Manage wireless networks in Windows 8

Microsoft removed the tool to manage wireless networks in Windows 8.  This was a useful tool for setting the priority for which access point to connect to first, and was often required if you change the security type for your wireless network. The only way to manage wireless networks now is to do it from the command prompt.  Here’s how to do it:

Open a run box window (or press win+R) then type cmd to open Windows 8 command prompt.

To see stored wireless profiles, type:

netsh wlan show profiles

This will show a list of saved profiles of your connected WLAN devices. Then you’ll need to write/save/memorize the profile name that you want to change.

To see the stored key (WPA/WEP/etc) of a specific profile:

netsh wlan show profiles name=[profile name] key=clear

You’ll find the key content under security settings.

To delete a stored profile:

netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name]

This will delete the stored profile of every WLAN interface. If you want to delete the profile of a specific WLAN interface, you need to use the following:

netsh wlan delete profile name=[profile name] interface=[interface name]

This is a good alternative to perform the common actions for “Manage Wireless Network” avoiding to use third party software under Windows 8.

To set priorities, use:

netsh wlan set profileorder name="network_name" interface="interface_name" priority=1

Where the network name is the name of the wireless network, the interface name is the name of the adapter (you can find this through netsh wlan show profiles), and the priority is the order in the list (note that when you set priority=1 you “push” the current first priority network down to #2).

There are also other functions through netsh wlan, just type netsh wlan /? to see them all.

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