Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10  

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

    How to Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Network & Sharing
    28 May 2018
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10


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

    Restoring a backed up wireless network profile can be much easier than to manually set up and connect to a wireless network again.

    This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore a specific or all wireless network profiles in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:






    OPTION ONE

    To Back Up Wireless Network Profiles


    1. Open a command prompt, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

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

    netsh wlan show profiles

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10-show_wireless_network_profiles.jpg

    2. Do step 3, step 4, step 5, or step 6 below for what you would like to back up.


     3. To Back Up All Wireless Network Profiles on All Interfaces

    A) In the command prompt, copy and paste the command below you want to use, press Enter, and go to step 7 below.

    (To not include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    (To include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile key=clear folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10-backup_wireless_network_profile-1.jpg


     4. To Back Up All Wireless Network Profiles on Specific Interface

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below you want to use, press Enter, and go to step 7 below.

    (To not include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile interface="interface name" folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    (To include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile key=clear interface="interface name" folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Substitute interface name in the command above with the actual name of the interface from step 1 that the wireless network is on that you want to export as a backup.

    For example:

    netsh wlan export profile key=clear interface="Wi-Fi" folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10-backup_wireless_network_profile-2.jpg


     5. To Back Up Specific Wireless Network Profile on All Interfaces

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below you want to use, press Enter, and go to step 7 below.

    (To not include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile "profile name" folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    (To include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile "profile name" key=clear folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Substitute profile name (SSID) in the command with the actual SSID network profile name from step 1 that you want to export as a backup.

    For example:

    netsh wlan export profile "Brink-Router2" key=clear folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10-backup_wireless_network_profile-3.jpg


     6. To Back Up Specific Wireless Network Profile on Specific Interface

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below you want to use, press Enter, and go to step 7 below.

    (To not include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile "profile name" interface="interface name" folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    (To include security key (password))

    netsh wlan export profile "profile name" key=clear interface="interface name" folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Substitute profile name (SSID) in the command with the actual SSID network profile name from step 1 that you want to export as a backup.

    Substitute interface name in the command with the actual name of the interface that the wireless network is on from step 1 that you want to export as a backup.

    For example:

    netsh wlan export profile "Brink-Router2" key=clear interface="Wi-Fi" folder="%UserProfile%\Desktop"

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10-backup_wireless_network_profile-4.jpg

    7. Each .xml file exported to your desktop is a backup of a wireless network profile. Keep them saved someplace safe.

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






    OPTION TWO

    To Restore Wireless Network Profile(s)


    1. Open a command prompt, and do step 2 or step 3 below for what command you would like to use.


     2. To Restore Wireless Network Profile(s) for Only Current User

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4 below.

    netsh wlan add profile filename="full path of .xml file" user=current


     3. To Restore Wireless Network Profile(s) for All Users

    A) In the command prompt, type the command below, press Enter, and go to step 4 below.

    netsh wlan add profile filename="full path of .xml file" user=all

    Substitute full path of .xml file in the commands above with the actual full path of where you have the .xml file exported from OPTION ONE above saved at.

    For example:

    netsh wlan add profile filename="C:\Users\Shawn\Desktop\Wi-Fi-Brink-Router2.xml" user=all

    Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10-import_wireless_network_profile.jpg


    4. Repeat step 2 or step 3 above if you would like to restore any other wireless network profiles.

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


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10x64
       #1

    Hi, Shawn,
    Is there any way to backup WLAN profile from offline windows?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,805
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello ExaFlop, :)

    I'm not sure about backing up WLAN profiles from offline, but you should be able to do so from Safe Mode if that helps.

    Boot into Safe Mode on Windows 10 Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 10x64
       #3

    10x, Brink, for quick answer.
    I need to export from within Windows PE or another Windows installation on the machine.
    Regards
      My Computer


 

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