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Fixing issues arising while deleting network connection in Windows® XP

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Discuss the need to delete network connection in Windows XP.

Windows XP from Microsoft is a powerful and reliable operating system. This operating system comes with several advanced features that improve its overall performance. The networking feature of Windows XP is one of the features that allows the user to easily establish a network connection. Whenever a network card is connected to the system, Windows XP automatically creates a new network connection for each adapter. After forming a network connection, we can enable it. We can also delete these network connections from a Windows-based system quite easily. If the network connection becomes old and if we want to install a new card, we can delete the existing network connection. We can also do away with the network connection if the configurations are incorrect.

How to delete network connection in Windows XP, issues that arise while deleting network connection and tips to resolve the issues:

  • Deleting Network Connection
  • Issues
  • Tips to resolve issues

Deleting Network Connection

To delete a network connection in a Windows XP system, select the ‘Start’ menu and click on ‘Control Panel’. Then double click on the ‘Network Connection’ option and select the network connection that you want to delete. Highlight the network connection that you are going to delete and click on ‘Change settings of this connection’ in the left pane of the window. Then select the ‘General’ tab, click on each network item, and then click ‘Uninstall’ to delete a local area network connection. Finally, click on ‘Uninstall’ to completely remove all the selected entries.

Issues

But in some cases, you cannot delete the network connection of your Windows XP system. When you try to delete the connection, you may see the error message “cannot delete the network connection”. Otherwise, when you right click on the network connection icon, the delete option will fade out. We can resolve these issues easily in a Windows XP system.

Tips to resolve issues

In some cases, we may not be able to delete the network connection in a Windows XP system. If you are not able to delete the connection in the normal mode, enter into the safe mode and try to delete the network connection. Try to remove the network card installed in the system. Go to the ‘Device manager’ and delete the card installed in the system. If it is inbuilt in the motherboard of the Windows XP system, enter the BIOS setting during startup by pressing ‘F8′ and then disable the network card.

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