Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10

    Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10

    How to Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10
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    How to Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10

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    When you connect to a new wireless network, Windows will create a profile for the wireless network. A wireless (Wi-Fi) network profile contains the network name (SSID), password key, and security information to be able to connect to a wireless network.

    This tutorial will show you how to delete (forget) a wireless network connection profile created in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Settings app
    • Option Two: To Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Networks flyout
    • Option Three: To Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Command Prompt





    Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10
    To Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Settings app

    1. Open the Settings app, click/tap on the Network & Internet icon.

    2. Click/tap on Wi-Fi in the left pane, and click/tap on the Manage known networks link under Wi-Fi on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the wireless network name (ex: Brink-Router2) you want to manage, click/tap on Forget. (see screenshot below)

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    4. When finished, you can close the Settings app if you like.





    Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10
    To Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Networks flyout

    Note   Note
    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 16215.


    1. Click/tap on the network system icon in the notification area to open the Networks flyout.

    2. Right click or press and hold on a known Wi-Fi network (ex: Brink-Router2) you want to delete, and click/tap on Forget. (see screenshot below)

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    Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Delete Wireless Network Profile in Windows 10
    To Delete a Wireless Network Profile in Command Prompt

    1. Open a command prompt.

    2. In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: This command will give you a list of all wireless network profiles on each interface on your PC.

    netsh wlan show profiles

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    3. Do step 4 or step 5 below for how you would like to delete the profile.


     4. To Delete a Wireless Network Profile from All Interfaces on PC

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    netsh wlan delete profile name="WirelessProfileName"


    For example, if I wanted to delete my listed Brink-Router2 2 (name) wireless network profile, I would type the command below exactly.

    netsh wlan delete profile name="Brink-Router2 2"

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     5. To Delete a Wireless Network Profile from a Specific Interface on PC

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

    netsh wlan delete profile name="WirelessProfileName" interface="InterfaceName"


    For example, if I wanted to delete my listed Brink-Router2 (name) wireless network profile only from the Wi-Fi interface, I would type the command below exactly.

    netsh wlan delete profile name="Brink-Router2" interface="Wi-Fi"


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    6. When finished, you can close the command prompt if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    31 Jan 2017 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Pretoria South Africa
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    Hi Shawn.

    I notice that when deleting unwanted network profiles using any of the methods, that the networks remain listed in the network list in registry under the profiles tab.

    I s it a good idea (or risky?) to delete the profiles for unwanted networks? When travelling a lot, one tends to accumulate many public Wi-Fi profiles that you may never use again.
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  2.    31 Jan 2017 #2
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    Sure, you could safely delete them in the registry as well.
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  3.    31 Jan 2017 #3
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    Tks.
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