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Updating WiFi network profile info

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    Windows 8.1

    Updating WiFi network profile info


    My wife has a Lenovo laptop running 8.1. We recently changed our router, and I tried to set it up the same as the one it replaced. However, I found that a couple of devices wouldn't connect to it, because I hadn't put in a passphrase, just the WEP key. Putting in a passphrase fixed the problem, but meant that the WEP key changed, and the laptop could no longer connect to it (understandably). In all my experiments to try to find a way of editing the network's profile parameters, I think I discovered that there is no way to update the network settings in Windows 8.1. Even if you 'Forget' the network, it still appears in the list of visible networks, and when you try to connect to it, it never prompts for the WEP key, it just says "cannot connect to this network". I presume this is due to the fact that it hasn't forgotten it altogether, and it tries to re-use the old connection information. In the end I deleted the profile for that network from the registry, but it seems like a bit of a brutal fix. Is there a better way to do this?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Phil, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Double check using OPTION THREE below to make sure that the wireless network doesn't have a profile with the command below.

    netsh wlan show profiles

    Wireless Network Profile - Delete in Windows 8

    The list of available wireless networks is just that. You don't get as profile until you actually connect to one. If you like, you could use OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to add the wireless network to your blocked filter list to no longer see it in the list of available wireless networks.

    Wireless Networks - Allow or Block with Filter in Windows

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks Brink. I'll copy the thread in case I have need of it again. I think the profile existed because it had previously logged in to the network, and the new router uses the same SSID. With hindsight, it would have been easier if I'd given it a new name, but I didn't realise that keeping the same name would be a problem.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Hopefully, you won't need it.
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