Need help connecting old Windows XP to new wireless router, please

Hi,
I have an old desktop running Windows XP Home version 2002, which has been connected to a Netgear WG311 802.11g wireless router. I was unable to connect other computers, so I replaced the Netgear with a Linksys E1200 wireless router. Now all the other computers find the Linksys router, but the older Windows XP desktop won't (because I didn't use it to set up the router?).  How do I connect the old Windows XP computer to the new router, please? Thank you very much for your help. 
Walt 
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Hi,
I have an old desktop running Windows XP Home version 2002, which has been connected to a Netgear WG311 802.11g wireless router. I was unable to connect other computers, so I replaced the Netgear with a Linksys E1200 wireless router. Now all the other computers find the Linksys router, but the older Windows XP desktop won't (because I didn't use it to set up the router?).  How do I connect the old Windows XP computer to the new router, please? Thank you very much for your help. 
Walt 

The problem probably is that the Linksys E1200 is a wireless-N router and your old desktop undoubtedly has a wireless adapter that is only capable of wireless-G (or maybe wireless-G and wireless-B).

Are the wireless adapters in your other computers wireless-N?  If so, that may be the reason why they couldn't connect to your old Netgear wireless-G router.

You either can get a new wireless-N adapter for the desktop or configure the E1200 to make wireless-g available.
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