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Backing up Windows wireless settings

When working in Windows computer wireless networks are encrypted and stored in the registry, so we don't have to remember and type them again.
We are talking about WEP passwords, WPA passwords and WPA2 passwords, they are all stored on the Windows registry, and there is an easy way to show them all.

WirelessKeyView main window
Main window showing all the passwords both in Hexadecimal and ASCII.

The software is called WirelessKeyView and can be found on the official website:
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html
Some antivirus may detect it as hack tool, then we need to temporary disable the antivirus software or add this file as an exception.

WirelessKeyView about
WirelessKeyView great tool by Nir Sofer






32 bit and 64 bit

There are two versions 32 bit and 64 bit and the software doesn't need to be installed. It's a portable executable application. Works on Windows XP (service pack 3 for import/export), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and its well maintained.
We just run it and get all the wireless passwords stored on the computer.

WirelessKeyView properties
Wireless network properties

Do we need to connect another wireless device to that wireless network and don't remember the stored password? Run WirelessKeyView and get it.

A very useful option included from version 1.50 on, is the export/import.
We can export all the wireless networks, ESSID, encryption type and password to a text file so we can have a backup and then import from another computer.

WirelessKeyView Export
Export selected items

Great when buying a new laptop. We can transfer all our documents by copy/paste and with WirelessKeyView,  also the stored wireless settings for all the networks where we once connected to.

WirelessKeyView Import
Import keys from export file

This is not for cracking WEP, WPA or WPA2, it just shows the stored passwords that we already typed in the first time we connect to that network.



November 2012.

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