Why can I not disable the network connection on a Windows XP computer?

Mao Piseth July 21, 2010

I don’t know why I can’t disable the network connection of a PC with Windows XP Sp3 installed. It says something like “unable to disable at this time…..”

  1. Jack Cola
    July 27, 2010 at 4:12 am

    What type of network connection is it? Wireless, Lan, Firewire 1394, Bridge etc? Have you tried physically disconnecting if it is ethernet (LAN)?

    • Pisethinfo
      August 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

      What do you mean by physical? Do you mean unplug it?

  2. Marco Asifante
    July 22, 2010 at 10:17 am

    you can stop the service linked to network connection.
    Use Start --> Control Panel --> Administrative Tools --> Services and stop the Wireless Zero Config for Wireless Connection and/or Network Connection. Stopping Services disables Windows from using this features.
    Hope that helps. I know it's a tricky way but if Disable doesn't work, you should do like this.

    • Aibek
      July 31, 2010 at 7:36 am


      Did the above tip that Marco shared help you? Let us know.


      • Pisethinfo
        August 2, 2010 at 2:18 am

        Sorry all for late reply cuz I am just back to office. No, Aibek. It does not work this way. There are two ways that work but useless. It is to either unplug the cable or disable driver. However, what is the use of doing that? We only want to disable for some reason (temporarily). Anyway, thank for all your health!

  3. Anonymous
    July 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Try making sure whether your account is an Administrator Account or a Limited User. A limited user may not have those privileges.

    • Pisethinfo
      July 22, 2010 at 12:12 am

      Yes, I have the privilege to do so. I always did this before with my old laptop but I can't solve this problem for my friend.

  4. Ryan Dube
    July 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Is this behavior after you right click on the network connection and select Disable? I've heard that SP2 for XP has an auto disable feature that will toggle (disable/enable) to auto-fix network problems. Since you have SP3 that would be included, but shouldn't interfere with your ability to disable. What type of network is it? It won't work for dial-up, but I think it's safe to assume you're not referring to a dial-up network?

    • Pisethinfo
      July 22, 2010 at 12:09 am

      It is not a dial-up one. Of course whether right click or go to network panel and click disable, neither won't work. Any further idea?

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