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Whenever I dock my laptop onto my docking station, Windows disables my Wireless Network Connection and enables my Wired Network Connection. Whenever I undock my laptop, Windows disables my Wired Network Connection and enables my Wireless Network Connection.

Is there a way to disable this feature?

After Windows performs the automatic disabling/enabling, I run into errors when I try to disable the now-enabled connection, specifically "It is not possible to disable the connection at this time. This connection may be using one or more protocols that do not support Plug-and-Play, or it may have been initiated by another user or the system account."

I'm assuming the latter portion of the error is true ... my network connections are being enabled/disabled under a system account. Regardless, I'd just like to disable the feature altogether.

For reference, I'm working with Windows XP Professional on a Dell Latitude D630.

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Go to Microsoft support. There is a hotfix. This is a known issue. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;959267&sd=rss&spid=3223

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Corrected link: support.microsoft.com/… –  JC. Feb 16 '11 at 15:34

I had the same problem with an Lenovo laptop/docking station. The fix is to keep the same network connection in either mode, which really means not using the dock's network connection. I did this be deleting the "1394 Connection", which is the network connection used by my dock.

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Go to system bios there is an option for LAN\WLAN swtiching. Disable that optiona and you should be all set.

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