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I'm trying to figure out how to disable the Dell Wireless WLAN
application and instead just use XP's built-in wireless capabilities.

I recently reinstalled XP Pro on my Dell latitude D510.  After
installation, Device Manager was not recognizing my internal wireless
card (it didn't even appear in device list), so I downloaded from Dell
the driver for it (R140747--52MB, it was--packaged with a few others, I
think) and installed it.  Device Manager now recognizes my "Dell
Wireless 1370 WLAN Mini-PCI Card" as a network adapter and I can connect
to my wireless router.

However, I don't want to be running the Dell Wireless WLAN Card Utility!
  How the heck do I disable it??  It includes a checkbox that reads "let
this tool manage your wireless networks," but even when it is unchecked
the program still runs.  I want to quit the program permanently.  I
tried uninstalling it, but that left me back at the original state
(device manager didn't see a wireless card), so i reinstalled it.

Before reinstalling XP I didn't have this problem--I could use the
wireless adapter without Dell's utility.  I imagine this is a driver
issue and that I have a newer driver now than I used to (unfortunately,
I don't have the previous driver).

Anyone know what to do?  Is there a way to get XP to recognize and use
the wireless card without Dell's extra WLAN application?



Re: remove dell wireless wlan

Many of these Wireless Utilities are a combo of Driver/Utility application.
So, when you uninstall the utility it uninstalls the Wireless card's drivers
Log to Dell's support, and see if they offer the drivers as a separate
Otherwise, use these two utilities (StartUp & Process Explorer) to find out
the components of the utility and try to get rid of them.
Many times unchecking the entries in the StartUp loading would do it.
Jack (MVP-Networking).

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Re: remove dell wireless wlan

Thanks Jack,

I actually managed to disable the utility by disabling the Dell Wireless
WLAN Tray Service in Computer Management-->Services.

However, one process is still running (WLTRAY.exe), so I will give your
suggestions a shot.  There used to be three processes, so this is

Thanks for such quick advice!


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Re: remove dell wireless wlan

Startup Control Panel worked great--thanks.

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