What Was That Password Again? Recover Your Network Password in Windows

What Was That Password Again? Here's How to Recover Your Network Password Using Windows

It happens to the best of us: we create a network password for our home router and then we forget it. Then you have a friend over or get a new gadget that you need to connect to your WiFi, and you just can’t remember the password to save your life.

In times likes these, you may be wondering the best way to recover your network password without having to reset your router. If you’re using Windows, here is an easy way for you to find out your existing network password.

You see that Network icon in your Windows taskbar? You’ll need to right-click on that and click on “Open Network and Sharing Center.”

Right click on the Network icon to get started.

In the Control Panel window that opens up, click on “Change adapter settings” in the left column. In the next window, right-click the “Wireless Network Connection” option and then click on “Status.”

In your wireless network properties, show characters to see your network password.

Now you should see a Wireless Network Connection Status window. Click on “Wireless Properties” and go to the Security tab. Finally, check the box next to “show characters” and you should now see your network password.

via Tech-Recipes

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  1. Thanks for the tip. I knows about it.

  2. On Linux, you may be able to find the password here: /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/

    1. Thanks Bjarnovikus!

  3. Linux, being a bit more secure than Windows, stores all password only in an encrypted form. The only way to recover the router password is to reset the router to factory settings. Then use the default password provided by the router manufacturer to access it and re-do the entire setup, including a new password.

    1. Oh? Try this:
      grep psk= /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections/*

      1. I have tried it and keep trying. All I find is an empty folder. Maybe it is distro specific?

        1. Wish I could help, but I’m not familiar with this process on Linux.

  4. Well, Now e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e knows how to access your network’s password!

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    1. Well, thank you very much :)

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