This section is for those who have lost and/or forgotten the password for their wireless network (wireless internet connection). This usually happens when they have used the password supplied by their broadband supplier, which is normally located on the router's labelling or on a plastic card, and have since change that password and subsequently forgot it. A typical case of the changed password being "Easy To Remember" at the time, but now "Cannot for the life of me think what it is!".
To retrieve a wireless network (wireless internet connection) password begin by opening the Network Connections window - Right click on the START Menu button and select (left click on) the NETWORK CONNECTIONS menu-item to bring up (open) the Network & Internet settings window whereby you will see your Network Status on the right-side of that settingss window (Fig 1.1).
Fig 1.0 Right click on the START Menu button and select NETWORK CONNECTIONS
Fig 1.1 Click on the CHANGE ADAPTOR OPTIONS link to continue
With the Network & Internet settings window open (above), look down the Network Status window pane (on the right-side) and click on the CHANGE ADAPTOR OPTIONS link to continue. Doing so will open the Network Connections window (control panel), which is actually a folder, where you should then see at least two network connection icons inside it. The Ethernet Cable connection (Ethernet) and the Wireless connection (WiFi). Right click on the WIFI icon to display its context (options) menu and then select the STATUS menu-item.
Fig 1.2 Click on the STATUS menu-item to continue
After clicking on the STATUS menu-item the WiFi Status window will open whereby you then need to click on its WIRELESS PROPERTIES button to open the Wireless Network Properties window (Fig 1.4).
Fig 1.3 Click on the WIRELESS PROPERTIES button to continue
Fig 1.4 Click on the SECURITY Tab (mini window) to continue
When the Wireless Network Properties window opens (above) click on its SECURITY Tab (mini window). And when the SECURITY Tab is displayed, click on (tick) its option called SHOW CHARACTERS (Fig 1.5 below). Doing so will then reveal the wireless network (wireless internet connection) password (Fig 1.6) for this selected wireless network.
Fig 1.5 Click on (tick) the option called SHOW CHARACTERS.....
Fig 1.6 .....to reveal the wireless network (wireless internet connection) password.
You can also use a DOS Command to reveal a particular wireless network's (wireless internet connection's) password - Open a DOS Command Prompt window with Administrator Rights, by right clicking on the START Menu button and selecting the WINDOWS POWERSHELL (ADMIN) menu-item, and then type in the DOS Command netsh wlan show profile "Wireless Network NAME" key=clear | findstr Key before pressing the ENTER keyboard key. So in this example, because the wireless network name is EE-mqjgt9, the DOS Command will be netsh wlan show profile "EE-mqjgt9" key=clear | findstr Key.
Fig 1.7 Right click on the START Menu button and select the WINDOWS POWERSHELL (ADMIN) menu-item
After selecting the COMMAND PROMPT (ADMIN) menu-item a UAC security requester will appear (known shown here) whereby you should click on its YES button to continue. From there you can then type in the DOS Command into the DOS Command Prompt window and press ENTER.
Fig 1.8 Type in netsh wlan show profile "Wireless Network NAME" key=clear | findstr Key, then press ENTER.
Fig 1.9 The password for the "EE-mqjgt9" wireless network (wireless internet connection) has been revealed
If you are not comfortable with the DOS Command Prompt method, use the Control Panel method instead (the first example shown at the beginning of this section).