Introduction: How to Recover Lost/Forgotten WiFi Passwords in Windows
This tutorial will show you how to find the password to previously used WiFi networks on your own personal machine in Windows.
Steps 1-3 are used to find the password on a Windows machine.
Step 1: Open Command Prompt or PowerShell (Windows)
Locate the Start Menu on your desktop, click on the search bar, and type "cmd". Open the Command Prompt.
Note: If you cannot find the start menu, press the Windows key and R key at the same time, then type “cmd” and press Enter instead. Windows PowerShell can also be used with the following steps.
Step 2: Find Remembered Networks (Windows)
In the Command Prompt, type “netsh wlan show profiles” and then press Enter. You will retrieve a list of known and previously connected network names. You can right click in Command Prompt or PowerShell to paste the command from your clipboard.
Step 3: Get Network Password (Windows)
Type “netsh wlan show profiles name=”NETWORK” key=clear” and press Enter.
The password for the chosen network will now be shown under “Security Settings” next to “Key Content”. You can right click in Command Prompt or PowerShell to paste the command from your clipboard.
HINT: replace NETWORK above with the name of chosen network from your list in the previous step.
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