How to recover lost Wi-Fi network passwords

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It often happens that we forget passwords. If you have lost your Wi-Fi network or router password, it is not very difficult to recover it provided that it is stored on your computer. There are two ways in which you can check if the password is saved on your computer. Here are instructions:

Using Wireless Network Connection Properties

1. Right click on the Wi-Fi icon in the notifications area. This will show you all the wireless network connections you have connected to in the past.

2. Right click on the Wi-Fi connection whose password you wish to recover. Then click on “Properties”.

3. In the Properties window, click on the Security tab. Then check the box in front of “Show characters”.

You will be able to see your password. Note that this works only in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Using a wireless key viewer utility

The method described above will not work if you are using Windows Xp. In such cases, you will have to use a key viewer utility such as NirSoft WirelessKeyView. This is a freeware you can download from http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html. This will also work on Windows Vista, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008.

Note: Some antivirus software may detect NirSoft WirelessKeyView was a virus. This is a false positive and can be safely ignored.

If the password has changed or if your computer is not storing the password, you cannot recover it. In such case, you may have to contact your Network administrator or reset the wireless router. Most routers come with a reset pin. Refer to the manual that came with your router for instructions to reset it. After resetting the router you have to create a new password and configure your Wi-Fi connection again.

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