Determine if a third-party utility is managing your wireless connection in Windows


NOTE: If a third-party utility is managing the wireless connection, it will disable the "Wireless Zero Configuration" service.

1) Open Command Prompt.

2) Type the following command exactly, and press Enter on your keyboard:

net start | find "Wireless"

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TIP: The net start command simply lists the running network services on your PC. The find portion of the command is finding anything with the word "Wireless" in it. You may wish to repeat the command a few times, replacing "Wireless" with "Wi-Fi", "WiFi", "WLAN", and other common wireless networking terms to ensure that you've located all potential items.


The command will return what is managing your wireless connection.