How to Restore your forgotten wireless password

Many users tend to forget their wireless network passwords or network keys, and since they may have changed it the default once they had would not work. Fortunately, many of us are already connected to the same wireless network (while we’ve forgotten the network key) to connect new devices. Wireless network password can easily be retrieved if it was saved previously and you are currently connected to the same network.

In this guide, i will walk you trough the steps with which you can view the network key. This method works for Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10. In order to reveal the wireless network password make sure you are the ‘Local Administrator’ of your operating system or else you will be prompted by UAC for the administrative credentials. So if you are not the admin; logout and login as admin.

Restore Wireless Network Key or Password

First step is to get to the settings of the Network Adapter. Hold the Windows key and Press R to open run dialog.

Win Key + R (simultaneously)

Then type ncpa.cpl in the run dialog.

You will be presented with the all the network adapters in your operating system. Right-click on the Wireless adapter and select Status from the pull down menu.

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Wi-Fi Status dialog with it’s status and a few buttons will pop up. Choose Wireless Properties then,

Navigate to the Security tab. Put a check on Show characters box to see the stored password.

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If you are trying to connect a printer, or another media device that requires specifying the encryption type then the one shown in the settings should be used.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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