can i run windows vista base edition on airport extreme?

I have the 24inch Imac running OS X 10.6 and We have an HP laptop we use around the house. I hooked up the airport extreme today and it works fine with the Mac but my laptop is running windows vista basic!! Do I need to do anything special to get wi-fi for the laptop?

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    Can the laptop recognize your wireless network? If not, it may be that the laptop is not truly 802.11n capable. If the AirPort Utility setting for the "Radio Mode:" is set as "802.11n only (5GHz)" that setting will prevent your network from being visible to non-802.11n 5GHz devices. Change the setting to "802.11n (802.11b/g compatible)" and then "Update" - to see if that setting makes a difference.

    In addition, when you setup with AirPort Utility you specified a network name and password, and selected the type of wireless security. All connecting devices must use the exact same, without any deviation.