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How to Backup or Transfer Wi-Fi Profiles and Passwords in Windows 11

January 15th, 2023 by Admin

Each time you connect to a new Wi-Fi network, Windows will create a wireless profile that contains the SSID, security key (password) and other related information. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple way to backup or transfer Wi-Fi profiles and passwords, when you need to reinstall Windows 11 or import Wi-Fi profiles to another computer.

How to Backup or Transfer Wi-Fi Profiles and Passwords in Windows 11

  1. Right-click the Windows button in the taskbar and choose “Terminal (Admin)“.

  2. Type the following command and press Enter to export all wireless profiles on your system. Remember to replace “D:\wifi_backup” with an existing folder location where you want to store the backup.

    netsh wlan export profile key=clear folder="D:\wifi_backup"

  3. The above command will create a separate .XML file for each wireless profile. If you open any XML file using your Web browser, you can see that the Wi-Fi password is displayed in clear text within the keyMaterial tags.

  4. Now, you can transfer the profiles you’ve already backed up into USB or another computer. When you need to import a wireless profile, run this command.
    netsh wlan add profile filename="full_path_of_xml_file"

    Replace “full_path_of_xml_file” with the path of the XML file associated with the Wi-Fi network you want to restore.

  5. Use the same method to import every wireless profile you want to connect to. Once you complete the above steps, your computer should be able to connect to the Wi-Fi without asking for a password.

That’s it!