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Wireless Network Security Key - Find in Windows 8


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Wireless Network Security Key - Find in Windows 8
While your PC is connected to your wireless network, this tutorial will show you how to find the wireless network security key in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
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How to Find Your Wireless Network Security Key in Windows 8 and 8.1
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While your PC is connected to your wireless network, this tutorial will show you how to find the wireless network security key in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
How to Find Your Wireless Network Security Key in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
A wireless network security key is the password required to be able to connect your PC to a secured access point (ex: router) on a wireless network.

While your PC is connected to your wireless network, this tutorial will show you how to find the wireless network security key in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
If you are not currently connected to your wireless network, then you will be unable to find it's security key in Windows.


If you have not changed the security key in your router's wireless settings, or have reset your router back to default, then some wireless router manufacturers set a default security key or password which may be on the bottom of your router or in the router’s documentation. Look for the following terms:

  • Passphrase
  • Security Key
  • Wireless Key
  • WPA Key
  • WPA2 Key
  • WEP Key




OPTION ONE
To Find Wireless Network Security Key in Wireless Properties

1. Do step 2, 3, 4, or 5 below for what Windows you have, and how you would like to open Wireless Properties.​
2. In Windows 8 or Windows RT, open Charms, click/tap on Settings, click/tap on the wireless network icon Wireless_Icon.png , and go to step 3A below. (see screenshot below)​
Charms-1.jpg

3. In Windows 8 or Windows RT, while on your desktop, click/tap on the wireless network icon Wireless_Icon.png in the taskbar notification area.​
A) Right click or press and hold on the connected wireless network name (ex: Brink-Router), click/tap on View connection properties, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​
Windows-8_Networks.jpg

4. In Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, or Windows RT 8.1, open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon, click/tap on the Connections link for your wireless profile name (ex: Brink-Router) on the right, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)​
Wireless_Security_Key-1.jpg

5. In Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows RT, or Windows RT 8.1, open the Control Panel (icons view), click/tap on the Network and Sharing Center icon, click/tap on the Change adapter settings link on the left. (see screenshot above)​
A) Click/tap on the connected wireless profile (ex: Brink-Router), and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)​
OR
B) Select the connected wireless profile (ex: Brink-Router), click/tap on View status of this connection in the toolbar, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)​
OR
C) Right click or press and hold on the connected wireless profile (ex: Brink-Router), click/tap on Status, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)​
Wireless_Security_Key-2.jpg

6. Click/tap on Wireless Properties. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: Wireless Properties will not be available if this wireless network is not currently connected.​
Wireless_Security_Key-3.jpg

7. Click/tap on the Security tab, and check the Show characters box under Network security key to be able to see it. (see screenshot below)​
Wireless_Security_Key-4.jpg







OPTION TWO
To Find Wireless Network Security Key in Command Prompt

1. Open a command prompt.​
2. In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)​
NOTE: This command will show you a list of all wireless network profiles (ex: Brink-Router) on your PC. You will need this information in step 3 below.​
netsh wlan show profiles
Wireless_Security_Key-CMD-1.jpg

3. In the command prompt, type the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below step 4)​
Note   Note
Substitute ProfileName in the command below with your actual wireless profile name (ex: Brink-Router) from step 2 above.
Note   Note

netsh wlan show profile name=ProfileName key=clear
For example: I would type this below exactly for my Brink-Router wireless profile name.​
netsh wlan show profile name=Brink-Router key=clear

4. You will see your wireless network security key to the right of Key Content under the Security settings section. (see screenshot below)​
Wireless_Security_Key-CMD-2.jpg




That's it,
Shawn


 
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Thank you very much.
This is a great tutorials Mr brink.:thumb:
 

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You're most welcome. I'm glad it could help. :)
 

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This is exactly what I was looking or, but it doesn't appear to be doing it for me. The point at which it goes of the rails is 3a. When I right-click on my connected wireless network, nothing much happens... i.e. no menu appears. Any ideas on why this might be?
 

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Hello Numpty, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Since you have Windows 8.1, step 3 wouldn't apply to you. You would need to use step 4 or 5, or OPTION TWO instead. :)
 

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Hello Ted, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)

What happens when you try to open a command prompt?

Any error messages?
 

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