Fix: The Settings Saved on This Computer Do Not Match the Requirements of the Network

In some of my posts regarding securing a wireless router, I am occasionally asked about solving the following error message:

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

While I haven’t experienced this error, a quick search online has revealed that it can be a common error to receive when connecting to a wireless network. When solving errors that you receive after making changes, it is important to understand what changes you have made, and how they would affect your wireless connection. While everyone’s wireless network configuration may be different, let’s look at the possible changes that could cause the above error.

Fix: The Settings Saved on This Computer Do Not Match the Requirements of the Network

Computer Settings Don’t Match the Wireless Network.

There are many settings that you can change within your wireless router. Most routers contain the same settings, such as security type, and encryption algorithm, and it is important that when you change these settings that you also change them within your operating system.

When changing the settings on your wireless network, you must ensure that the settings in your router match those in your operating system. As I mentioned above, all wireless networks will have different settings, but the following list are some settings that you should ensure match between your operating system and your network:

  • Ensure that the DHCP settings match. Most home networks would have this set to automatic.
  • The security type (WEP, WPA, WPA2) is set properly. For most home users the WPA/WPA2 type will probably be set to “Personal.”
  • The encryption algorithm (AES, TKIP) is set properly. Like the security type, this setting can be found within your router.
  • The passphrase associated with your wireless network was entered properly in your operating system when connecting to your network.

The above list probably contains the most common settings that could cause an issue when attempting to connect to your wireless network. Ensuring that the settings defined within your wireless router match the network settings defined within the operating system will ensure that you don’t have any connectivity issues.


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  1. Louie
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the info. Sometimes all I it takes is for one thing to go wrong to keep you from completely setting up your network.

  2. brandon
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    well i called the company and we checked all the settings to see if it matched and it did also before this trouble we had our phone fixed and then we started having trouble so we have a tech from the company coming but i would like to see if i could fix it myself

  3. Posted June 20, 2012 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    I’ve experienced this kind of problem before when I tried and reconfigured our wifi router. The problem was it doesn’t support windows 7 anymore. I had to get a machine running in XP to configure it first.

    • Posted June 20, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

      Interesting. I haven’t really heard about a router not being supported in version of Windows, mainly because they are usually stand-alone. Was the software that came with the router the one with the compatibility issue?

  4. Kevin N
    Posted May 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    For some reason I’ve only seen the easy solution to the “The settings saved on this computer do not match the requirements of the network” error posted in one place, but it’s really simple:

    – From the Network and Sharing Center, click “Manage wireless networks” on the left hand side.

    – Select the problem network connection in the list and click the “Remove” button at the top of that list.

    – Now attempt to connect to the wireless network again in the normal fashion (as if you were connecting to a new internet connection at a coffee shop, restaurant, friend’s house, etc.)

    – Problem solved.

    • Diane
      Posted May 18, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

      Not solved for me!

    • Posted July 15, 2012 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Hey, thanks for this very simple solution = worked for me after trying many other suggestions, my hero!! :O)

    • Kellie Lancaster
      Posted November 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

      You are my hero! I was so frustrated. A million thanks to you!

    • PAK
      Posted September 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      This solution worked perfectly – can’t understand why it happened in the first place as I’ve connected previously many times, but it did happen but now it’s fixed. Thanks so much Kevin – saved me much time and frustration!!!

      • Posted September 29, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

        I am unsure as to why it does this out of the blue at times. I mainly see this error when I changed the wireless settings, but a few times I have seen this without changing the settings on the router.

    • Will
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

      Solved for me! Thanks Kevin N!!!!

  5. Posted January 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the info – great post I alway wondered what that meant thanks

  6. Jonno
    Posted October 12, 2011 at 4:47 am | Permalink

    I’m sure this helped some people, but it didn’t help me. For example I used a USB flash drive to transfer the EXACT network and security settings from my laptop – which was connected without problems – to my desktop. The whole point of this feature is to have the precise settings on hand to allow users to connect to the network. Right?

    Although the message reads “The Settings Saved on This Computer Do Not Match the Requirements of the Network” the settings are in fact identical, and have to be accurate and “match the requirements” for the system they were transferred from to be connected at all. Meh. Yet the desktop receives this error message (which makes no sense in this context) and will not connect.

    Both mine and my girlfriends’ laptops connect just fine. My PC is giving me major hassle. lol WLAN drivers are the latest, it obviously detects the network, and the transferred settings are digit for digit accurate and settings for setting precise. Still get this bloody message. Haven’t found a forum yet that’s got anything approaching a real answer.

  7. Andrew Walker
    Posted July 28, 2011 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    Mhh…I’ve experienced this once, but my friend fixed it for me. Now I know how to do it, so the next time if I ever come across the same problem again, hopefully not, then I can fix it by myself. Thanks a lot for sharing this!

    • Posted July 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      I have heard others experience the issue after securing their router, so I figure I better include a post to help solve the issue.

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