RANT about Finding Wifi Password (and Windows in general)

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  1. The Pool Man's Avatar
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    RANT about Finding Wifi Password (and Windows in general)


    Full Disclosure -- I'm not seeking an answer. I'm letting off RANT steam. Please do not tell me to contact MS with this because this would have been fixed a long time ago if Microsoft 'thought' this way.

    My retired Dad has a PC. Isn't Windows savvy at all. My wife visited him and asked what his Wifi-Password is. He had no clue. Better yet -- he wasn't even sure he had Wifi. Yes.

    So you can go to Google or YouTube and find a couple hundred 'easy' ways to find out what his Wifi Password is. On his PC, of course. I was about to email him the simplest solutions and I decided not to. Because the best two WERE NOT simple for someone like my Dad.

    It occurs to me that I should be able to say --

    1. Dad. Bottom left of keyboard. See that funny key that looks like a flag or window? Hit it.
    2. Now type, "What is my Wifi password?"
    3. If it asks for your account password, provide it.
    4. Write down your password somewhere. Or click the button that says, "Save Password to desktop sticky note."

    Now of course there are good odds he doesn't know his account password, but if he did -- wasn't that easy? All other ways require that you have to click through about six things. Windows with all it's needless clicking.

    Why oh why hasn't Microsoft created a team that ONLY reduces steps? That's all the team would do. Each time a member found an unnecessary step they get $5000. The system would simply FLY if all these stooooooopid extra steps were erased.

    Rant over.
    Last edited by The Pool Man; 31 Jan 2020 at 01:59.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Guess that's why the internet and Youtube were invented: so people could ask Google
    'How do you...' and watch 'How to' videos.

    Can't be any other reason After all Windows doesn't come with a manual. Which is of course a giant MS cop-out (sorry cost-saving).
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  3. swarfega's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    Guess that's why the internet and Youtube were invented: so people could ask Google
    'How do you...' and watch 'How to' videos.

    Can't be any other reason After all Windows doesn't come with a manual. Which is of course a giant MS cop-out (sorry cost-saving).
    They do provide Get Help and Tips.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    The Pool Man said:
    Full Disclosure -- I'm not seeking an answer. I'm letting off RANT steam...

    I like to read a good clean rant. I hope it was cathartic for you...

    My wife visited him and asked what his Wifi-Password is. He had no clue.
    In such circumstances I look for the router, then press its WPS button - "Oh look, seems I don't need a password after all...".


    PS: when you get home at your leisure you can find out what that password is by saving the WiFi profile as clear text.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...a.html#option1
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  5. Porthos's Avatar
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    ISP/s here place a tag on the modem with the info. Of course, if you own your own equipment it is all on you.
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  6. swarfega's Avatar
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    Porthos said:
    ISP/s here place a tag on the modem with the info. Of course, if you own your own equipment it is all on you.
    They do that in the UK too. Our router has a slide out plastic tab with the wifi and admin passwords on.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    Just in case for those that may be seeking an answer:

    See Wireless Network Security Key Password in Windows 10
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
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    swarfega said:
    They do provide Get Help and Tips.
    Hmm, if those were anything like adequate, Brink would be out of a job!

    Plus some of the links don't lead anywhere useful 'broken/abandoned'. Win 7 was better in this respect. That said, clicking the Help icon in file explorer is now quite interesting...
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  9. swarfega's Avatar
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    They should hire Brink.
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  10. The Pool Man's Avatar
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    Bree said:
    I like to read a good clean rant. I hope it was cathartic for you...
    Yes
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