Windows XP constantly says validating identity and will not connect

Symptom: Windows XP constantly says validating identity and will not connect. Problem: By default windows wireless 802.11b authentication is enabled. Solution: To disable authentication. Disconnect from the wireless network Click on start click on settings click on control panel click on classic view upper left hand corner of screen click on network connections right click on wireless adapter select properties click on wireless networks tab click on the essid in the list click on properties click on authentication tab uncheck everything on the that page click on ok click on ok Close network connections window Reconnect to the wireless network