runs fast --it is well maintained-- especially because I do not have the original Dell recovery CD (but I don't think that that is applicable in my problem, which is described next...)
In WINDOWS XP SP3, I cannot get Wireless Zero Configuration service to automatically start. I go to "Services-->(Right click)Wireless Zero Configuration-->Properties". I set "Startup type: Automatic". Select to Start the application. I then go to Wireless Network Connection window and select "Change advanced settings". I Select the "Wireless Networks" tab and mark the checkbox to "Use WIndows to configure my wireless network settings". At this point the internet will connect and work fine.
The problem is that these settings will not retain and although the Wireless Zero Configuration service is set to automatically startup, it does not. Prior to reinstalling my Windows XP software, this service functioned well and never gave any problem.
I cut & pasted 99% reproduced the above issue which originally was posted in a thread of which the discussion is now "closed".. That poster eventually resolved their problem by simply unselecting to allow Windows to control the wireless adapter.
I tried that, expecting to duplicate the results. However, my model is a Dell D610 Latitude (laptop) and the original posted pc in question was a Dell Inspiron 6000 (laptop),,, and basically my problem is that I did not get the same results.
I don't know if the model difference matters. In my opinion it shouldn't but perhaps I may be incorrect.
I have a RaLink 2870 USB external adapter, in addition to my onboard internal Intel PRO/Set WIRELESS 2200BG WLAN.
The RaLink 2870 has a very well known issue (bug) in which any onboard existiing internal other WIFI adapters need be "disabled" in Network Connections of Control Panel. However, that only is relevant if/when the RaLink 2870 external adapter, via it's device's USB connector, is physically attached (plugged into the computer) for actual intended use during that session. The RaLink 2870 external adapter is for an actual physical external wifi antennae with a 25ft long USB cable, the kind you can position on a desk or a windowsill, or etc... (has range of 3000 ft / nearly a mile) --- I mention this to be clear what kind of device you may have in your mind... this is not a USB PENDRIVE stick type simple tiny little wifi antennae than is keychain sized..Just so you know.. Again I don't think it matters much..
This is what happens when that antennae gets plugged in:
When the Ralink 2870 wifi external antennae adapter is physically attached to the laptop what happens is that, apparently, it somehow gets recognized by Windows XP as the first choice for wireless connection because it's drivers get loaded and its accompanying wifi signal mgmt software also then gets displayed as active and actively monitoring available wifi networks nearby as a taskbar tray icon. The local onboard internal wifi adapter simply shows a taskbar tray icon that (upon right-clicking) will confirm that it is operational (that the drivers are loaded) but it has an X over it is temporarily disabled in lieu of that the external antennae adapter is
ready for use.
This is what happens when that antennae is not plugged in:
When this Ralink 2870 wifi external antennae adapter is NOT physically attached to the laptop, if I need to go online and have an active wifi connection using the onboard internal wifi adapter I must manually go to Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Administrative Tools>Services, then scroll down to Wireless Zero Configuration and highlight it, and then click "start" in the blue text in the panel to the left side of the scrollable list of available services.
That's a cumbersome rigamarole each & every time I am within a signal and don't need to plug in the antennae (about 75% of the time)
I know this thread is very long so please forgive me and thank you for reading it this far..
Just to recap how I began this thread, I recently RE-installed Windows XP SP3. Before I did this, I didn't need to adjust any settings, or do anything. The system seemed to auto-detect what to do without me manually doing it. And everything worked just fine. Now, it's a mess. I have un-installed and re-installed the RaLink software (including completely wiping traces of it out of the registry using regedit.exe) 2 times, with no effect..
I'm sure that there is a solution to this....if you have any ideas I would welcome hearing them, all suggestions (that I have not tried already, covered above) are welcome...
Thanks for your patience
hoping somebody can shed some insight on this...