Is this a fairly new thing for Windows XP (maybe a service pack or update) or did I just never encounter this for the first few years while using Windows XP?
Maybe some fairly recent Windows XP update automatically checks the "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network" box under the Wireless Network Properties?
For some reason his laptop keeps saying validating identity while security is enabled I've tested it on a number of different networks and always get the same thing.So in this case, and probably a few other times over the years, if I try to connect to wireless networks using WPA before I get all the windows updates, I'll probably have issues. One additional comment - that update is apparently part of Service pack 3.It has been a few days since I was having that problem with the laptop on my wireless network, but I am almost positive it already had service pack 3 installed on it. Chances are that you don't have any issues when you are connecting to wireless using WEP Encryption. I have slipstreamed my XP install cd with Service pack 3, so my installs all usually have svp3 right from the start.
The problem is usually caused by XP not being updated or patched to handle WPA/WPA-2. displaylang=en&id=1974 Also, check to see if there is an updated driver for your wireless. If it is SP2, you need to upgrade it to SP3 for best connectivity across all encryption modes. But the other day, when I had this problem, I had downloaded the wireless NIC driver, and was trying to attach to my wireless network so I could run windows updates.I think the problem has to do with the type of encryption (WEP/WPA/etc.), but I can't be sure.