How to Start Windows Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC)

If Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) is not started on a Windows computer, it cannot detect any available wireless networks. It is an important Microsoft service which normally starts at boot time and this utility manage WiFi connections. If WZC is disabled on a device, it cannot find and join WiFi networks. So if you are facing any WiFi connectivity issues on your computer, first step is to check whether WZC is enabled. This article tells how to enable WZC on a Windows computer and fix issues related to WiFi connectivity. Here we can see two different methods  to activate this service. You can activate it either by executing a Command Prompt command or by following GUI instructions. These two methods are explained in this article.


Steps to Enable Wireless Zero Configuration
  1. Click on start

  2. Click on Run

  3. On Run window type services.msc press OK
    Service

    Now the services windows will be opened. The Wireless Zero Configuration is third service from last.
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  4. Open the service and click on start button to enable this service.
    in win7


Start WZC From Command Prompt

Here we use a DOS command to start Wireless Zero Configuration. Procedure is given below.
  1. Start Command Prompt

  2. Type the command net start wzcsvc and press enter
Now onwards it is started on your computer and it will work as long as you manually set its status stop. If you are using third party utilities like Dell DW WLAN Card Utility or Linksys WiFi Network Monitor etc, they may set the status of WZC as stopped. As long as they work properly it is not necessary to enable it back but if these third party tools show issues, it is better disable them and start Microsoft Utility.I recommend this because in my personal experience, this built in Microsoft Utility works better than third party utilities. However, you should not use two different network monitoring utilities at same time.

Where to Find Wireless Zero Configuration on Windows 7 & 8

I am getting comments regarding wireless zero configuration on Windows 8 and 7 computers. They want to know where to find WZC in Windows 7 and 8 as they couldn't find it on services page. Actually there is no WZC on Windows 8, Vista and Windows 7. It is an important service on Windows XP and Server 2003 but discontinued on later versions. Instead of using it, they use Wlan Autoconfig to manage wireless network. To know more about this service to find and manage WiFi, visit the link below.
How to Start Wlan AutoConfig Service

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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you soo much...this was very useful :))

Siju George said...

I am happy to hear this :)

Laz said...

easy to follow and actually works! thanx.

Diana said...

I never thought it is so easy to start and stop wireless zero configuration in my computer. Thanks for your tip

Very simple and gentle ,thank you again

petricasablanca said...

thanks a bunch!
best and simplest advice ever received - especially related to ms

Peter said...

Thanks for the article. Can I follow the same steps to enable Wireless Zero Configuration (wzc) in Windows 7 laptop ?

Anonymous said...

your comment helped me to solve my problems.

Siju George said...

@ Peter

There is no WZC for Windows 7 computers. Instead of WZC Windows 7 uses Wlan Autoconfig. I have added those details in this post.

Sarfaraz said...

thankyou very much friend. started very easily using your blog. thanks again

Anonymous said...

Thanks perfect and I thought I would have to go to the repair shop. Perfect tip.

Anonymous said...

i have this problem in my pc but when i turn off the pc and turn on again the service wzc is stopped, and have to start everytimes.

Siju George said...

I think you set Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) as manual instead of automatic. Please make sure WZC is automatic

Siju George said...

WZC startup should be Automatic

Anonymous said...

thank u very much ..that was really easy

Anonymous said...

Aaalright. It works.

Anonymous said...

Aaalright. It works.

Anonymous said...

hi thanks for ur tips but i still have the problem there;s msg appearing to tell me that the ip address conflict with another system on the network
i'm xp windows

Siju George said...

This issue may occur if two devices in the same network posses same IP address. Please click on the link below to know more details about this issue.

http://www.corenetworkz.com/2009/07/theres-ip-address-conflict-with-another.html

Anonymous said...

OMG best tip ever. Fu$%^ Geek Squad

enterdel said...

Wow thank you mate
now I can share my internet connection via wifi

tolito said...

I start it. But then it stops any advise ..?

Siju George said...

Hi tolito,

Can you explain your issue with more details.

Anonymous said...

i tried to start this thing but when i pressed start button it is showed a window saying: "the wireless zero configuration service on the local computer started and then stopped. some services stop automatically if they have no work to do for example the performance logs and alerts service. how can i fix this problem?

Scratchmen Apoo said...

Workkk!!!

seniorfdolce said...

Follow the directions as told and now it's saying you have a limited or no connectivity

Siju George said...

Please follow the link below to fix limited or no connectivity issue.

http://www.corenetworkz.com/2009/08/wireless-connection-limited-or-no.html

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me about setup WZC or wireless zero configuration in Windows 8 ?

Shyam Rai said...

Is there WZC in Linux computer? I am using Ubuntu.

Shyam

Anonymous said...

Well that's good with Windows XP. What can I do with my Windows 8 computer ?