How to change a specific Wi-Fi settings in Windows 8

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Leo Lorenzo Luis is a Microsoft MVP, he has also been a Microsoft Student Partner from 2009 to 2011, and became a Worldwide Imagine Cup Finalist to represent the Philippines for 2011 that was held in New York, United States. He is passionate in developing applications in the .NET Framework and has been helping the community to share his expertise and knowledge about the technology. More about Leo on his website http://www.luisleo.net

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It is very common for a device to be connected in your device and there would be times that you would need to update the password of your Wi-Fi connection settings. The reason can be in a number of reasons but a typical way is when you want to tether your smart phone into your tablet and you changed your password for connecting your device to your phone.

If you want to manage your Wi-Fi settings it was easy and possible using the Managing Wireless Networks using Windows 7 in a PC where you just open your control panel and go to manage wireless networks. In Windows 8, they removed this tool so you would have no idea on how to remove the existing Wi-Fi connecting password especially if the Wi-Fi is not available to be use.

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A. When the Wi-Fi connection is available for your device and you just want to update it's existing Wi-Fi password.
1.Open your networks pane and hold and release over the Wi-Fi connection you want to update the network properties.

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2. You should be able to see the context menu for the specific Wi-Fi settings. This will only be available if you were already connected to this Wi-Fi connection setting. You won't be able to see this context menu to other Wi-Fi connection if you are not previously connected to it. You have the ability to show the estimated data usage, set as metered connection, forget the network, turn sharing on or off and view connection properties

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3. It will open the wireless network properties for your selected Wi-Fi connection and from here, you are able to update the network security key.

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B. When the Wi-Fi connection is available for your device and you just want to update it's existing Wi-Fi password.

1. Open your command prompt and type "netsh wlan show profiles". This will give you the list of all Wi-Fi connection that are registered in the device.

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2. Type "netsh wlan show profiles name='profilename'". To show all the connection properties for that connection

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3. Type "netsh wlan show profiles name='profilename' key=clear". To show the password for the selected Wi-Fi connection

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4. You can type "netsh wlan delete profile name='profilename'" to delete the connection so that you will have the ability to connect to the connection again and it will you will have the opportunity to enter the new password if ever your Wi-Fi has a new password.


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Article ID: 2805355 - Last Review: September 25, 2013 - Revision: 2.1
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