I bought a $150 PC from San Jose Salvation Army. It has 1 GB RAM, 40 GB hard drive with wireless card. This solves the headache of installing VMware, buying a licensed Windows and configuring etc.
First, make sure you are using WEP in your wireless router. Check the settings. If not, you have to change it to WEP in the router settings. It will prompt you for 13 character password. Once you change it, the router will reboot and the changes will be in effect. Now on your Windows machine just type the password (as alphanumeric characters, not as HEX) and you should be good to go.