Dec 14, 2020 @ 12:17 am

How to view WiFi Network Password on Windows 7, 8 and 10?

When we work on our compact and handy laptops, the delight is incredible. No stack of wires attached to it to get connected with rest of the world. Just install a Wi-Fi/LAN router at your home and take the pleasure of robust internet connectivity at every corner of your house.

The true bliss is that your laptop remembers your Wi-Fi/LAN password of it, just after the first connectivity. But this superpower of your laptop has a major drawback as well, because we hardly bother to note down our Wi-Fi passwords for future references.

Though getting connected to your Wi-Fi connection would not be an issue for you and your laptop but it would be a tough nut to crack for any of your friends and other ‘kith and kin’. They need your Wi-Fi password to connect their devices. But, you don’t remember it, right?

Well, your laptop is your knight in shining armor as it remembers the password. All you need to know a simple procedure to retrieve it.

In this article, we are going to tell those super-easy steps which will help you to view your Wi-Fi/LAN passwords so that all your acquaintances don’t have to cut off from the world when they are at your place. Also, we will also guide you about some useful steps to prioritize the networks over your laptop.

Steps to retrieve Wi-Fi/LAN network password on Windows 7

If you are Windows 7 users than follow these steps to retrieve your forgotten Wi-Fi network password.

1. Open the “Control Panel” tab on your laptop.

2. Choose “Network and Sharing Centre” from list.

Network and Sharing center

3. Now, click on “Manage wireless networks” from the list.

Manage wireless networks

4. Once you clicked on it, a window with all connected Wi-Fi and LAN connections will open up. Choose the one of which you want to retrieve the password.

manage wireless networks

5. Once you choose the connection, do the right click and select on “Properties”.

6. In this section, there will two options in front of you, one is “Connection” and another one is “Security”. Click on “Security” and then select “Show Characters”. Your forgotten password is right in front of you.

click on security

Steps to retrieve your Wi-Fi/LAN network password in Windows 8 and 10

Those, who are using Windows version 8 and 10, need to follow the mentioned steps to retrieve the network password.

By using “cmd” command

1. Open the “cmd” command prompt in your laptop.

2. Type “netsh wlan show profiles” command and hit “Enter”.

3. A list of all your connected networks will appear on your screen.

use command line to view password

4. Now, use command

netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear

to find the password of the respective profile. Make sure that you replace the “Profile name” with your real-time Wi-Fi network names.

For example, from this list, if I want to get the password of AtomicFrags profile then my command would be:

netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear

5. Once you hit “Enter”, you will get the details of the profile. Look out for the “Key Content” and your password is mentioned just right here. Pretty easy!

By using “Control Panel’’

If you are not very fond of using “cmd” command then you can get back your network password by going to the “Control Panel” of your laptop as well. Here are the steps:

1. Click “Setting” on the desktop screen.

go to settings in windows 10
2. Choose “Network, Internet, Wi-Fi, Airplane and VPN” option.

Choose Network & Internet

3. Choose “Status” followed by “Change Adaptor Settings”.

Change adapter settings

4. When you will click on this option, a window with “Network Connections” will get opened.

Network connections

5. Right-click on your Wi-Fi network of which you want to get the password and choose ‘Status’.

Right click and choose status

6. Choose “Wireless Properties”.

Click on Wireless Properties

7. Click on “Security”.

click on Security

8. Click on “Show Characters” and the password is visible.

Click on Show Characters

With the help of above-explained steps, you can easily get back your long lost Wi-FI network password. No more hassle to keeping it secure over a post-card or a paper.

Now, there are times when we need to change our network priorities to get connected with other Wi-Fi networks. This is especially required when you travel to an entirely new place and your laptop denies to get connected to any new network.

In addition, this problem also occurs when you have more than one network connected to your laptop and your laptop auto-detect the one which is not available right now.

For example, you take your laptop to work and use your office’s Wi-Fi network. Your laptop remembers it forever. Then you come back home and you connect it to the Wi-Fi network available at home.

But, your laptop keeps on searching for your office network connection which is not available right now. The same problem occurs when there are multiple routers attached to one network connection.

What to do in that case?

Read out your steps and have a delight to hassle-free connectivity to any new network connection.

1. Go to “Start” and then type “View network connection”.

View network connection

2. Press ALT key then click on “Advanced options”. Go to “Advanced Settings”.

select Advanced Settings

3. Choose “Local Area Connection”. You will find that there are green arrows in front of very network connection name. Click on the green arrow belongs to the network name to which you want to give priority.

local area connection

After giving the preferences to the desired network connection, don’t forget to click on “OK”, in order to save it.

And now, you are all good to go. Your laptop will remember this priority and will get it connected to it as soon as you logged in.

Working with Wi-Fi/ LAN is indeed a cakewalk as we get instant connectivity without bleak connections. But, there are times when we get some minor but daunting issues.

You need not to a computer expert to handle them. Just read our expert tips and handle it with ease. Little attention to details and simple steps will take you out of this mess.

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