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Start>Run>now what? Usually under Start, if I select 'Run' a small rectangular box appears. It says Open:___ Then there is a white box. Every time I did this there was something already written in this box. I never noticed what it was. I would just push okay and a screen would appear that listed a bunch of programs (?) running. I'd scroll down till I saw 'wireless internet'. After selecting this a grey box appeared and said that my wireless was stopped. I'd then push a button saying 'start'. This would let my wireless internet work. After that I could get a list of networks and choose from there. I've been having problems fully connecting to my wireless (it always says acquiring address) so I've been fiddling around with stuff. Well, somehow, when I got to Start>Run, the box is blank. I don't know what was there and how to get it back. Now I can't even initiate my wireless. I am clueless here but trying. Thank you!

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  • therlihy209 Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks evo725

    I tried that and it brought me to a screen I've already been to, but not what I'm looking for.

  • therlihy209 Jan 26, 2009


    I see where you're coming from, and I understand all the other steps to get the wireless going, but for some reason I always had to do that, but it worked! I don't understand Run, or where it takes me, but it took me to a screen where wireless was listed and here it would say something about automatic wireless and show that it was stopped and allow me to start it up again. And after that, I'd do all those other things people have been telling me, and I could connect to the internet.

    My main question is, what was originally listed under Run, and can I get it back? Are most Dells set on something to begin with? After it disappeared I tried clicking that arrow and a blank white box appeared. My only option was to type in something random or click 'browse' and when i click browse, i have no idea what to look for.

    What is that function (Run) usually used for? My friend had showed me how I had to do that so I'm not sure if she typed something in the box that always stayed there. I had assumed it had already been there. It looked like one of those long complicated list of words and symbols (much like this comment ha)

  • therlihy209 Jan 26, 2009


    i've done what you explained, but the networks do not show up. when i click on my wireless option It says 'windows cannot configure this wireless connection'. There is no list of networks. BUT I am used to this, this is what always happens. I've been taught that in order to make it so that the networks are listed I have to go to Run, where i select wireless and start it. Ive done it this way on my computer for years and it's worked just fine for me.

    Thing is, whatever was listed on Run has disappeared so I cant do this mysterious step that no one seems familiar with.

    I have microsoft windows XP

  • therlihy209 Jan 26, 2009


    It was under Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services

    This was the window I was looking for. No idea why going through RUN got me there. Thank you everyone for your help anyway!



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The run box can be used for several things like getting to DOS or running programs directly from it. Without knowing the name of your program I cannot tell you what was in the box. However, that is ok because that is normally how you start your wireless anyway. You did not mention what operating system you are using (vista vs xp) but it is almost the same process and if you get stuck just reply and it will come directly to me. Click on start>control panel>network connections then right-click on your wireless network connection and it will bring up a either a list of networks (some of those are your neighbors) or your network. Click on connect and you should connect immediately. Be aware that sometimes you will connect to other unsecure networks with a low signal if they are any available. That may be why you are getting a low connect rate. You need to check it each time to ensure it is yours that you are connecting to. Once connected you will see an icon in your lower right taskbar. You can click on that anytime to make sure you are connected to yours. If you have any questions let me know.

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SHOULD NEVER NEED TO GOT TO START RUN to access your wireless
check control panel network connections if your connection shows right click if you see Enable click it
if you do not see enable then click REPAIR
let me know if this helped

last time you clicked run did you hit the arrow to see if it has just moved down

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    DEKR Jan 26, 2009

    when you clicked on run did it take you to a page then you clicked startup

    important that i know

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    DEKR Jan 26, 2009

    I am glad you found it going to run and startup is'nt a good idea you can easily make a mess of your system

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    DEKR Feb 01, 2009

    could you please rate me


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Another way to start up your wireless connection utility is to look in your system tray in the far bottom right corner of your screen.  You should see something like four bars like in the cell phone commercial.  Double click that, and you should get the same wireless connection utility up.

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  • Eddie Vev Jan 26, 2009

    Type "taskmgr" without the quotes.  This is probably what you're looking for.

  • Eddie Vev Jan 26, 2009

    Or actually, try typing "services.msc" If you want your wireless to stay on all the time, you can right click the wireless service and set it to start automatically.


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