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Article SummaryYou must turn on Single Sign on before user logon in Networking, under Advanced properties.
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Most computers, especially those running Windows 7, will connect to wifi only after they boot up and you logon. This can cause problems with some services that may need to run before you login to your computer. The steps below will configure wireless to start before login. This can also help fix some PaperCut related issues for staff.
Note: If you are not comfortable performing these steps, contact ITS for help guiding you through them - How can I contact ITS?

Caution! Do not perform these steps if you share a computer with someone else! 

Note: After following these steps, your boot up and logon will take longer - be patient.

To connect to wifi before logon - Windows 7

  1. Click the Wireless Network Connection icon on the system task bar.
  2. Right-click the name of the network connection you would like Windows to connect to prior to logging in, such as ACSecure.
  3. Click Properties > Advanced settings, and check Enable single sign on for this network.
  4. Click the radio button Perform immediately before user logon.
  5. Click OK twice.
You have now configured Windows to connect to the wireless network prior to logging in.

To connect to wireless before logon - Windows 8

  1. Ensure you are connected to the ACSecure wireless network.
  2. Click on the network icon in system tray, and click Open Network and sharing center.
  3. Click Change adapter settings, and double-click your wireless adapter - it will have the green wireless connectivity bar next to it.
  4. Click Wireless Properties, and select the Security tab.
  5. Select Advanced Settings, and check Enable single sign on for this network.
  6. Click the radio button Perform immediately before user logon.
  7. Click OK twice.
  8. Click Close.
You have now configured Windows to connect to the wireless network prior to logging in.

Note: You may have to have to do this if you are installing PaperCut on a college staff computer, see How do I get and install PaperCut in Windows?
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