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From where I am sitting, Windows 7 does not appear to support WiFi Direct connections to Android mobile devices. Specifically, turning on WiFi Direct on my Samsung Galaxy S II does not make the device visible as a potential WiFi network connection. Windows 8 is said to support WiFi Direct, but I have no desire to upgrade at this time. I have successfully set up ad hoc WiFi connections between the S II and my laptop before, but as you may be aware, these are not the same as WiFi Direct.

Before posting this question, I searched [ "Windows 7" "WiFi Direct" ] and variations thereof, and dutifully slogged through dozens of lame or irrelevant responses on various forums, badly made YouTube videos, and probable Trojan horse distribution sites. If someone out there knows how to do this, it's buried in the noise.

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From this Intel link, it does look like there is software for WiFi Direct on Windows 7.

Intel® My WiFi Dashboard - Ultra Wi-Fi Portability

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I couldn't find anything about WiFi Direct, but Windows 7 does support "hosted networks" which are like adhoc networks but allow the laptop to stay connected to an access point and share the network connection with other devices though a virtual SSID. Here are the full details for setting up a hosted network in Windows 7.

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You will not find this protocol on Windows boxes.

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WiFi Direct is NOT a Samsung proprietary application protocol. It is a protocol that has been certified by the WiFi alliance: wi-fi.org/discover-and-learn/wi-fi-direct It just so happens that the Samsung Galaxy S was the first device to be WiFi direct certified. I'd suggest given that Microsoft have made a large fanfare about Windows 8 supporting WiFi Direct, that it is not supported by the Windows 7 OS. It may be possible to add this capability using third party software, but similar to you, I found it pretty hard to find much clear info on this. –  hitch Apr 30 '12 at 5:36
    
hitch, Thank you for the correction. If you were to put your comment in an answer I will delete mine. As an answer your excellent information will not be lost when I remove mine. –  Dan-o Apr 30 '12 at 19:12

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