This one is puzzling me. A friend on a trip is having this issue with a vista laptop.
He can connect to a paid wireless network fine, and surf normally with IE.
He can't connect to his hotel's free wireless, but other people on the trip connect fine. He verified the password with other people and used the "show characters" box to make sure it was being typed properly. He also tried moving to the lobby to make sure he was in range.
He has a weird symptom... there's another wireless network in range, unrelated to the hotel or the paid service. Windows keeps attempting to connect to this network. I had him right click, go to properties, connection, and make sure all boxes are UNchecked (so... connect automatically is unchecked). And I had him right click and choose disconnect. But after a second, windows attempts to reconnect anyway. Is that normal in vista?
Ran SFC /scannow and windows reported some files couldn't be fixed, but it's pretty much impossible to read cbs.log (especially as I'm not in front of it). Not sure if this is even related.
He had norton and windows firewall turned on. had him disable all norton services and apps, plus windows firewall and security center. Rebooted. Problem persists.
So what's going on here? He's used numerous other networks without issues, and can use the paid network without issue right now.