My Windows Vista laptop has a strong desire to always connect to the wireless network, even when I’m connected-by-wire at the office. This is due to the fact that most Windows laptops are setup to use the wireless connection first if there is a wireless signal available. While I was always able to quickly find this setting in Windows/XP, on Windows Vista it is hidden away in a “advanced menu”. For some reason I always forget how to find it, thus this blog post serves as my own memory kit.
How To Change Network Priorities In Vista
- Go to your mange networks settings.
I like to get there by right-clicking the network icon in the systray & selecting “manage networks”.
You can also go to the start menu, control panel, network connections
- Hold down the ALT key, release then click “Advanced Settings…” within a few seconds.
This is the “secret sauce” that gets you to the advanced menu.
- Move around the entries under Adapaters and Bindings (first tab) / Connections (first list box).
This changes which connection will be served first.
That’s it. Hope these tricks helped you as well.