Internet, Networking, & Security Home Networking Disable Ad Hoc Connections on Your Laptop in Windows XP Remove ad hoc network in Windows 10, 7, Vista, and XP by Catherine Roseberry Writer Catherine Roseberry is a former writer for Lifewire who has experience in technology consulting focused on mobile productivity. our editorial process Catherine Roseberry Updated on April 08, 2020 Home Networking The Wireless Connection Routers & Firewalls Network Hubs ISP Broadband Ethernet Installing & Upgrading Wi-Fi & Wireless Tweet Share Email Microsoft limited support for ad-hoc Wi-Fi networks starting with Windows 8.1. You can set up an ad-hoc network and disable it in Windows 10 and Windows 8 using Command Prompt. In Windows 7 and earlier, you can disable the capability for your laptop to connect to ad-hoc networks. Learn how to remove an ad-hoc network. How to Disable Ad-Hoc Network Connections You can access the settings to remove and disable ad-hoc networks from your laptop's desktop. Select the Wireless icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. In Windows Vista or XP, right-click the Wireless icon and choose View Available Wireless Networks from the list. A window opens that shows all wireless network connections. You might have one that is your current wireless connection and other wireless connections you regularly use, such as hotspots visible. Select Open Network and Sharing Center at the bottom of the list. Select Change Adapter Settings in the left pane of the window. In Windows XP, select Change advanced settings. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties. In the Local Area Connection Properties window, select the Sharing tab. Clear the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection check box. Select OK. In the Network and Sharing Center window, choose Manage Wireless Networks. Right-click the ad-hoc network and choose Remove Network. Select Yes to confirm that you want to remove this network. Select Close. Select OK. Your wireless network connections will operate more securely. Repeat this process for all wireless network connections that you have on your laptop. Disable your Wi-Fi through the Wi-Fi software or the ON/OFF switch on your computer when not in use. Make it part of your routine to keep your data protected better and help extend the life of your laptop battery.