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Using Device Manager in Windows XP to check for an installed wireless adapter

  1. Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.

  2. Select Properties from the menu. The System Properties window displays.

  3. Select the Hardware tab. [Show Me]

  4. Select Device Manager[Show Me]

  5. When Device Manager displays, expand Network adapters by clicking on the plus (+) sign. Look for a wireless adapter already installed on your computer

  6. Close the Device Manager window.

Figure depicting Windows XP Device Manager
  1. If you've confirmed you have a wireless network adapter installed, you're ready to connect to your network.

    If you don't have a wireless network adapter installed, you must verify you have the required windows components and install the wireless network adapter before you can connect to the network.

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