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Backup and restore Wireless network profiles in Windows 10

In Windows 10, it is possible to create a backup of your wireless network configuration. This will include authorized SSIDs, saved passwords and other information related to wireless network profiles stored on your PC such as the authentication used. All this information will be stored in a file, so you will be able to restore your wireless connection configuration quickly from that file after you reinstall Windows 10.

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Create a backup of wireless profiles in Windows 10

To backup of your wireless network configuration in Windows 10, you need to do the following:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt.Windows 10 open command prompt
  2. First, it is a good idea to see which wireless profiles you have stored in Windows 10. Type the following command:
    netsh wlan show profiles

    In my case, there is only one wireless profile named "SSID01":Windows 10 wireless profiles stored on PC

  3. To backup all profiles at once, enter the following:
    netsh wlan export profile key=clear folder=C:\wifi

    Replace the folder path=C:\wifi with the path to the folder where you want to store the backup. The folder should exist.
    It will create XML files, one per wireless profile:Windows 10 wireless profiles exported

    Note: This command will save all your wireless profiles along with stored passwords. In case you want to create a backup without passwords, just omit the "key=clear" part of the command, i.e.:

    netsh wlan export profile folder=C:\wifi
  4. To back up only a single wireless profile, type the following command:
    netsh wlan export profile "type_profile_name_here" key=clear folder=c:\wifi

    Again, you can omit the "key=clear" parameter to store the profile without the password.

Restore a wireless profile from a backup in Windows 10

To restore a wireless profile in Windows 10, you need to use one of the following commands:

  • To restore the profile and make it available only for the current user:
    netsh wlan add profile filename="c:\wifi\profilename.xml" user=current

    Replace "c:\wifi\profilename.xml" with the actual path to the desired backup file from which you want to restore.

  • To restore the profile and make it available for all user accounts on the Windows PC:
    netsh wlan add profile filename="c:\wifi\profilename.xml" user=all

Windows 10 wireless profiles restoredThat's it. As you can see, the netsh wlan command makes it very easy to manage your wireless networks. It contains functionality that is missing in the GUI. Using it, you can easily backup and restore wireless profiles in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

18 thoughts on “Backup and restore Wireless network profiles in Windows 10”

  1. How do you import profiles en masse, so if you have a directory with profiles exported from your window 7 computer and want to import them all into windows 10

    1. Execute in the folder with your profiles:
      forfiles /S /C “netsh wlan add profile filename=@path user=current”

  2. Yeah…I have like 200 profiles (I’m in IT management) importing 1 at a time ain’t gonna work. Any other way to import all files at once?

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