How to Backup/Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 7/8

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 15, 2014

In case that you have more than one Wireless network in the house, it may be a tough job to remember all matched usernames and passwords correctly. However, if you have all wireless profile backup on the desktop or on an external device, like a USB drive, you can retrieve them anytime. A guide below will walk you through what needs to be done step by step.

Steps to backup wireless profiles

1. Tap Win + Q to bring up search box in Windows 8, type command prompt in the search box and select it from the search result. For windows 7 users, click Start -> Accessories -> Command Prompt subsequently.



2. The command prompt window will open up accordingly. Copy and paste the command netsh wlan show profiles will display all stored profiles on the system. To backup all of them, including profile and password, type the command netsh wlan export profile key=clear folder=%UserProfile%\Desktop.



Tips: In case that you wish to save the profile only, without the password, you can enter the command netsh wlan export profile folder=%UserProfile%\Desktop instead. Also, by typing “%UserProfile%\Desktop” in the command line, the file will be backup on the desktop. If you want to save the wireless profile in other place, just replace %UserProfile%\Desktop with its path.


Steps to restore wireless profiles

That’s to say, after you have the saved wireless profiles saved either on the computer or other external devices, you can follow the steps below to restore them if you don’t remember what you have setup earlier.

Follow the steps mentioned above to access Command Prompt in Windows 7/8 respectively. To restore the saved profiles to current user, type netsh wlan add profile filename=”c:\wifi\profilename.xml” user=current in the command box.


Or, you may want to make the profile available for all users on the PC. If it is the case, enter netsh wlan add profile filename=”c:\wifi\profilename.xml” user=all instead.

Tips: Make sure you get the path of saved files correctly to take effect the changes.

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