How To Recover WiFi Password In Windows 7

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Consider a scenario in which you have configured Windows 7 home PC with your Wi-Fi router, gave a network security key for getting connected to internet. We assume that you have made WPA Network (Wi-Fi Protected Access). After few months you bring in a laptop, and try to connect to your Wi-Fi Network for accessing internet. But unfortunately you forgot the Password (Network Security Key) that you have used to setup the Wi-Fi network, and to make situation worse you don’t even have the admin login of Router.

Your home PC doesn’t ask for Security Key as Windows remembers the password you used the first time when successfully connected to Wi-Fi network, and remembers the network automatically. So there is a quick way to dig this passoword embedded somewhere in your home PC. Lets fish it out.

1. On your Home PC that successfully connects to your Wi-Fi Network, click on the Wi-Fi Network Icon on the taskbar.

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2. Right-click on your wireless network connection and click “Properties”.

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3. In the Wireless Network Properties, click on “Security” tab. This is where Windows stores the WiFi password.

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4.  To make the password readable, check the box “Show Characters” and voila your Network Key is readable!

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • girl18

    Thanks!! Very helpful 🙂

  • thevsr

    Thank you! My phone had lost the wifi password and it was a bunch of random characters and I couldn’t reset it… THANKS!

  • Peko

    I Dont Have The Icon In First Picture…It’s The Same Icon That A Screen With A Cable?

  • Suzanne Shaw

    Thank YOU!!! EASY PEASY!!!

  • Modrem

    Works Perfectly, Thanks a million!!

  • thanks 🙂

  • Shukla Sudhanshu

    thanks

  • Iadv6995

    so how do i recover password useing 7-zip?

  • Craptorvalds

    Excelent thank you !!!!!

  • Kartic Kumar

    Thank you very much for the detailed explanation

  • BRIAN

    NOT USEFUL. COULD NOT ACCESS THE STEPS YOU DESCRIBED.

  • MMS

    This didn’t work. When I click, “show characters” the information deletes itself. So, it must be protected.

  • Authenticself

    thanks so much

  • Ajarkhalid

    how to download it

  • guest

    thnxxxxxxxxxxx a lottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
    i was searching dis since agesssssssssssss

  • Me

    This does not work for WPA-2-Enterprise connections, which appear unable to be read…
    But for normal connections it works fine, just weird that they didn’t implement WPA-2-Enterprise, as especially in such environments getting a new password takes a lot of efford and time, cause you got to find the person responsible for the network and he has to have time, which usually, they don’t as they are busy running the network…