How to manually delete WiFi Network Profile in Windows 8.1 / 10

WiFi is not a new term for us. W all use WiFi networks around us to connect our system to access Internet. Most of the devices having WiFi support also have the ‘connect automatically’ facility, so that if you came in the range of a previously used WiFi network, at second instance, you get connected automatically. A time may come when you may find that there are just too many WiFi network profiles present on your Windows 8 computer, many of which you may not need now. In this post, we will see how to manually delete WiFi Network Profiles in Windows 8.1.

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Basically, Windows doesn’t provide you the native options to delete a WiFi network from the profiles list. In Windows 8.1, you have the option to Forget Network. However, forgetting network does not completely remove the entries of the network profile. If you connect using this network in the future, you might face trouble while connecting. In such a case, you may need to erase the unusable WiFi networks manually following this way:

Delete WiFi Network Profiles

1. Open administrative Command Prompt and run following command to get list of all the wireless networks to which your system has made connection:

netsh wlan show profiles

Delete-Wi-Fi-Network-Profiles-W8.1-22. Refer to above shown image, suppose we want to delete the wireless network profile dlink 15. So we run this command to erase it:

netsh wlan delete profile name=”dlink 15

Here you can replace the dlink 15 network with the WiFi network profile name you wish to delete on your system, Windows will notify you when it is done. You can re-run the command mentioned in step 1 to assure that the network profile has been removed. However, still there is no complete removal of network, so go to the next step.

3. Moving on, press Windows Key + R combination, type put Regedt32.exe in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.

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4. Navigate here:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\NetworkList\Profiles

delete WiFi Network Profile

5. In the left pane of this location, under the Profiles key, you’ll see long name subkeys. For each network, either it is WiFi or Ethernet type, there is a unique key.

You have to highlight each key in left pane and in the right pane, check the ProfileName string’s Value data; like we have found the entry for dlink 15 which we deleted in step 2. Once you find correct subkey for deleted network profile, right click on it and select Delete.

Thus your selected network profile gets removed completely.

That’s it!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP and a Microsoft Content Creator. Please read the entire post & the comments first & create a system restore point before making any changes to your system.