Windows stores all the wifi passwords for that machines connections in plain text. You can use the Command Line to view any of these passwords in plain text. This can be useful for recovering wifi passwords. Two commands are all it takes to dump the wifi password for your requested network.

1. Open up the Command Prompt

You can either search for command line in the windows search bar or open using windows run. To do this press Windows Key + R and then type cmd.exe and then press “okay”.

2. Type “netsh wlan show profile” into the command line and press enter

“netsh wlan show profile”

This will display to you all the saved wifi profiles on your widows machine. I have covered the two profiles of my computer for obvious reasons. Make sure to take note of the name of the network you want to display the password for as we will need this in the next step.

3. Type “netsh wlan show profile name=”XXXXX” key=clear” and press enter

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

Replace the “XXXXX” with the name of the network you want the password of and then your good to go. When you run this command all the networks settings will be shown.

4. Scroll down to security settings

Under the “security settings” section the networks wifi password will be shown on the “Key content” row.

 

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