How to Back Up and Restore Wireless Network Profiles on Windows 11 or 10?

PC creates a profile by connecting a new wireless (Wi-Fi) network to your Windows 11 or 10 that contains details of that connection. If you have saved the SSID and password of any wireless profile, Windows automatically connects to that network next time. So there is no need to remember the complicated password to connect your PC each time you turn on your computer.

If you move or format your computer and install a fresh Windows 11 or 10, you must configure each wireless profile again. Microsoft provides an easy way to backup and restores wireless profiles.

This risewindows article will show how to back up and restore a wireless network profile on a Windows 11/10.

How to View Stored Wireless Network Profiles on Windows 11 or 10?

Use these steps to view all stored wireless network profiles:-

Step 1. Open an administrative Command Prompt window.

Step 2. Next, type the following and hit the Enter key to display all wireless profiles on your PC:-

netsh wlan show profiles

If you complete those steps, the command prompt will display all wireless profiles on your PC.

How to Back Up your Wireless Network Profiles on Windows 11 or 10?

To backup wireless network profiles on Windows 11 or 10, use these steps:-

Step 1. First, open an administrative Command Prompt window.

Step 2. Next, type the following and hit the Enter key:-

netsh wlan export profile key=clear folder=C:\Wireless

Quick Note: Please replace the “C:\Wireless” with the folder location you want to store the backup.

Complete the above steps; each wireless profile will be saved in the specified folder in XML file format.

If you want to create a backup without passwords, use this command instead:-

netsh wlan export profile folder=C:\Wireless

How to Back Up Specific Wireless Network Profile on Windows 11 or 10?

To back up a network profile, use these steps:-

Step 1. Open an administrative Command Prompt window.

Step 2. Type the following and hit the Enter key on the keyboard:-

netsh wlan export profile "profile_name" key=clear folder=c:\Wireless

Quick Note: Replace the “profile_name” to create a backup. If you create a backup without passwords, use this command:-

netsh wlan export profile "profile_name" folder=c:\Wireless

How to Restore a Wireless Profile from a Backup on Windows 11 or 10?

Use this command to restore a wireless profile in Windows 11 or 10:-

netsh wlan add profile filename="C:\Wireless\profilename.xml" user=current

Quick Note: Please replace “C:\Wireless\profilename.xml” in the above command with an existing wireless profile and repeat the above command for all wireless profiles.

If you need to restore the wireless profile in Windows 11 or 10 for all user accounts, use this command:-

netsh wlan add profile filename="C:\Wireless\profilename.xml" user=all

If you restored all the wireless profiles on your PC, give the following command in the elevated Command Prompt to see:-

netsh wlan show profiles

How to Back Up and Restore Network Profiles in Windows 11 or 10 using NetSetMan?

To back up and restore network profiles using NetSetMan, do these steps:-

Step 1. Download NetSetMan and install it on your Windows machine.

Step 2. Double-click on its desktop shortcut icon to launch.

Step 3. Click the Wi-Fi tab on the left side.

Step 4. Then, click the Profiles button.

Step 5. Select a profile for backup and hit the Export button.

Step 6. See two options in the drop-down menu: “Password: Encrypted” and “Password: Plaintext.” Select the required option.

Step 7. In the pop-up window, select a location and click the Save button to keep a backup of the desired profile.

Run the NetSetMan to restore the profile on the next computer, and go to WI-Fi > Profile. Now, select the Import button and locate the XML file you exported in the previous steps.

That’s it.

Above are the steps to backup and restore wireless network profiles using NetSetMan.

Download NetSetMan

If you need then you can download the NetSetMan software from here.

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