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Saturday, 18 November 2017

How to recover a forgotten WiFi password in Windows

I spend a lot of time helping my friends and family with their technical problems on their laptops or PCs, teaching them how to clean their browsers' caches, scan their Windows computer for viruses and even speed up their Mac's. However, an issue that often occurs revolves around WiFi passwords forgotten in Windows . So let's get down to work and see how we can recover a forgotten WiFi password.

In general, a person has all their devices connected to the network, but usually does not connect new devices to their Wi-Fi network , so they usually forget what the Wi-Fi password is and rarely remember that it is usually written under your router (only applicable if we have not changed the default password of the WiFi ). The immediate solution is to look in a drawer for a forgotten note or Post-it where we have pointed the damn Wi-Fi key ... but they never appear when they are searched.

So it never hurts to know more methods that can help us to know the WiFi key of our network .

Recover Windows WiFi password

If you are one of those people, do not worry, before going into a panic we invite you to remember that if one of the computers that you have connected to the WiFi network is your computer or laptop, accessing the password is much simpler. what are you thinking.

The recovery of a forgotten WiFi password in Windows 10 , is something we already tried a while ago. But since it is something that they ask so much, it is best to see how to achieve it in different versions of Windows and, above all, knowing a little more about the CMD commands related to this task.

In a Windows PC you can recover in two different ways: the first, requires that we have a Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer, while the second one is much more universal, since you will only need the command line.

Method 1: Retrieve the WiFi password in Windows 10 or Windows 8

This first method is very simple; The only drawback is that you must already be connected to the network so you can recover the password.

  • To start, simply click the right mouse button on the network icon in the taskbar and select "Open Network and Share Center"
  • On the left side of the window, click on "Change adapter settings"
  • Then right-click on the WiFi adapter and select "Status" from the menu.
  • Now select "Wireless Properties" in the pop-up window that will appear; change to the "Security" tab
  • Then check the box next to "Show characters".
  • The asterisks next to the network security key (password) will be replaced by the actual password, and now you can share it with your friends on their personal devices.

Method 2: Ideal for most versions of Windows

Next, I'll show you the universal method, which can be done through the command console . This method does not require you to be connected to the network, but it does require that you know the name of the network from which you want the password.

To start, open a new command window and then enter the following command, changing "[EL_NOMBRE_DE_TU_RED_WIFI]" to the name of the network you want (do not delete the quotes):

netsh wlan show profiles name = "[EL_NOMBRE_DE_TU_RED_WIFI]" key = clear

After entering, you will be given a reading that lists several details about the requested network. In "Security", you will find the network password in plain text in the "Key content" field.

Getting to know the NETSH command better

Since we have mentioned the netsh command we are going to know some more things about it, since it can be useful to play with the configuration of the WiFi network.

Show the list of WiFi networks

netsh wlan show profiles

Retrieve the key (WPA, WEP, etc.) of a network

netsh wlan show profiles name = [name_profile] key = clear

Delete stored information from a WiFi network

netsh wlan delete profile name = [name_profile]

Set the priority of a WiFi network

netsh wlan set profileorder name = [name_profile] interface = [name_interface] priority = 1

Stop automatic connection to a WiFi network

netsh wlan set profileparameter name = [name_profile] connectionmode = manual

Export data from a WiFi network

netsh wlan export profile name = [name_profile]

Import data from a WiFi network

netsh wlan add profile filename = [path_to_file.xml] interface = [interface_name]

Create a WiFi connection "Ad Hoc"

As of Windows 8, Microsoft eliminated the ability to create "ad hoc" or "peer-to-peer" wireless networks. You will no longer find the option "Set up a wireless ad hoc option" in "Set up a new connection or network" in the graphical user interface. However, you can use what Microsoft calls Wireless Networks hosted through Netsh commands:

Configure the hosted wireless network:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode = allow ssid = [virtual_red_name] key = [virtual_red_password]

Enable the hosted wireless network:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Disable the hosted wireless network:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

Get the details of the hosted wireless network:

netsh wlan show hostednetwork

Change Password:

netsh wlan refresh hostednetwork YourNewPassword

And that will be it! Is not it simple? Tell us what you thought of this trick to recover the Windows WiFi passwords, through the comments box below. And thanks for reading!

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