How do I change WEP to WPA2 to access my AT&T router from Windows XP

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  1. Walter Degler

    Walter Degler

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    I need to access the Internet using my Windows XP with version 3 (i.e. KB4012583).
    WEP is the only option shown but I understand that the version 3 revision provides for WPA and WPA2.
    Trying to use WEP calls for a 40 bit network password which I don't know.

    Two other working computers (Window 10s) on my network both work all right.

    Can anyone ther provide the steps I need to log on to the Internet?

    Walter Degler
     
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    if your wifi then you should just be able to connect to your network using your passwords that you already use to change from wep to wpa2 just open network settings on xp and change there
    will need to use my pal https://www.mypal-browser.org/ to use internet on xp now though as all the rest no longer support xp

    long live xp:)
     
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    Yes, I have WiFi for my Windows 10 computers which work all right. I cannot change to WPA2 because network settings have only the WEP option showing, I was not allowed to down the 32bit version of Mypal so I downloaded it on my older Windows 7 computer, copied it to a flash drive, moved the flash drive to the Windows XP computer and download it there. However it won't install. The error message says
    "Sorry. Mypal cannot be installed. This version of Mypal requires a processor with SSE2 support."

    I STILL cannot get to the Internet with this Windows XP computer. Do you have any other suggestions?
     
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    have you connected on wep with xp ? and are you running xp sp3? with the last of the patches ? if not then get a new copy from internet archive or major geeks both will have the lastes versions with all the update installed on the disk and are free

    long live xp:)

    came across this may be of help

    1. Disable "Computer Browser" on the win10 computers. They don't need it. They use Network Discovery.
    2. Enable "Computer Browser" on the WinXP computers. They use it. They don't understand Network Discovery".
    3. Turn on "Network Discovery" on the Win10 computers.
    4. Enable "File and Printer Sharing" on all computers' network adapters.
    5. Enable "NetBIOS over TCP/IP" in the WINS tab of the Win10 computers' network adapters.
    This worked on both W10-1703 and W10-1709.
    See Microsoft Support article "SMBv1 is not installed by default in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server, version 1709"


    can only use network as workgroup not a home network though
     
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  5. Walter Degler

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    Right-click on "My Computer" and select properties - this will show the current version/service pack (my XP machine)

    [​IMG]

    You haven't provided us any info on your router so we don't have much to go on - WEP is old and insecure so you should disable it on your router and only use WPA/WPA2 that way XP and any other wireless devices you own will connect with WPA/WPA2. My current router doesn't even have WEP as an optiion.

    I wasn't even aware that you could choose WEP/WPA2 in Windows since I've always disabled WEP in any router I've owned so my Windows computers only connected with WPA2.

    Here's some instructions for selecting between WEP or WPA/WPA2 in XP:

    http://r1.umkc.edu/wireless/WindowsXPwpa.asp

    Providing us with make/model of your router and your system specs would help us help you.

    Here is Roytam's blog where he maintains updated browsers for XP:

    https://rtfreesoft.blogspot.com/search/label/browser

    You want to download the third one from the top (32-bit no SSE) for your PC.
     
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    My Windows XP laptop computer is

    Compaq Presario 2100 (2175US) with AMD Athlon XP-M processor (SSE2 not supported).

    My wireless router is

    AT&T U-verse model 5268AC
    Wi-Fi Network name: ATT98bUT4v
    Device access code: 7<94129542
    Set for 100MHz
    The lights on are
    Power, Ethernet, W--Fi (blinking), Phone 1, Broadband 1, Service.

    I know the Wi-Fi key for my 2 windows 10 computers using the same router.

    I hope this will let you know what I need to do for my Windows XP computer to access the Internet. With a previous router,no longer available, it worked.

    Thank you for your attention.

    Walter Degler
     
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    Well there's your problem.

    http://www.computer-specifications.com/specifications/Compaq-Presario2175us-Specs.html

    Your laptop doesn't have WIFI. (I tried searching HP's website which aquired Compaq but got no results when I typed in your model laptop)

    Your current router (thankfully) doesn't even support WEP.

    https://www.att.com/support/article/u-verse-high-speed-internet/KM1046181/

    It looks like the settings you were trying to change were for your ethernet, not WIFI - this would explain why your newer devices can connect but your old laptop can't - no WIFI.

    [​IMG]

    You will need to purchase a USB WIFI adapter with XP drivers. Here's what I use on my Compaq Presario V2000 laptop:

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=realtek+8811&_sacat=0

    It has drivers for XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 & 10 as well as Linux - I have personally tested it in XP, 7 and 10, works perfectly.

    This laptop has built-in WIFI but the adapter allows me to connect to the 5 GHz band.

    You can also try this one recommended by another user on this forum:

    https://www.xpforums.com/threads/is...a-dell-inspiron-15r-5537.934142/#post-3265070

    These are probably the best options since your current router supports 802.11ac 5 GHz (WIFI-5).

    I don't know how you were able to connect with your old router unless it was ethernet or you have a WIFI PCMCIA card in that laptop you didn't tell us about.

    A screenshot of device manager with the Network adapters branch expanded will provide more insight.

    [​IMG]
     
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