Backup and Restore WiFi or Wireless Network Profiles in Windows

We always prefer backing up our important data – and for that we have many free backup software available. But have you ever backed up your WiFi or Wireless Network Profile?

Today we will show you how to Backup and Restore your Wireless Network Profiles in Windows. Windows 7 has an in-built feature that lets you do so very easily. To get started, you would need to have a USB storage device ready; it can be anything such as a USB Pen drive or any other Mass Storage device.

Backup WiFi Network Profiles

Step 1: Open Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center. In the left side, you will be able to see an option “Manage Wireless Networks”.  Click on the option to proceed.

Step 2: Double click the connection you want to back up. Now you can see another window, displaying the details about the network.

Click on the option that says: “Copy this network profile to a USB flash Drive.”

Step 3: A new wizard will start. You simply need to follow the on-screen instructions and click on the Next button – but make sure that the USB drive displayed is correct.

When the task is finished, click on Close.

Do note that any other previously taken backups of wireless network profiles would be deleted on the USB drive. If you want to have those backups also, copy the backup files from the root folder of the Drive to any other Folder.

Step 4: Now you have successfully backed up your Wireless Network Profile.

Now let’s see how to restore the Wireless Network Profile.

Restore WiFi Network Profiles

Step 1: Plugin your USB drive into the computer that you want to restore the Wireless Network Profile.

Step 2: In the autorun menu click on the option that says: “Connect to a Wireless Network”. That’s all! You would be connected to your Wireless Network very quickly and the Network Profile would be restored to that PC.

If the autorun has been disabled on that PC, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Open the USB flash drive with Windows Explorer.

Step 2: There will be a setup file called setupSNK.exe in the root folder of USB drive. Open that setup file and you will be prompted by a message box. Click on “Yes” and you are done! You’ve now successfully restored your backup.

Using netsh

You can also do it using the command line netsh tool. To list all your WiFi network profiles, open an elevated command prompt, type the following and hit Enter:

netsh wlan show profiles

To back up or export all your WiFi network profiles, use the following command:

netsh wlan export profile folder=C:\wifinetback

To restore or import the WiFi profiles, use this:

netsh wlan add profile filename=”c:\wifinetback\network-profile-name.xml” user=all

Hope you liked the tip!

Now Read: Delete, remove or forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10.

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.