Intro

In this guide we will use the Windows tool NETSH to retrieve the clear text password for a wireless network we have previously connected to.

Displaying a list of previously connected wireless networks

  • Open a command prompt window
  • Run netsh wlan show profile to get a list of wireless networks the computer has been connected to.

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Displaying the wireless networks password in clear text

You will be able to display the passwords for the networks under the “User profiles” section as a user, for anything else you will need to use an administrative command prompt.

  • Open command prompt window
  • Run netsh wlan show profile <ssid> key=clear
  • Scroll down to the “Security settings” section to find the password in the “Key content” field. If you can’t see “Key content” you may need to try again with an administrative command prompt.

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Author: Phil Eddies

I am an IT Operations Manager, managing all aspects of the IT infrastructure and service for a mid sized UK based company. I have been working full time in IT since 2001 in 1st to 3rd line and System Administration roles. MCSA, MCSE, CCNA, Citrix CCA