Did you set up your wireless Internet a long time ago, and you have forgotten the password? Or maybe the network was set up by someone else, and the password they gave you is not working, or you have lost it? You might think that your only option is to reset the router and create a new password, but you may have another option if your Windows 7 computer is successfully connected to the wireless network.
Our guide below will direct you to a screen in Windows 7 that will show you the password for the wireless network to which you are currently connected. You can then save that password somewhere so that you can use it to allow other devices to connect to that wireless network as well.
Find the Password for the Wi-Fi Network That Your Computer Is Connected to in Windows 7
The steps in this article assume that you are using a computer that is currently connected to a wireless network, and that you want to find the password for that network. If you are not currently connected to that network, then the steps below will not work.
- Right-click the wireless network icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen, then click the Open Network and Sharing Center option.
- Click the Change adapter settings link in the column at the left side of the window.
- Click the Wireless Network Connection option once to select it, then right-click the Wireless Network Connection option, then click Status.
- Click the Wireless Properties button at the center of the window.
- Click the Security tab at the top of the window.
- Check the box to the left of Show characters. Your wireless network password will be displayed in the Network security key field.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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