Disable Ad Hoc Connections on Your Laptop in Windows XP

Remove ad hoc network windows 10, 7, Vista, and XP

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Microsoft began limiting 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 via 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 at the bottom right of your screen. In Windows Vista or XP, you might need to right-click the Wireless icon and choose View Available Wireless Networks from the list. You will have a window open that now shows all wireless network connections.

    You might have one that is your current wireless connection and other wireless connections you regularly use, such as hot spots visible.

    Screenshot of wireless networks in Windows 7
  2. Select Open Network and Sharing Center at the bottom of the list.

  3. Select Change Adapter Settings in the left pane of the window. In Windows XP, select Change advanced settings.

    Screenshot of Change Adapter Settings in Network and Sharing Center
  4. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties.

    Screenshot of Properties on Local Area Connection
  5. Select the Sharing tab of the Local Area Connection Properties window. Clear the Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection checkbox. Select OK.

    Screenshot of Allow Other Network Users to Connect through this computer's Internet connection checkbox on Local Area Connection Properties dialog box
  6. Choose Manage Wireless Networks in the Network and Sharing Center window.

    Screenshot of Manage Wireless Networks in Network and Sharing Center
  7. Right-click the ad-hoc network and choose Remove Network. Select Yes to confirm that you want to remove this network.

    Screenshot of Remove Network in right-click menu
  8. Select Close.

  9. Select OK. You will now have your wireless network connections operating 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.