How to Backup and Restore Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 10

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)

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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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”

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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”

Note   Note
Substitute interface name in the command 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”

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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 namekey=clear folder=”%UserProfile%\Desktop”

Note   Note
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”

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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”

Note   Note
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”

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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

Note   Note
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

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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.

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