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How to remove a saved wireless network on windows 10

In this guide we will explain 4 ways to forget and manually delete a saved Wi-Fi network profile on Windows 10 to prevent your PC to automatically connect to it.

Every time you connect to a Wi-Fi network Windows 10 saves the password, security mode and other settings.

The primary goal behind this is to free you from entering the security key each time you connect to this hotspot or just reboot your PC or laptop.

Your PC can store an unlimited number of saved Wi-Fi network profiles that you have ever connected to.

You may no longer remember what kind of hotpot is ‘tp-link123’ but the profile will still be saved. And in particular cases you might want your computer to forget some of them.

Why Delete Wi-Fi Network Profiles?

You may run into some situations when you really need it:

  • you want to delete the name of the Wi-Fi network you don’t use anymore
    or that no more exist (for instance, if you renamed your Wi-Fi on the router, moved to another place or changed the job);
  • you wish to forget a dangerous or insecure Wi-Fi hotspot not to connect to it again by mistake in the future. For example, some Open neighbor network configured to sniff traffic and steal sensitive personal data – your content, account credentials and banking cards requisites;
  • you goal is to hide a secret network and the fact you were connected to it;
  • other mysterious intentions 🙂

The Easiest Way to Forget a Wi-Fi Network on Windows 10

I think, this common method will suit the majority of Windows 10 users. Follow the steps:

  1. Click the Network icon on the lower right corner of the desktop:
  2. Right-click on the network name.
  3. Select Forget:

Method #2. Forget a Wi-Fi Network from Settings App in Windows 10

Frankly, I don’t know why you might want to use this method except the situation if you still have a very old build of Windows 10 for some reason.

As you may know, the method #1 was brought to us by Fall Creators update released on October 2017.

Do the following:

  1. Right-click the network icon in the Taskbar.
  2. Select Open Network and Internet Settings.
  3. Click Wi-Fi in the right pane of the Settings.
  4. Click on the Manage known networks link: How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
  5. Select the right profile and click Forget:
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Method #3 for Geeks and Admins: Use Powershell or CMD

If you don’t know, you can forget the wireless network using command line or powershell.

All you need to do is:

  • Open powershell or command prompt. The best way to do it in Windows 10 is right-click the Start button and select Windows PowerShell.
  • type netsh wlan show profile and press Enter. Now you will see all the profiles saved on the current computer. Find the one you wish to get rid of.
  • now when you know the exact wi-fi name type
    netsh wlan delete profile name=”wifi-settings.com“

Method #4: Delete a Saved Wi-Fi Network Profile via Windows 10 Registry Editor

Some people love to modify the registry. And deleting a wireless profile is a marvelous opportunity!

Here is what you do:

  1. Open the registry editor. You need to press Win+R, type regedit and click OK.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles\
  3. Check the ProfileName value in each subkey under Profiles and find the key related to the Wi-Fi network profile you want to delete.
  4. Right-click it and select Delete to delete a whole registry key. In such a way you will remove all information about a certain wireless network and make your PC really ‘forget’ everything about it.

In the comments you may tell us which way of deleting Wi-Fi network profiles you prefer and why. Enjoy using Wi-Fi!

@chrisbhoffman
November 16, 2017, 3:00pm EDT

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Windows 10 saves a list of Wi-Fi networks you connect to along with their passphrases and other settings. If you want to stop your PC from connecting to a network automatically, you’ll need to make Windows “forget” the Wi-Fi network.

The process was obvious in Windows 7, where you could just select “Manage Wireless Networks” in the Control Panel’s Network and Sharing Center and delete saved networks. Windows 8 removed this option and forced you to use Command Prompt commands. But in Windows 10, Microsoft once again provides a graphical interface for this.

How to Quickly Forget a Saved Wi-Fi Network

Microsoft finally streamlined this process in Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, so you don’t have to dig through the Settings app or Control Panel.

Just open the Wi-Fi popup from your notification area, also known as the system tray. Right-click or long-press the name of the network you want to forget and select “Forget”.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

This only works if you’re near the Wi-Fi network and it appears in the list. If you want to delete a Wi-Fi network your device can’t see at the moment, you’ll need to use the Settings app.

How to Forget a Saved Wi-Fi Network from Settings

To forget a saved Wi-Fi network that isn’t nearby, you’ll need to leave the old Control Panel behind and use the new Settings app. The “Manage Wireless Networks” function is no longer available in the Network and Sharing Center.

Head to Settings > Network & Internet to get started.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Select the “Wi-Fi” category and click the “Manage known networks” link.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

You’ll see a list of every Wi-Fi network you’ve connected to. To forget a network, click it and click “Forget.” You can use the search, sort, and filtering options to find a network in this list.

The next time you connect to a network, you’ll be asked for its passphrase and Windows will set it up from scratch.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

How to Forget a Saved Network From the Command Prompt

You can also do this from the Command Prompt, if you prefer. On Windows 8 and 8.1, this was the only built-in way to forget Wi-Fi networks because Microsoft didn’t provide any graphical tools.

Launch a Command Prompt window as Administrator to get started. To do so, open the Start menu, search for “Command Prompt”, right-click the Command Prompt shortcut and select “Run as Administrator.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Type the following command and press “Enter” to show a list of your saved Wi-Fi networks:

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Locate the profile name of the network you want to forget. Type the following command, replacing “PROFILE NAME” with the name of the network you want to forget:

For example, let’s say you want to remove a network named “BTWiFi”. You’d type the following command:

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Your PC holds many secrets. Some of them are built right into the operating system, and we try to uncover them here. Others are put there by you. Specifically, I’m talking about your saved passwords such as those for Wi-Fi networks.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Windows: The Secret Keeper

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Once you share these secrets with Windows, it doesn’t like to give them up. That could be a problem if you’ve forgotten your password and want to share it with someone else or simply want to transfer your passwords to a new PC.

The good news is you could use several methods to uncover your saved Wi-Fi passwords.

Microsoft enables you to view the password for the network you’re currently connected to. We’ll cover the instructions for finding your password based on Windows 10, but the method will be similar for earlier versions of the OS.

The Easy Way

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

First, make sure your computer is currently connected to the wireless network for which you want to find the password. Then right-click the Wi-Fi icon on the far right of the taskbar and select Open Network & Internet Settings from the context menu.

Alternatively, go to Control Panel > Network and Internet.

The Control Panel

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This will open a settings window. Select the Network and Sharing Center link. The Network and Sharing window will open.

Wi-Fi Status

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Select Wi-Fi next to the name of the wireless network for which you want to find the password. In Windows 7, right-click Wireless Network Connection and select Status. The Wi-Fi Status window will open.

Reveal Your Password

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Select the Wireless Properties button to open the Wireless Network Properties window. Choose the Security tab and then select the Show characters checkbox to reveal your password in the Network security key text entry box. Copy down your password and you’re done.

The Slightly Harder Way

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Windows 10’s built-in method for uncovering passwords is great, but what if you want to find a password for a network you’re not currently connected to?

For that, we’ll need some help from third-party software. There are a number of options you can use, but the one we prefer is Magical Jelly Bean’s Wi-Fi Password Revealer. This company also makes a product key finder that works well for finding the activation code for Windows in versions XP, 7, and 8.

Watch out for Bundleware

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Password Revealer is a free, easy program to use that will tell you everything you need to know about the Wi-Fi networks your PC has used in the past.

The one tricky thing about this program is that if you’re not careful it will also download and install an extra program (AVG Zen, at this writing). This is a sponsored download, and it’s how the company supports its free offerings, but for the end-user, it’s incredibly annoying.

Take it slow when installing Wi-Fi Password Revealer (read every screen carefully!). When you come to the screen offering you a free trial of some other program just uncheck the box to install and continue as normal.

The Password List

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Once you’ve installed the program, it should start-up straight away. If it doesn’t you’ll find it under in your Start menu apps.

Now you’ll see a small window listing every single Wi-Fi network your computer has saved to its memory complete with passwords. The listing is pretty easy to read, but just to be clear the name of the Wi-Fi network is listed in the SSID column and the password is in the password column.

Right-Click to Copy

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

To copy a password, click on the cell containing the password you want, right-click, and then from the context menu that appears select Copy selected password.

Sometimes you may see passwords prepended with the word “hex.” This means the password has been converted into hexadecimal digits. If that’s the case you may not be able to retrieve the password. That said, you should still try to use the “hex” password as sometimes the password hasn’t actually been converted at all.

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If your computer has Windows 10, its system saves the list of Wi-Fi networks you connect to, including their passphrases. The next time your device comes within the range of these saved networks, it will automatically connect to one of them. If you want to avoid this, you have to make Windows ‘forget’ the Wi-Fi networks it saved.

In Windows 7, the process is relatively simple. You can simply go to the Control Panel’s Network and Sharing Center and select Manage Wireless Networks. On the other hand, if you’re using Windows 8, you would have to go through Command Prompt just to remove saved networks. However, in Windows 10, there is a graphical interface that makes it easier to do this. Needless to say, it is easier to learn how to forget a Wi-Fi network on a Windows 10 PC.

How to Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10

When Microsoft developed the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, they streamlined the process of removing a wireless network from a computer. This means that you would not have to go through the Control Panel or use the Settings app just to delete a saved Wi-Fi network. Here are the steps:

  1. Click the Network Connection icon your taskbar. You can find this on the lower-right corner of your screen.
  2. Right-click the name of the network you want to remove.
  3. Select Forget from the options.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Keep in mind that this will only work if you are near the Wi-Fi network. If you want to remove a Wi-Fi network that is out of your device’s range, you’d have to use the Settings app.

Using the Settings App to Remove a Saved Wi-Fi Network

If your Windows 10 device is far from the Wi-Fi network you want to remove, you can still get rid of it by using the new Settings app. Keep in mind that in the Network and Sharing Center, the Manage Wireless Networks function is no longer available. Here are the steps you have to follow:

  1. Click the Search icon on your taskbar.
  2. Type “settings” (no quotes), then hit Enter.
  3. Select Network & Internet, then click Wi-Fi from the left-pane menu.
  4. Click Manage Known Networks.
  5. Click the Wi-Fi network you wish to remove, then select Forget.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

It is worth noting that you can easily find a specific network from the list by using the search, sort, and filtering options. Once you’ve removed a network, you will be prompted to submit its passphrase when you attempt to connect to it again.

However, before connecting to any type of network, make sure that your PC is protected from malicious attacks. As many know, when you are connecting to a public network, criminals can take advantage of this and hack into your computer. They can install malware and find their way to your sensitive information and bank accounts. That said, we recommend securing your PC, using Auslogics Anti-Malware .

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Whenever you connect to a wireless network, Auslogics Anti-Malware will protect your computer from malicious attacks and threats. What’s more, it is designed not to interfere with your main anti-virus, allowing you to get the optimum security you need.

Which method do you think is the easiest way to remove a saved Wi-Fi network?

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Whenever you connect to a wireless network using a device running Windows 10, a profile is saved to the computer.

That’s useful if you need to connect to the network again in the future as it makes that operation easier, especially if the access password is saved as well.

While that is useful, wireless network profiles are not removed from the list of profiles after time has passed. Even if you have not connected to a network in two years, it is not removed from the operating system.

That may not be a big issue either, but if you like things tidy, or prefer to remove old information from the operating system, then you may want to remove these old network information.

It makes little sense to keep profiles around that you know you will never connect to again using the device. Examples are hotel wireless networks, wireless networks at airports, or a wireless network that is no longer available.

It may also help if you have connections problems and believe that it is profile related.

Removing old wireless networks in Windows 10

It is easy to forget wireless networks the device was connected to in the past using Windows 10. Here is what you need to do:

1. Use Windows-i to open the Settings application of Windows 10. It is the main location for network and Internet related settings in the Settings application including Wi-Fi.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

2. Select “Network & Internet” when the app opens and there Wi-Fi from the sidebar. Note that Windows 10 displays Wi-Fi only if the device has wireless networking capabilities.

If you are connected to a wireless network, it is highlighted at the very top. You find several options listed there that you may want to configure if you have never done so, e.g. an option to define whether the online sign-up feature of Hotspot 2.0 is active.

Scroll down on the page until you find “manage Wi-Fi settings” listed on it.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

3. Manage Wi-Fi Settings opens. You find a list of all known wireless profiles at the bottom of the page. Each profile is listed with the SSID identifier but no other information.

It would have been useful if Microsoft would have added the last connection date and time to the listing but that is unfortunately not the case.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

4. Forget any of the profiles

To remove any profile from the machine, click or tap on it and select the Forget button afterwards. This deletes the information from Windows.

Please note that there is no confirmation dialog, and that the data is removed immediately. If you connect to the network again at a later point in time, you will be asked to enter a password if that is required to connect to it.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

The Windows 7 way

Windows 7 shipped with options to remove wireless network profiles as well. The removal is handled in the Control Panel since the Settings application was introduced in Windows 8 by Microsoft.

  1. Click on the Start menu button and select Control Panel.
  2. Or, use Windows-Pause to open the Control Panel, and select Control Panel Home when the window opens.
  3. Select “Network and Sharing Center”.
  4. On the page that opens, select “Manage wireless networks”.
  5. All known wireless network profiles are listed on the page. You can use the controls at the top to add or remove profiles, to change the order of them, or open adapter properties.

The “all Windows versions” way

You can remove wireless profiles using the command line as well:

How to force Windows 10 to ask for a WiFi password? After changing the password for your wireless network via the router, your computer may not be able to connect to the WiFi network automatically. Because it’s still using an out-dated password, and you have to forget it now. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through the simple steps to forget a WiFi network saved in Windows 10.

How to Forget a WiFi Network Saved in Windows 10?

    Open the Settings app by pressing the Windows key + I keyboard combination. Click on Network & Internet.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
Select Wi-Fi in the left-hand pane. There you will see a link “Manage known networks“. Click on it.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
You’ll see a complete list with all the Wi-Fi networks you’ve ever connected to. Just click the network you want to forget.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
Click Forget from the popup menu.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

This will remove your selected network profile and forget the saved WiFi password. You can repeat the same steps to forget other WiFi networks.

The next time you connect to a WiFi network, Windows 10 will prompt you for its password and set up the network profile from scratch. If you want to forget a network using Command Prompt or Registry Editor, please check out How to Delete Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. That’s it!

If you change router, or modify wireless settings on the router, the wireless network profile that saved on Windows may be outdated and you may not be able to connect to the network and receive this message:

The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

In this article, I will show 2 methods to remove or forget a wireless network profile in Windows 7.

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Step-by-step

Forget wireless network profile from Network menu

  1. On Windows desktop, right-click the wireless icon at bottom right and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
  2. Select Manage wireless networks on the left menu.
    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
  3. You will see list of wireless network profile. Select a wireless network and click Remove to delete its profile.
    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
  4. Click Yes to confirm.
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  5. Try to connect to the network again. You need to re-enter wireless password. Now you should be able to connect to the wireless network.
    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Remove wireless network profile from command prompt

  1. On Windows desktop, open command prompt as administrator by:
    1. Click Start icon at bottom left
    2. Type cmd in search field
    3. Right-click the cmd program
    4. Select Run as administrator

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  2. Click Yes.
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  3. On Command prompt window, type this command to list wireless network profiles that currently saved on Windows.

    netsh wlan show profiles

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
    To remove a profile, type this command and replace profile name (in double quotes) with one that you want to remove.

    netsh wlan delete profile name=”Linglom-AP”

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

  4. Then, you can try to connect to the network again. You need to re-enter wireless password. Now you should be able to connect to the wireless network.
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Recently, the password of my workplace’s wireless network was altered and I couldn’t connect to it since the password saved on my computer differed from the new password. Having upgraded from windows 8 to 10, I was looking for the “Forget network” settings in the taskbar but couldn’t locate it anywhere. After half an hour of tearing my hairs out, I finally figured it out. Here’s a handy guide to save you from having to go through all the hassle. This tutorial will guide you through the process of removing a saved Wireless network profile on your personal computer running the latest version of the windows, released by the Microsoft, i.e Windows 10. A wireless network profile comprises of SSID, security key and other security information that is required from you to be able to connect to a certain wireless connection.

You might want to remove the saved network profile for several reasons. Let me cite some of them here:

  1. The password of the network has changed and your wireless adapter relentlessly tries to connect with the same network using the old password associated with that network.
  2. You might want to delete details of unnecessary and unsafe networks saved on your personal computer.
  3. Sometimes compatibility issues occur between WiFi router and computer and forgetting it and connecting again can resolve the issue.

In the previous versions of Windows, it was rather easy to manage the saved network profiles right from the taskbar, but Microsoft has decided to move most of the settings associated with the wireless connections from the taskbar to the settings menu. Now without further ado, let’s just get on with our guide.

The following instructions will guide you through the process:

1: Open the wireless network settings by clicking on the wireless connection Icon in the taskbar and then clicking on the network settings.

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Or if you are keen on using the shortcuts, just press windows+I to open the settings and then click on network and internet to arrive at the settings associated with all the connections on your PC.

2: You’ll find all of your saved WiFi connections here. You’ll see an option titled “Manage Wi-Fi settings”. Click on it to arrive at the page for managing the settings of all of your saved wireless connections.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10 Manage Wi-Fi settings option

3: Now scroll to the bottom of this page to see all of the connections saved on this personal computer, under the tab of “Manage known networks”.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10 Manage known networks and Forget Button

4: Choose your desired network connection from the list and when you’ll click on its name, you’ll see the Forget button, press it and you’re done.

Congratulations, you have now successfully removed the wireless network profile and if you intend to use that wireless connection again, you’ll be prompted to provide all the necessary details again to constitute its wireless network profile.

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I “forgot” a wifi connection that I now want to connect to, however it no longer appears in the list of available wifi networks. I know it is available as I can connect to it on my phone. I can also connect to all other available wifi connections that appear in the list.

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In Windows 10 Microsoft has changed the way to manage the Wireless networks that you are connected to. In Windows 10 all the settings for the Network & Internet can be found inside “Settings” app which replaces the “PC Settings” from Windows 8 & 8.1 OS.

In “Network and Internet” configuration panel, users have the ability to view and configure many parameters on every network connection that they can use (Wi-Fi, Ethernet, VPN, Dial-up, Airplane, Mobile Hotspot, etc.). Additionally, at Network and Internet setting panel, you can reconfigure or forget (delete network profile) Wireless network(s) that you have connected before and you don’t use anymore.

In this tutorial you can find detailed instructions on how to Manage (Add, Remove, Disable, etc.) Wireless Networks on Windows 10.

How to Add, Forget or Turn Off Wireless Network(s) in Windows 10.

1. Open the Network settings, by using one of the following options:

Option 1. Press the Wireless icon in system tray and select Network settings.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Option 2. Click Start > Settings and select Network and Internet.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

2. In Network settings Window select Wi-Fi on the left side.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

3. In Wi-Fi settings, you can perform the following actions:

A. To turn your Wi-Fi card On of Off, simply drag the switch at the position you want.

B. Show available networks: Use this option to view all the available networks on your area. (You can view the same list, if you press the Wireless icon in system tray).

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

C. Hardware Properties: If you select this option, while not connected to any wireless network, you will view your Wireless card’s Model, Driver version and the Physical MAC address.
In case that you ‘re currently connected to a Wireless Network, you ‘ll see some additional information about the Wireless network that you ‘re connected to, like the Wireless SSID (Name), the Security type (e.g. “WPA2-Personal”), the network protocol (e.g. “802.11g”), the Network band (e.g. “2,4 GHz”) and the IP Address.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

D. Manage known networks: If you select this option, you will be able to remove (forget) a wireless network or to modify the Wi-Fi Sense, the Hotspot 2.0 networks and the Paid Wi-Fi services, :

i. Change the Properties of any Wireless Network that you are (have) connected to, such as:

– To connect automatically to the selected network when in range.
– To make your PC discoverable from other devices on the same network.
– To set the selected wireless network as a metered connection, in order to have more control over the data usage (e.g. in case that you ‘re using a limited bandwidth connection).

ii. Remove (Forget) any saved Wireless network that you don’t need anymore, or you have changed it’s Wi-Fi password and you want to reconnect to it, with the new password.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

– All the above, are the basic options to manage Wi-Fi networks. Microsoft also added some additional options for Wi-Fi.

E. Wi-Fi Sense, is a new feature in Windows 10 that allows you to connect automatically to any open hotspot is around you.
– If you to use the Wi-Fi Sense feature, you must sign-in with your Microsoft account and then to enable the Wi-Fi sense. After enabling the Wi-Fi Sense you ‘ll be able to connect to any open hotspot faster than manually search for the available open hotspots.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

F. Hotspot 2.0 networks, (also known as “Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint”) is a new Wi-Fi technology that is based on 802.11u Wi-Fi standard and provides secure access to Hotspot 2.0 capable access points, that have roaming agreements with the user’s home network.
– Up to today, users must select manually the available Wi-Fi Networks that they want to connect to, from the Wi-Fi settings in the device, but this procedure is a pain for users that travel or change locations frequently.
– With Hotspot 2.0 technology, a Hotspot 2.0 capable Wi-Fi device, will discover automatically in the background all the available Hotspot 2.0 Wi-Fi networks, and will connect to them automatically.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

G. Paid Wi-Fi services are designed to let users to easily connect to paid Wi-Fi Hotspots around the world.

That’s it! Let me know if this guide has helped you by leaving your comment about your experience. Please like and share this guide to help others.

This brief guide will take you step by step through the process of removing (also known as “forgetting”) a Wireless Network in Windows 10.

Two of the most common reasons for deleting the connection settings of a wireless network that you’ve previously connected to are:

  1. Troubleshooting a connection that no longer works.
  2. To stop your device from automatically connecting to networks you don’t use regularly (particularly helpful for laptop and tablet users).

Here are the quick steps to take in order to remove a wireless network from Windows 10:

    Click the “Start” button and select Settings

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Select Network & Internet

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Select Wi-Fi from the column on the left side of the window. From the Wi-Fi panel now displayed on the right side of the window, scroll down to and select/click Manage Wi-Fi settings

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

Scroll down to the Manage known networks section. From the list of all of your “known” (saved) Wi-Fi networks, select the one you want to delete by clicking on it once. Once it’s been selected, a Forget button will appear. Click that button to remove the associated Wireless Network.

How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

  • Select each of the other networks you want to delete (if any) and repeat the “click Forget” process. That’s it!
  • Many of you must be facing problem while Deleting Or Forgetting Wifi Network In Windows 10. Windows 10 is awesome operating system that is now one of the best operating system in the market that is now freely available for all the versions of windows. There are many features that are added in this OS, but one thing that user does’t find is Forget Network which comes when you right click on any network. As this option now will available by exploring little bit settings. So here we have discuss the complete guide to delete or forget any wireless profile in your windows 10 easily. So have a look on complete guide below to proceed.

    How To Delete Or Forget Wifi Network In Windows 10

    The method is very simple and straight and is little change from the way that we used in previous versions of window that is 7,8 etc where we just right click on select forget network. So follow the steps below to proceed.

    Steps To Delete or Forget any wireless profile in Windows 10

    1. First of all click on network option at the system tray and you will see all the networks currently available around you.
    2. There click on Network Settings there and the Network Settings dialog box will get appear.How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
    3. Now under Wifi section scroll down and then click on Manage Wifi Networks. How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
    4. Now scroll down and you will see all the known network with their mac details.
    5. Click on the network that you want to forget in your PC and click on Forget.How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10
    6. Thats it you are done, now the wifi network will get deleted from your wifi profiles list.

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    So above is all about How To Delete Or Forget Wifi Network In Windows 10. With this method you can easily forget any wifi network if you want to delete or if you change the password of that wifi network if the security key is changed and you are not able to connect it. Hope you like our work, do share with others too. Leave a comment below if you have any related queries with this.

    Gone are the days when we used to connect to an Internet connection using LAN or Local Area Network. Things have changed a lot and LAN has become outdated and we don’t need to be hooked with a wire at home. Now, we have turned to wireless connectivity. Just turn on Wi-Fi on your laptop or desktop computer and you’ll see a host of open and secure wireless networks listed. In this tutorial, we will see how we can manage wireless networks on Windows 10, view driver adapters, view saved network profiles, delete them and so on.

    Now, there is more than one way to manage wireless networks on Windows 10. You can do that via Windows Settings and Control Panel. However, if you want to find the security keys of different Wi-Fi profiles to troubleshoot connectivity issues, you might need to use “Netsh” (Network Shell) commands using the command prompt.

    Netsh WLAN commands can come in very handy if you want to configure and manage wireless networks on a Windows PC. You can view network settings information, diagnose issues and even fix them.

    To launch the command prompt on Windows, you can use Win + X keys or right-click the Windows Start icon and select Windows PowerShell (Admin). If you want to swap the functions of the left and right mouse buttons, read our tutorial.

    View Driver Information of Wireless Adapter

    To get the driver information of your wireless adapter, use the following command:

    This command will tell information about the installed driver, vendor name, version, wireless display support and much more.

    To view all the features supported by your wireless adapter, use the following command:

    View Settings of Wireless Adapter

    If you want to see specific wireless adapter information such as wireless signal, radio type, channel and type of authentication your computer is using, you can use the following command:

    The above command will display settings of all wireless adapter on your computer. If you want to see the settings for one specific wireless adapter, you can use the following command:

    View Wireless Network Profiles saved on your Computer

    Whenever you connect your computer to a wireless network, the operating system creates a network profile and it gets automatically stored in your computer. If you want you can view all these network profiles using the following command:

    The above command shows all the wireless network profiles stored on your computer and you can connect to any of these wireless networks using these network profiles.

    To see the list of profiles for a particular wireless adapter, you can use the following command:

    Delete Wireless Network Profiles stored on your Computer

    When you no longer need to connect to a particular network profile because you have moved somewhere else or that wireless network is no longer available or you need to reset the network profile settings then you can delete that particular network profile. To delete any network profile, use the following command:

    When you delete a wireless network profile using this command, write the name of the profile in place of “Profile_Name”.

    Note: While Windows 10 is capable of syncing your wireless network profile between 2 computers if you use the same Microsoft account on both the computers, it won’t sync the changes you made to wireless network profiles.

    Recover Network Security Key from any Wireless Network Profile

    Using Netsh command, you can recover network security key from any wireless network profile stored on your computer. If you have lost or cannot remember the security key to connect another device to your wireless access point then you can use the following command to recover network security key for any network profile:

    Note: You can view your current network security key through the wireless adapter properties in the control panel.

    Stop Connecting Automatically to a Wireless Network

    We have many times seen that our laptops try to connect to a wireless network which is out of range. Using Netsh commands, we can stop the automatic connection process to those wireless networks which are out of range or those which offer poor connectivity. To stop connecting automatically to a wireless network, use the following command:

    If you choose a network to connect automatically to your system when in range, windows 10 will set that network as a priority. If you want a network to move up in the list of priority networks, use the following command:

    Generate Wireless Adapter Report

    It happens many times that you want to connect to a wireless network access point but you can’t and the worst is you don’t even know the reason for that. Here, Netsh command comes to rescue. If you need to troubleshoot why your system can’t connect to a wireless network access point, you can use the following command:

    This command will generate a troubleshoot report for the wireless adapter so that you can identify the reason for non-connectivity. The above command will generate the troubleshoot report in the following path:

    After the wireless adapter report has been created, open the report. The report will show a graph with connectivity status and many other pieces of information like when the connection started when it got disconnected and errors. It is a very detailed report which also summarizes information about network adapters configured on your computer, success and failure rate, disconnect reasons and many more.

    Export Wireless Network Profiles

    Up to Windows 7, Microsoft allowed importing and exporting of wireless network profiles through the control panel. But in windows 10, Microsoft removed this feature because of the sharing functionality and syncing of Microsoft accounts. However, users can still use this feature using Netsh commands.

    To export all your wireless network profiles, use the following command:

    To export only one wireless network profile, use the following command:

    In this command, you have to specify the name of the network profile you want to export in place of “Profile_Name”.

    This was our guide to managing wireless networks in Windows 10 using the command prompt. To know other Netsh commands, type the following in command prompt and press Enter.

    If you know some other Netsh commands, share them with us in the comments section below. Also, you must not miss our tips on speeding up Windows 10 boot time if you want to enjoy a faster experience on your PC. Feel free to share this article with your followers on Facebook and Twitter.

    How can I clear out all old Wi-Fi profiles on Windows 7? Look for a way to remove wireless networks that no longer worked because their passwords have been changed? In this tutorial we’ll show you different ways to delete wireless network profiles in Windows 10 / 8 / 7, using System Tray, Command Prompt or Registry Editor.

    Method 1: Delete Wireless Network Profile Using System Tray

    Click the wireless network icon in the system tray from the bottom-right corner, and you’ll see a list of wireless networks. Right-click on the network you want to delete, and then select Forget from the pop-up menu.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Now the system will forget the selected network, and it not be able to connect to that Wi-Fi network.

    Method 2: Delete Wireless Network Profile Using Command Prompt

    Open the Command Prompt as administrator and run the following command to get the list of all wireless network profiles stored on your local PC:
    netsh wlan show profiles

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Find the name of the wireless network profile you want to delete, then type the following command to remove it:
    netsh wlan delete profile name=”profile name”

    If you want to remove all the wireless network profiles, simply type:
    netsh wlan delete profile name=*

    Method 3: Delete Wireless Network Profile Using Registry Editor

    1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles
    2. Click each subkey under Profiles, and check the ProfileName value on the right to see if that is the wireless network connection you want to remove. Once you find the subkey, right-click on it and select Delete.

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  • Now, your selected network profile is deleted successfully.
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    After creating a WPA2 Enterprise wireless profile using user credentials, how do you go back into it to make changes such as updating the saved password when the user’s password expires?

    I can’t find any way to make any changes to existing manually configured wireless profiles. The only option I see if to remove the profile and set it up again from scratch. These profiles have many more options to configure than just a saved password, so it is a pain to recreate the profile simply to update the password.

    In Windows 7, you can go into network and sharing center, manage wireless networks, find the wireless profile and simply click on it to open it up to make changes.

    Its pretty much the same way. You can get to Network and Sharing from the icon in the taskbar.

    Press Windows + X

    Select Control Panel

    Change View by to Small / Large Icons

    Click on Network and Sharing Centre

    Select your network connection (highlighted)

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    Click on Manage Wireless and you should be off and running.

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    Have you checked permission on profiles$\User folder?

    You can also verify registry entry HKLM\Software\wow6432Node\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList for any temp profile (x64 OS)

    EDIT – HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList (x32 OS)

    The only way you can do this in Windows 10 is by the NETSH WLAN command line tools. Here’s an article that might help:

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Is your Wi-Fi list filled and you need to add a new network? If that’s the case, you’ll be looking to clear up some space to add a new network, as your Windows 10 device only saves a certain number of networks. Besides this, there is even a threat that a dormant network that appears to be a public connection might steal your data. Though not so easy but it is not impossible. Well, this could happen to any device and nearly every platform. Windows is the most vulnerable among all and keeping this in view we are here to explain a few methods on how you could delete saved Windows 10 Wi-Fi networks.

    Deleting Saved Windows 10 Wi-Fi Networks:

    The Basic Method: The easiest and basic way to remove a network from the Wi-Fi list is that click on the network icon shown on the right corner of the screen which will pop-up a list of networks associated or available. Find the network from the list you want to delete and click and hold it for a couple of seconds or simply right-click it to open a drop-down menu. From the menu, click forget which will delete the connection.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    This option is applicable as long as your device is in the range of the network to be deleted. Else it will not show the network in that list.

    From the Network Settings: If the basic method does not work, you will have to go through this option. All you have to do is that click the network icon in the notification area of the start menu bar or the system tray. That would be on the bottom right corner of the screen unless you have changed the orientation. A menu would pop-up showing all the available networks and the basic Wi-Fi controls.

    Right above the controls is the Network Settings. Click it open and it will take you to the Networks and Internet window. There you would see the networks once again, scroll down and click on Manage Wi-Fi Settings just below the Advanced Options. A new window will open with the options for Paid Services and Manage Known Networks.

    From the Manage Known Networks, click on the network you wish to delete. A menu would appear in the bottom with Share and Forget options. Click Forget and that network would be deleted from the library.

    Deleting Network using Settings App: Another method that you could use to delete the network is from the Settings App. Open the Settings App and choose Network & Internet option that should be on the left side of all other options. From the Network & Internet window, choose Wi-Fi, shown just beneath the status. From there, click on the Manage Known Networks which will open up the list of all the connected and available networks. Find the network you want to delete, and if you are unable to find it, use the Search This List filter to find it immediately. Next, click on the appeared network and choose to Forget which will remove the network.

    Expert and Old Options: If you had been using Windows 8 for long or want to go using the old techniques, you may delete the network using this method. Open the Command Prompt as the administrator. Well, you will have to search for the Command Prompt from the Start menu as it is known shown in the apps. Once the Command Prompt is open, enter “netsh wlan show profiles” which in result will bring a list of all the connected and remembered networks saved with the profile names. Find the profile you want to delete. Suppose the profile name of the network is Alexander4217, then you have to enter the command: netsh wlan delete profile name=“Alexander4217”.

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    How do I delete or remove old saved networks on my computer?

    This article applies to all series products on all firmware versions.

    Overview:

    Most Windows and Mac OSX computers will automatically save the wireless network it has connected to for quick/automatic connection to that network the next time you are in range of that wireless network. The user, you, can also tell the computer to save your network and automatically reconnect.

    If you change any of the WiFi settings in the router, ie- SSID, WiFi Channel, Security Mode, your computer will need to update the settings for your network. If your network is saved in the computer, it will complain when you attempt to reconnect to router because the network settings have now changed. For you to reconnect to your network after the router changes, you must delete your old network so your computer can update the settings for the router as it stands now. Here’s how you do this:

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    WINDOWS XP –

    1. Click on the Start Menu and select Control Panel
    2. Click Network Connections, right-click on Wireless Network Connections
    3. Now select View Available Wireless Network Connections
    4. Click the Change Order of Preferred Networkson the left hand side on the box
    5. Go to the Wireless Networks tab, find your wireless network, left-click on the network (it will highlight it) and click Remove.

    WINDOWS VISTA –

    1. Open the Start Menu and then Control Panel
    2. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center
    3. Click Manage Wireless Networks on the left hand side
    4. Find your network in the list, right click it, and select Remove Network.

    WINDOWS 7 –

    1. Open the Start Menu and then Control Panel
    2. Click Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing Center
    3. Click Manage Wireless Networks on the left hand side
    4. Find your network in the list, right click it, and select Remove Network.

    WINDOWS 8-

    1. Open the list of WiFi Networks
    2. Right click on the network, and select Forget Network

    MAC OS –

    1. Open System Preferences and then Network
    2. Click Airport, then Advanced
    3. Select the network you want to remove and press the ( — ) minus button

    Now you should be able to connect to your router/network.

    When you connect to a wireless network in Windows 10, the operating system creates a profile for that connection, in which it stores information like the network name (or SSID), the password, and the type of encryption that it uses. When you travel a lot, Windows 10 may end up storing lots of WiFi networks, so that it can easily connect to them the next time you are in the same area(s). However, some wireless networks may change their settings, and you cannot connect using their old profile stored by Windows 10. Here is how to solve this problem and forget a network in Windows 10:

    NOTE: This guide was created using Windows 10 May 2019 Update. If you are using a different version of Windows 10, things may look a bit different. However, the steps involved should be the same. If you do not know what Windows 10 version you have, read: How to check the Windows 10 version, OS build, edition, or type.

    Method 1. How to forget a network in Windows 10, using the Wi-Fi menu from the system tray

    If the wireless network that you want to forget is in your area, and your Windows 10 laptop or tablet displays it as a network you can connect to, click or tap the Wi-Fi button from the bottom-right corner of the taskbar. This opens the list of networks available in your area.

    In the list of available wireless networks, locate the one that you want to forget. It can also be the wireless network that you are connected to. Right-click (or press-and-hold) on the name of the network that you want to remove. In the contextual menu that is shown, choose the Forget option.

    That network is immediately removed from Windows 10, and the operating system no longer knows how to connect to it. To connect again to the network that you removed, read: How to connect to WiFi from Windows 10.

    Method 2. How to forget a network in Windows 10, from the Settings app

    Another way to forget a WiFi network in Windows 10 involves using the Settings app. Open the Settings by clicking on its shortcut from the Start Menu or by pressing the Windows + I keys on the keyboard. Inside the Settings app, go to “Network & Internet.”

    In the column on the left, go to Wi-Fi, and on the right, click or tap “Manage known networks.”

    Now you can manage all the networks that are known to Windows 10. You can see the complete list of all the WiFi networks that Windows 10 has stored to help you quickly reconnect to them, when you are in their area of coverage. Scroll through the list to find the wireless network that you want to delete or forget. If the list is too long, you can also search for that network by entering its name (or just a part of it) in the “Search this list” field. Once you find the WiFi network that you want to forget, click or tap on its name, and then on the Forget button.

    Windows 10 immediately removes the wireless network from the list of known networks. If there are other networks that you want Windows 10 to forget, repeat this procedure. When you are done, close the Settings app.

    Method 3. How to forget a network in Windows 10, using PowerShell or Command Prompt

    You can also remove a wireless network profile stored by Windows 10 using commands in Command Prompt or PowerShell. Run PowerShell as administrator (or the Command Prompt) and type the following command: netsh wlan show profiles.

    The command displays all the wireless network profiles stored by Windows 10. The list can be long if you have connected to many WiFi networks.

    Identify the name of the wireless network profile that you want to remove, and then type the following command to remove it: netsh wlan delete profile name=”WiFi network name”

    You should replace “WiFi network name” with the actual name of the network that you want to remove from Windows 10. Do not forget to press Enter, so that the command is executed. In an instant, Windows 10 tells you that the network profile is deleted from the Wi-Fi interface.

    Feeling geeky, aren’t you? 🙂

    Method 4. How to forget all networks in Windows 10

    In some situations, you may want to remove all the wireless network profiles known by your Windows 10 laptop or device. Luckily, you do not have to remove each network profile one by one. That would be awful. Instead, all you have to do is open the Command Prompt or PowerShell as administrator. Then, type this command and press Enter: netsh wlan delete profile name=* i=*.

    Windows 10 deletes all the network profiles that it knows, in an instant. If you are connected to a WiFi network, your computer or device disconnects from it. From now on, all the wireless networks are unknown to Windows 10.

    NOTE: The netsh command has many other parameters besides the ones we discussed in this article. If you want to learn more about it, we recommend you to read: Netsh Commands for Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN).

    IMPORTANT: Forgetting a network does not mean that Windows 10 is going to stop discovering it

    While updating this guide with new information and new screenshots, we noticed that some people believe that once you set Windows 10 to forget a network, that network is not going to show up in the list of available WiFi networks that you can connect to.

    That is not true. Forgetting a network means that Windows 10 stops storing its connection details, and it no longer automatically tries to connect to it, each time you are in its area of coverage. As long as the forgotten network is in your area, it is going to show up in the list of WiFi networks that Windows 10 can connect to.

    Which method do you like best for removing a network in Windows 10?

    These are the methods that we know for removing WiFi networks in Windows 10. We hope this guide is useful for you and, if you know other ways to delete network profiles in Windows 10, do not hesitate to share them with us, using the form below. We promise to update this article so that other people can also benefit from it.

    When we generally connect to a WiFi network, we don’t really pay much heed to the WiFi password and thus, we tend to forget it over time. Yes, we have all been there but that doesn’t really matter because we are connected to the WiFi network, right? However, what if the WiFi connection starts acting up and there’s a need to forget the network and reconnect it again from scratch. Also, you might need to share the password with a friend of yours. While you could always remember a WiFi password by heart or jot it down somewhere, Windows offers you a more elegant solution. Windows 10 (and previous iterations of Windows) lets you view saved WiFi passwords with ease. Here’s how to do it:

    View Password of current WiFi network

    If you want to know the password of the WiFi network you are currently connected to, you can do it easily with Windows 10:

    1. Right click on the Start menu button and go to “Network Connections“.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    2. In the Network Connections page, right click on “Wireless Network Connection”and click “Status”.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    3. Then, go to “Wireless Properties”. In the Wireless Properties dialog box, go to the “Security” tab and check “Show characters” to see the WiFi network’s password.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    View Password of previously connected WiFi networks

    If you want to know the passwords of WiFi networks that you previously connected to, you can do too on Windows 10:

    1. Right click on the Start menu button and open up “Command Prompt (Admin)”.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    2. In Command Prompt, first type the command “netsh wlan show profiles” (without the quotes) and press Enter, to get a list of all the WiFi networks you’ve ever connected to.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    3. Then, type the command “netsh wlan show profile name=NetworkName key=clear” and press Enter to get details of the WiFi network. Don’t forget to replace NetworkName with the name of the WiFi network, whose password you want to know.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    4. After you have entered the command, you will find the WiFi network’s password in “Key content“.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Check WiFi passwords with ease on Windows 10

    Chances are, you have been surprised at how easy it is to view saved WiFi passwords in Windows 10. Well, you are welcome! So, start viewing your WiFi passwords and do let us know, if you come across any issues with the process. Sound off in the comments section below.

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    after i type the last commands on the command prompt, the key doesn’t appear. why?

    Windows 10 will be launched in 2015 and I’m sure it’s going to be a big hit because of its user-friendly interface and additional features. Currently Windows 10 technical preview is available for testing purposes and you can Install it via USB on your PC if your PC meets Windows 10 requirements. Windows 10 technical preview is a beta version and betas always have bugs and problems in them. Although Microsoft is improving Windows 10 TP day by day by sending consistent updates, but there are still chances of errors in it. This technical preview is very much stable and I’m using it from the date of launch, currently my PC is running the latest build i.e. 9879 and it’s working just like an original copy.

    It’s stable and any home user can use this version of Windows 10 but I’m having some problems with its Wfi connectivity. I’ve three different Wifi connection at my workplace and two of them don’t connect to my laptop with ease and show this of error “can’t connect to the network”, I need to forget those Wifi networks and when I reconnect with those forgotten networks again, they connect successfully. In Windows 8.1 it was easy to forget a saved network but Windows 10’s PC Settings and Wifi connectivity screens aren’t embedded in the taskbar; so it’s a bit difficult to find and forget the saved Wifi network.

    This tutorial will help you to forget the Wifi network and connect with it again; just follow the below steps:

    Step 1: Click on the Wifi networks icon available in the taskbar.

    Step 2: A window will pop out, click on “Network settings” icon and another separate window will open, that will show settings for your Wifi network.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Step 3: In the “Network settings” window you’ll find the the option to manage wifi settings, click on it.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Step 4: Under “Manage Wi-Fi Settings” window, scroll to the bottom and you’ll get a list of all available saved Wifi networks, click your desired one and click the “Forget” button.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Step 5: To reconnect to that forgotten network, go back to “connections” tab and click on “Wifi” and save password for that forgotten network again.

    It’s a simple solution you can try in case of Wifi connectivity issues, but remember if you forget a network, its password will be removed and you’ve to enter the password again to connect with that network. If you’re using someone else’s Wifi and don’t know its password then do not forget the network, otherwise you’ll have to request that person for the password again.

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    Thanks a lot ! Really helped me. Just installed windows 10.

    This is an extremely annoying change from windows 7 if you deal with networks that frequently change their passwords. I just spent an hour trying to figure out how to do this since it is no longer available via a simple right click. Way more work! Also hard to figure it out when you can’t get an internet connection to find the solution and Windows own search menu can’t even direct you to the Forget option.

    this was really helpful for wifi setting thankyou

    When someone asked me online “how do I change my wifi password in Windows 10”, two questions came into my mind: You change the router password so that you want to change your wifi password in Windows 10 laptop to build the connection? Or you just need to reset the router wifi password for all connected devices again? The answers to two questions are totally different. Considering this, we will show you how to change wifi password on laptop windows 10 from two aspects.

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    Part 1: Change the saved wifi password on Laptop Windows 10

    If you are informed that the wifi password is changed, you need to build the connection again. Otherwise, you cannot access to the network. How can you change the saved wifi password on laptop Windows 10 and connect to wifi with new password? You can follow the steps to make it done.

    Step 1: Open Windows 10 settings and click on Network & Internet.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Step 2: Select WiFi option on the left side and choose “Manage known networks”.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Step 3: Here, you will get all the previous WiFi networks that you have ever connected to. Just click the one that you want to change the password.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Step 4: Choose the Forget option.

    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    Step 5: After that, you can go to the desktop and check the network connection in the bottom right corner. Click your wireless network and enter the new password (network security key) to build the network connection.

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    Part 2: Change the router wireless network password on Windows 10

    We hardly change the router wireless network. But if you really need to do it, you can change the wifi password of your router with the help of Windows 10 laptop, you can make it done easily.

    Step 1: Log in to the router as an administrator.

    First of all, you need to make sure that your Windows 10 laptop is connected to the router and get the IP address of the router. The router default address is various, such as 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.2.1. You can find it on the manual book which comes from the router. Or you can use the command line: ipconfig to get the default gateway.

    After that, you can open a web browser, such as Google Chrome, to build the connection to the router with the IP address. After that, use the administrative login information to sign in the router.

    Step 2: Access wireless network settings.

    Once you login the router interface, you are provided a series of details. You need to find the Wireless or WLAN settings. In that page, you are able to change the wireless network password.

    Step 3: Change the wifi password.

    In the wireless setting part, you can check the encryption type and change the security key (password). At last, click the Save button to save the changes.

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    Once you change the wifi password or the router, you need to enter the new password again to reconnect the wireless network on all your devices.

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    How to Remove a Saved Wireless Network on Windows 10

    How to find WiFi password on Windows 10? If you forgot your WiFi password, you can follow the 4 steps in this post to view saved WiFi password on Windows 10 with ease. For better computer management, MiniTool software provides your free data recovery software, hard disk partition manager, system back and restore software, etc.

    If you’ve connected your computer to WiFi, but forgot the saved password of the WiFi network, how to find WiFi password on Windows 10? You can follow the 4 steps below to easily view the saved WiFi password on Windows 10 from Settings. Some other ways to check the WiFi password on Windows are also introduced for your reference. In the last part of this tutorial, you can also learn how to change WiFi password on Windows 10.

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    Step 1. Open Network & Internet Settings Window

    You can click Start -> Settings to open Windows Settings screen.

    Then click Network & Internet to open Network & Internet settings window.

    Tip: You can also right-click the Internet icon at the right-bottom corner of the toolbar to open Network & Internet settings window.

    Step 2. Open Network and Sharing Center

    Then you can click Status in the left column. Generally it is selected by default.

    Scroll down in the right column to find Network and Sharing Center, and click it.

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    Step 3. Open Wireless Network Properties

    Next click Change adapter options in the left pane.

    Right-click your WiFi network and select Status option.

    Click Properties icon in the popup WiFi status window to open Network Properties window.

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    Step 4. View Saved WiFi Password on Windows 10

    Then you can click Security tab. You can see your WiFi password is in the Network security key box, but it is displayed and hidden with black dot.

    You can click Show characters box under the password to find and check your saved WiFi password on your Windows 10 computer.

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    If you haven’t changed the login information of your router, you can find WiFi password on Windows 10 from your router’s website.

    Step 1. Open Command Prompt on Windows 10. You can press Windows + R, type cmd and hit Enter to access Windows Command Prompt screen.

    Step 2. Next you can type ipconfig in Command Prompt, and hit Enter to check your IP configurations.

    Step 3. Copy the IP address displayed after Default Gateway. Paste the IP address in your browser to open your router’s website.

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    Step 4. Enter your username and password (different from the password you connect to your network, it may be “password” or “admin” if you haven’t changed it.) Then find the WiFi password on your router’s documentation.

    This way works only if you haven’t changed the default login details. If you’ve made some changes, you can reset the router by holding the Reset button for more than 10 seconds, and the default login information would be valid again.

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    If you want to change WiFi password on Windows 10 in some situations like making the password stronger. You can follow the steps below.

    Step 1. Log into your router. You can press Windows + R, type cmd, and hit Enter to open Command Prompt. Then type ipconfig and hit Enter. Check you IP address next to Default Gateway. Copy and paste the IP address in your browser. Then type your username and password to log in your router.

    Step 2. After you logged in, you can locate the Wireless or WLAN section, and find the Security Key Type to change your WiFi password on Windows 10.

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    Now hope you’ve found your WiFi password on Windows 10 and can easily change WiFi password on Windows 10 when needed.

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    I have set a GPO to automatically connect to a new network, but the laptops will not automatically connect to it unless the user manually disconnects their connection to the old network

    How can we automate removing known network from laptops so they no longer automatically connect to that network when they are in range.

    We would like to create a GPO that looks at the list of saved wireless networks on the wireless profiles and if a specific SSID was saved, delete it.

    The old network name was manually added to each laptop and the new network is added via GPO,

    The old network is not going to stop broadcasting until the new network has been up for a few weeks.

    If I remember correctly I deployed a script to do this:

    this might help

    Adding wireless profile: (you should be able to change that to remove)

    So did you setup VLAN 20 as tagged on all the POE switches as well?

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    If I remember correctly I deployed a script to do this:

    How would the script get applied via GPO though?

    A startup script requires the laptop to be connected to the network during bootup and a login script may require user admin rights and will popup a command window when they sign in that may prompt help desk calls.

    Many laptop users don’t restart or sign into their laptops while on the LAN and are only waking and unlocking their laptops 90% of the time and would not have the opportunity to use startup or logon scripts anyways.

    Well, you could enforce this via remote command execution, e.g. PDQ tools, then you remove it actively instead of a GPO

    IF you want them to be restricted to only one SSID, you need to implement the equivalent of (but in XML format):

    Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Wireless Networks (802.11) Policies

    Then where you would make a new policy for Windows Vista or later, in the Network Permissions tab, you need the options ticked for ‘Prevent connections to ad-hoc networks’ and ‘Prevent connections to infrastructure networks’. With both of these settings in place they will only be able to connect to the networks stipulated in your config. I don’t know how to do it in the xml but someone here probably will.

    Then you don’t have to worry about removing networks you don’t like, it will all happen automatically.

    Typically users have the ability to modify wireless networks. So you should not get a UAC prompt. You can always test the command I posted.

    If you did a computer policy it would not require any user to be logged in, nor would it prompt UAC because GPOs get executed with elevated privileges.

    We’ve had the problem where some users (for god knows what reason) connect their work laptop to our guest wifi even though every laptop is configured for our office wifi already. Our guest wifi is segregated from the rest of our networks, for obvious reasons, and so when they decide to hop on the guest wifi, the laptop tries to connect to DirectAccess which does work. but its painfully slow because of the bandwidth limits we put on the guest wifi.
    Anyway, the problem got bad enough this week that I just made a PDQ Inventory collection checking for our guest SSID in the registry and if it find it, it automatically kicks off a PDQ Deploy package that runs the netsh command to delete the wifi profile and a powershell script to remove it from the registry. It’s a quick and dirty script, but I can put it up here if it would help.

    As always, I would strongly recommend PDQ software for this and sooo many other uses. That software has saved my team thousands of hours of work over the past few years.

    Also invoke-command with a foreach loop in PS would do the trick

    IF you want them to be restricted to only one SSID, you need to implement the equivalent of (but in XML format):

    Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Wireless Networks (802.11) Policies

    Then where you would make a new policy for Windows Vista or later, in the Network Permissions tab, you need the options ticked for ‘Prevent connections to ad-hoc networks’ and ‘Prevent connections to infrastructure networks’. With both of these settings in place they will only be able to connect to the networks stipulated in your config. I don’t know how to do it in the xml but someone here probably will.

    Then you don’t have to worry about removing networks you don’t like, it will all happen automatically.

    We don’t want to restrict the users to connecting to only a single SSID. We don’t want to wipe out their saved home network SSIDs etc..

    We just want to to force some of our laptops to forget the specific network SSID that we are about to migrate away from, so that we have an automated pilot group of users who will connect to the new SSID without any manual steps on their end before we disable the old SSID.

    Logon and startup scripts will be ineffective due to most users not regularly logging on or restarting their laptops while on the LAN.

    We don’t have PDQ. Can we use a GPO to run the command to forget the SSID as a scheduled task so we don’t have to depend on startup or login scripts?