So you’re connected to a wireless network but have no idea which password you used to get on. What are you supposed to do?
Fortunately, Windows has a feature that helps you do exactly this – although it’s not as easy to find as you might think.
Today, I’m going to show you how to use simple commands to recover your Wi-Fi password in Windows.
First, let’s start by explaining that yes, it’s possible to retrieve your Wi-Fi password on Windows. When you connect to a network, that password is stored in the network settings of that particular network. The real trick is finding those network settings.
Here’s how to do it:
Step 1) Press Windows Key + R to open the Run command box
Step 2) Type ncpa.cpl into the text field, then click Ok and you should see all of your network connections
Step 3) Right click on your network connection and click Status from the context menu
Step 4) Click on Wireless Properties from the window that opens and you’ll see Network security key under the Security tab.
Step 5) Your password is hidden by default, so you need to press the “Show Characters” button to reveal all the characters in your password.
Alternately, Use Wireless Password Finding Software
Don’t want to go through the easy steps listed above? That’s okay. There are other easy ways to recover your Wi-Fi password after you’re already logged on.
Just Google “wifi password finding software” and you should find plenty of options.
One free and easy password finding software is called WirelessKeyView, which does exactly as the name suggests and can be downloaded here from the official website.
The program lists all of your network passwords you’ve ever used (at least the ones that are saved on your computer). It’s a quick and easy utility that works on all versions of Windows.