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View Wi-Fi Password in Windows 10 without external application

by John Bhatt


In Windows 7 and Windows 8, we have ability to view the password of Saved Wi-Fi profile from control panel directly. But Microsoft has made these setting more secure in Windows 10. Mostly this situation arises when our administrator put password of Wireless network in our system but we need to view password to put in our another device.

Without wasting any time, lets move to procedure. We can get this done through Microsoft DOS only if we do not intend to use any external application.

Step 1: Open Microsoft DOS by any method.

  • CMD or Command in Run Box.
  • Type cmd or command in start menu search box.
  • Tell Cortana to open “command prompt” for you.
  • Press Windows + X to open quick menu and press C or click on Command Prompt. You can also right click on Start button to get quick menu.

Step 2: First know what is the name of your Wi-Fi network SSID (profile name) by putting following command in dos. This command will list all the profiles saved. When you will hit enter key after the code, you will get profiles listed as in below snapshot. Names will be different based on your admin has set.

netsh wlan show profiles

View Wi-Fi password in Windows 10

Step 3: Now you have list of Wireless Network those are saved in your system and you can see the within range profile in your device when you go to Wi-Fi settings page. Now run below command to get password of your network profile.

netsh wlan show profile name=“ProfileName” key=clear

Replace ProfileName from the list which is displayed by code in Step 2. You will get results like in below screen after replacing the profile name field.

Wi-Fi password list

You will get the security key (password) listed as Key content in Security settings sections as we have highlighted the result for our query.

Detailed documentation and source: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows-8/manage-wireless-network-profiles

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