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  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64W

    WiFi Management

    I just had a new Internet connection added to my system. Previously, I used our buildings WiFi, but it frequently faulted and needed a reset by building management. They were afraid to touch the equipment, so I finally gave up and go my own via AT&T. I connect with a USB WiFi adapter.

    My problem -- the building WiFi networks show when I click on the Internet access icon near the notification area of Win10 and they show "Connect Automatically". I un-check that, but the next time I look, it's checked again (supposedly, you can right click a network shown on that list and select "Forget", but I don't get that option -- just "Connect" .) So I go to Manage Networks but only my AT&T network show up, so I can't choose the other one's to "Forget". Not sure where to go from here.
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  3. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64W
    Thread Starter

    As I mentioned in my post, So I go to Manage Networks but only my AT&T network show up, so I can't choose the other one's to "Forget".
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  4. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Use Command Prompt to delete a saved Wi-Fi network.

    How to Delete a Saved Wi-Fi Network on Windows 10
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  5. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64W
    Thread Starter

    Command Prompt method only shows my AT&T connections. All the others are still there when I click the icon in the notification area. Some are set to connect automatically, and a couple will. Really lost on what to do.
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  6. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS Mojave

    You will always see those connections. If you installed software that came with that adapter, it can override built in Network Management for Wifi built into Windows. Double check this and uninstall any software that came with that adapter, you do not need it, just the drivers. Without the proper credentials for that SSID, you would not be able to connect. Double check that your network is set to private, along with double check the following.

    1. Launch the “Settings” app from the Start Menu.
    2. Click on “Network & Internet” and then choose the “Wi-Fi” option from the menu on the left.
    3. Proceed to click on “Manage known networks” link and from the list select the network you don’t want to automatically connect to.
    4. Right click on the connection and click on “Properties”.
    5. Now simply look for the “Connect automatically when in range” option and set it “Off”.
    6. Another way around is to click “Change Adapter Settings” when you’ve clicked the “Wi-Fi” option and change the auto connection settings by changing the wireless properties of the desired network.
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  7. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64W
    Thread Starter

    No software was installed. I use the same USB adapter. Here's what they look like:
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  8. bro67's Avatar
    Posts : 7,328
    Mac OS Mojave

    So what is the issue again?
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  9. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 Pro x64W
    Thread Starter

    I want to "forget" those other networks or at least change them to not automatically connect, but I need to do it from Manage know networks or the command line process, but they aren't listed (but they are real and I can connect to them.)

    Why are they not displayed in the Manage know networks?
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  10. EdTittel's Avatar
    Posts : 3,474
    Windows 10

    I wrote a blog post back in 2017 about how to clean up old network profiles using the netsh commands. You'd have to run the netsh wlan show profiles command, capture and parse those results, then use them to issue necessary netsh wlan delete profile name="<string>" commands to get rid of the ones you don't want. This could indeed be automated, but would take some programming effort. I'm not aware of any such tool, but I'd like one of them too, if you find one.

    That blog post resides at Clean Up Old Wireless Profiles in Windows 10 - Windows Enterprise Desktop.


    PS: the logic I'd use is to set the profiles I wanted to keep, then to issue delete commands for all that don't match the contents of the keep list. As a programming task, that's pretty simple:
    1. get profiles
    2. for all entries in profile list
    delete entry if-not-equal-to keeplist
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