Wireless Settings Do Not Match Network Requirements

| July 1, 2011

As easy as networking Windows Vista and Windows 7 has become, there are times when connectivity problems are encountered that make you scratch your head. One such problem is trying to connect a new computer or a new network adapter to an existing network. The process is usually flawless and automatic, but you may encounter the error “The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network” even though you have the correct password and a strong connection.

The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network

Network connection error

Change Network Settings

There are a couple of quick options you can try to resolve the error “The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network.”

Changing the wirless security settings

Change wireless security settings

One option is to click on the wireless network settings icon near the clock. Right-click your network and then select Properties. In the figure above you can see the settings under the security tab. Change them to match your network type. If your router’s security is set to WPA-Personal, make sure your security type is set to match. If your encryption is set to AES, try changing it to TKIP. Lastly, make sure your network security key (network password) is typed in correctly.

Remove your wireless network

Remove your wireless network

Another option is to correct the “The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network” error is to remove the network from under the Manage Wireless Networks option located in the Network and Sharing Center of the Control Panel. Once you remove the network, you can click on the Change Adapter Settings in the left side menu of the Network and Sharing Center. Right-click the wireless adapter and then click the Connect / Disconnect option. You should see your router or access point listed. Click “Connect” and then type in the password for your network.

In Conclusion

The problem can occur when adding a new laptop of wireless adapter to an existing network. Tweaking these settings should allow you to successfully connect to your network after you receive the “The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network error.” If it does not, please contact us on our forums for more help.

Category: Networking


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  1. Abby says:

    I checked 3 other sites and could not find anything about this. I had changed the settings on my home router while trying to get the new Roku box to work, and hadn’t updated them on my computer. Thanks for the perfect help!

  2. Mikko says:

    Well, I’ve been struggling with this problem for a few weeks and it seems to be getting gradually worse. At first, turning my modem on and off helped after each reboot, then I found the “remove connection” option and started doing that after every reboot to get the connection working. Now, I need to turn my router on and off several times, uninstall and reinstall my wireless network cards drivers and finally it still let’s me connect only when I use “set up a new connection or network from” network and sharing center. Tried changing the network name and pass a couple times too but didn’t help. Problems started after a land party at a friends place, used a wireless connection there too incase it matters. The weirdest thing is that when I try to connect normally after removing the network saved data, is that my network password ends with an 1, but if I type the password correctly it usually tells me wrong password but if I type in 12 it pondersw for a while and then says I’ve acessed the network on a “limited acess” basis, which seems to work like not being connected to all.

    Using windows 7 ultimate 32bit, no problems on other computers in the household with the network in quesiton. Help would be highly appreciated! :)

  3. Jennifer says:

    Having the same problem as above. Won’t let me connect with correct password, but let’s me connect when I put a space in the middle, but it’s limited access with no Internet connection.. Wont let me connect with randomly incorrect passwords either. I have no problem connecting with my phone and with other computers. I have deleted ALL my networks and removed this one several times to no avail. I’ve done many things on other forums like setting my security to open and trying other settings. I’ve reset and restarted all kinds of things. This happened completely randomly- it was fine one day and broken the next. Nothing changed.

  4. Ray says:

    I am able to resolve this problem following your solution. However, I have to do this each single time I reset my computer. Is there any way, I can save this fixed settings and make it to connect automatically instead that I have to reconfigure each single time?
    The network that I connected belongs to my landlord, and he is using WPA2-Personal AES.

  5. Thinkerbell says:

    Thank you! ^_^

    Just changed to WPA2-Personal | TKIP..

  6. Jqm says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I am so impressed I installed a new router AND fixed this problem that came up all by myself, without my husband! Thank you for the easy, perfect resolution to this problem.