Disable Ad Hoc Connections on Your Laptop in Windows XP

Remove ad hoc network in Windows 10, 7, Vista, and XP

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.

  1. 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.

    Windows showing the wireless network icon
  2. Select Open Network and Sharing Center at the bottom of the list.

    The Windows wireless screen with the Open Network and Sharing Center command highlighted
  3. Select Change Adapter Settings in the left pane of the window. In Windows XP, select Change advanced settings.

    The Network and Sharing Center in Windows with the Change adapter settings option highlighted
  4. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties.

    The Windows Network Connections screen with the Properties option highlighted
  5. In the Local Area Connection Properties window, select the Sharing tab.

    The Windows Local Area Connection Properties window with the Sharing tab highlighted
  6. Clear the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection check box.

    The Windows Local Area Connection Properties window with the Allow other network users check box highlighted
  7. Select OK.

    The Windows Local Area Connection properties window with the OK button highlighted
  8. In the Network and Sharing Center window, choose Manage Wireless Networks.

    The Windows Network and Sharing Center with the Manage wireless networks option highlighted
  9. Right-click the ad-hoc network and choose Remove Network. Select Yes to confirm that you want to remove this network.

    The Manage Wireless Networks screen in Windows with the Remove Network option highlighted
  10. Select Close.

  11. 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.