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Last Updated: 12/12/2016

RadioLocation provides instructions to users for enabling the wireless local area network (WLAN) hardware. These instructions are displayed when a wireless connectivity problem is detected, for example, when a wireless adapter is turned off.

Use this setting when you are deploying a portable computer with WLAN hardware that can be manually enabled or disabled.

In a typical scenario, a user may deactivate the WLAN hardware by a keyboard command or a physical switch. Later, the user forgets the switch is off, and tries to browse the Internet. Windows Internet Explorer shows an error page. From this page, the user selects Diagnose connection problems. Windows diagnoses the problem, and provides a recommendation to resolve the problem.

Wireless capability on this computer is turned off.

Turn on wireless capability.

Use the switch on the front or side of the computer, or function keys if available, to enable wireless capability on this computer.

The third line in this message can be configured using the RadioLocation setting to provide a more specific recommendation.



Provides user instructions for enabling the WLAN hardware. RadioLocation is a string. The recommended maximum length of the string is 128 characters.

This string type supports empty elements.

Parent Hierarchy

Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc | RadioLocation

Valid Configuration Passes



Applies To

For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Wlansvc.

XML Example

This XML example shows how to configure Windows to provide specific instructions on how to activate the WLAN for the fictitious computer, Fabrikam Model FNB1:

<RadioLocation>To activate the wireless LAN on the Fabrikam Model FNB1, slide the wireless switch on the left side of the computer to ON.</RadioLocation>

This changes the WLAN activation recommendation to:

Wireless capability on this computer is turned off.

Turn on wireless capability.

You can do this by using a switch, usually found on the front or side of the computer, or by using a function-key combination.


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