You may have connected to a Wi-Fi network on your Windows computer/laptop many moons ago, but you have forgotten what the password is! Unfortunately you’ve tried the password on the modem/router sticker but to no avail. You can’t even get into your modem/router settings via the network anyway! Someone (or yourself) must have changed it since then… What is one to do? Well don’t lose hope as all the password information you require is actually stored on your trusty Windows computer! Don’t believe us? Try it out for yourself following the instructions below!
How to locate your Wi-Fi password to a current network in Windows 7/8/8.1/10
For our example, we have used Windows 10.
From the Windows taskbar, right click internet connection icon.
Select Network and Internet Settings.
In the Network and Internet Settings application, select Network and Sharing Center under the Change your network settings section.
You are taken to the Network and Sharing Center. Select the live Wi-Fi connection.
In the Wi-Fi status pop up dialog box, select Wireless Properties.
The Wireless Network Properties dialog box appears. Select the Security tab.
In the Security tab, tick the check box Show Characters to reveal the Wi-Fi password.
You will now see the Wi-Fi password shown in the text box next to Network security key.
How to find Wi-Fi passwords to Wi-Fi networks your computer has connected to in the past
Find other Wi-Fi network passwords in Windows 8/8.1/10
The newer versions of Windows have made it more difficult to locate the passwords for other Wi-Fi networks. You wonder why they would do this? Odd eh? Newer versions of applications are supposed to make our lives easier! Harumph! Oh well… onwards to the instructions.
From your Windows desktop, navigate to the Start menu.
Click on the Command Prompt application or you can search for it in the menu.
Type in the following command in Command Prompt and press the Enter key:
netsh wlan show profiles
All the Wi-Fi networks you’ve accessed in the past will appear.
To find a password for one of the profiles listed enter in:
netsh wlan show profile name=profilename key=clear
For example, we want to see further details about CloudBT-Guest. You would enter in…
netsh wlan show profile name=CloudBT-Guest key=clear
In the information presented, the Wi-Fi password will appear next to ‘Key Content’ under Security Settings.
Find previous Wi-Fi network passwords in Windows 7
For Windows 7, the process is relatively simple by comparison to Windows 8 & 10.
Navigate to the Windows Start Menu.
Select Control Panel from the Start menu.
In Control Panel, click Network and Internet. You would view the layout in the example below by changing the ‘View by’ configuration to Categories.
Select Network and Sharing Center.
In Network and Sharing Center, click on Manage wireless networks.
A list of Wi-Fi networks you have connected to in the past appear. Right click a Wi-Fi network you want the password of and select Properties from the drop down. Alternatively, you can simply double click the Wi-Fi network with your mouse.
The Wireless Network properties for that Wi-Fi network shows up, navigate to the Security tab.
In the Security tab, tick the checkbox Show Characters under Network security key.
The password will appear in the text field next to Network security key.