View & Change Wireless Network Connection Priority in Windows 10/8/7

Yesterday we saw how to make Windows use Wired connection instead of Wireless connection. In this post we will see how to view & change Wireless Network Connection Priority in Windows 10/8 using CMD. Windows 8/10 does not have a Wireless Profile manager, which was available in Windows 7.  Let us see how to change Wireless Network Connection Priority, natively using the command prompt.

Change Wireless Network Connection priority

Windows 7

In Windows 7 you can open the Control Panel > Network& Sharing > Manage Wireless Networks. Once here, you will see all the WiFi networks.

Change Wireless Network Connection priority

Right-click on a network and you will see context menu options like Properties, Remove network, Rename, Move up or Move down. These options will help you manage your WiFi networks.

Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7

For checking the list of Wireless Networks you connected to earlier and find out their priority, open a command prompt window. For this, open the WinX menu and click on Command Prompt. Next, run the command given below

netsh wlan show profiles

There, you will see the priority of your wireless networks. Maybe you would like to change it a bit. To do this, you will need to have information about the name of your interface (Wi-Fi as seen here), and the network name whose priority you would want to change.

When all is in place, run the following command

netsh wlan set profileorder name= “Reliance” interface=”Wi-Fi” priority=1

Here replace Reliance with the name of your network, and Wi-Fi with the name of your network interface.

change Wireless Network Connection Priority

That’s it!

Now, when you go back and check your profiles you will find that ‘Reliance’ has moved upwards.

Cmd final

You can always use our freeware WiFi Profile Manager which tries to fill in this gap in Windows 8/10, to manage your WiFi profile.

Hope that helps!

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

6 Comments

  1. Beeeater

    Why oh why does Microsoft have this habit of hiding or removing the most useful features??

  2. Steven Seagull

    Not just that, my Win8.1 laptop prioritizes my neighbours non-secure wifi instead of my own when I restart it. In Windows 7 I could easily stop it from doing this via the UI, now I have to put in all this time to find a solution. It’s ridiculous…

  3. Ken Plowman

    have you had any luck? I just want to get rid of all of those other wifi connections that are checked auto, I uncheck them go to another and come back, and it is checked again

  4. Steven Seagull

    I deleted all wifi profiles (in netsh) and reset the wifi settings. Now it doesn’t auto connect when I’ve unticked the auto connect setting.

  5. David Shirley

    My windows 10 desktop will no longer let me get on the internet no matter which browser I use. My connection is connected to the internet and I have internet access as I am using my windows 7 ultimate laptop now. I believe I may have got a virus or something that attacks my DNS on my desktop. If you have any suggestions on how to fix it please let me know. Thank you.

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