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All WiFi networks in range are Connect Automatically.

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Win 8.1 Pro

    All WiFi networks in range are Connect Automatically.


    I read bunch of articles on how to remove a Wifi profile.. However I have problem with networks which aren't in profiles (I only have 1 profile and its my home network)..

    I have currently 7 networks when I click on the Wifi icon in the task bar. they are from people living around me I guess. They all have "Connect Automatically" checkbox ticked. If I untick it - it goes back once I move my mouse away.

    I cant right-click on it and there is no other options. And as I already said - these aren't in the Wifi profile which you can manipulate through netsh.

    Windows 8.1 Pro with all latest updates..

    I am pretty sure I saw other people complains about the same issue without much of the results..

    Any ideas how to uncheck Connect Automatically for ever and ever?

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  2. #2


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Unless you have the security passphrase, you are not going to connect to any of those Access Points. All it is showing is available Wifi Access Points that are available to connect to.
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  3. #3


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    Win 8.1 Pro


    I am sorry but this is not a prompt for discussion. I would like to have answer on my question. I do not want to have these checkboxes set for ever. this is obviously a bug and a serious one (unless there is a cure for it).

    and if you'd like to discuss it (in other thread I hope) - not all networks have passwords. 2 out of 7 are free BT UK networks which are open. And I connect to them believe or not, every time my router restarted and/or wifi connection is dropped.

    Thanks in advance for not promoting your points of view any further and answers to the original question are very welcome.
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    Central IL
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    Again all the OS is doing is showing you any available networks that you can connect to. Think of it like standing in the middle of the street and all of the houses around you have doors that you may or may not have the key to.

    If you drop your wifi connection, yes your computer will seek out the next potential Wifi connection, but without the key, you cannot connect.

    I do not know how to make it any simpler than my previous reply and this one.
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  5. #5


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Bro23 is correct!

    Your PC is not connecting automatically to those other networks otherwise there would not be the option to CONNECT cause it would already be connected. If you were to select CONNECT the PC will start the process and ask for the sign-in key for that network and because the Connect Automatically Box is checked by default that Network would then be your default or primary network until you select another network to serve that purpose. You could uncheck the Auto box the then select CONNECT and your PC will attempt to connect on a one-time basis. The Auto boxes are preselected so-to-speak and I doubt it that can be altered but the overall operation is not approved by the user until the CONNECT selection is made.
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    My first foray into networks, on Windows 8, I noticed the "Connect automatically" was ticked. Without delay, I unticked every network available. They stayed unticked. Of course, until I clicked "Connect" and entered the password, the computer can't and won't make the attempt.

    Still, I don't know why the "Connect automatically" box is reticked on its own. If it was me, I would be half-paranoid, thinking my PC has been co-opted, with easy access through one of the networks.
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    St. Augustine
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    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by 10soonerlater View Post
    My first foray into networks, on Windows 8, I noticed the "Connect automatically" was ticked. Without delay, I unticked every network available. They stayed unticked. Of course, until I clicked "Connect" and entered the password, the computer can't and won't make the attempt.

    Still, I don't know why the "Connect automatically" box is reticked on its own. If it was me, I would be half-paranoid, thinking my PC has been co-opted, with easy access through one of the networks.
    I do think it strange that the auto connect box is already selected. That selection should be user initiated only but what do you do?
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  8. #8


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    It is coded into Windows, to make it pretty much dummy proof. A lot of people would be complaining that their computers are not automatically connecting to the network, if that radio button was made to always be unchecked.

    You can go into the wifi properties for the card and choose to not search for new networks while and while not connected. There is also a registry edit that goes along with it, but do not remember the exact key off hand. It is under the Local_User section in Network.
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    Posts : 6
    Win 8.1 Pro


    I am going to ignore remarks on "how it is not a big deal if you accidentally connect to another network" as I already asked to give it a rest - I am not interested (with or without password - don't care, please discuss this if you like in a separate thread, thanks).

    what you all are missing so far - the bunch of networks I have in the list right now - I cannot untick the auto connect checkbox. I untick, select another one, go back - its ticked again..

    any thoughts on this particular problem?

    EDIT: the problem apparently is even worse (I just played with it for a sec and found why it was giving me such a headache).

    as I said I have several networks in the list. I was connected to my home network.

    1. I clicked on another one (secured and auto-connect - the one I cant untick). I got password prompt.
    2. clicked cancel
    3. I was disconnected from my home network and then I connected to unknown unsecured network (no password)

    The problem here is that this unsecured network did not have auto-connect ticked at all.

    So to summarize:

    1. there are networks in Windows 8.1 which have auto-connect on forever (despite user intervention)
    2. there are networks to which Windows 8.1 connect you without your consent even if auto-connect
    off

    how about that?
    Last edited by maxima; 18 Feb 2015 at 19:54.
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  10. #10


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    We are not the ones missing anything. You just are not listening to what we have stated. At this point this subject is now closed for any further discussion, due to you will not take the answers we have already given you, which are Networking 101.
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