34 Comments to How to Delete or Forget Wireless Network Profiles in Windows 8.1

  1. Albert Cardona II says:

    This is awesome, I hate the fact they took that out is there someway to download something to this for us.

  2. Gwenole says:

    I found a tool for users to manage their network profiles (change priority, make default, forget, view properties, etc.) without using those command line methods. I believe this is a much more user-friendly solution! You can find it here: http://main.kerkia.com/Products/WinFi/description.aspx.

  3. P Loomis says:

    Very helpful solution for an annoying Windows problem. Thanks!

    1. Ciprian Adrian Rusen says:

      Happy to help!

      1. imran says:

        great solution

  4. Ken says:

    That doesn’t work for me. When I type in netsh wlan delete profile name=”ProfileName”. I get….”One or more parameters for the command are not correct or missing”. The name is correctly spelled. I’ve tried this about 5 times.

    1. Tracey says:

      You don’t need to put in the ” ” and also don’t add the full stop at the end

      1. Ken says:

        Thanks for the reply, but I didn’t put in ” ” or the period and it still didn’t work.

        1. kiper says:

          You do not use the period put it exactly as written and remove the period do not forget you have to run cmd as an administrator.

  5. Imran says:

    Just use Classic Shell’s Start Menu to access the functions of the old wireless folder: http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-manage-wireless-networks-in-windows-8-1-and-windows-8-using-classic-shell/

  6. John says:

    As a tech support agent you can’t go installing 3rd party equipment on customer’s computers, so that would be out of the question. Thanks for this post, though. Very helpful.

  7. Ankit Gupta says:

    great solution

  8. George says:

    Beginner, that I am, none of this helped me. How do I forget a whole heap of networks my computer detects but that I don’t want? These methods only work for networks you have installed in the first place.

  9. Jayme says:

    I was completely confused on how to use my wifi when I upgraded from 8 to 8.1. This was amazing, it helped incredibly. I had to reset my internet modem to factory default, and the password was different from what it I had changed on my computer. I couldn’t left click it to change it. This explained it all wonderfully, thanks!!

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  10. OS says:

    Shame on Microsoft and Thank you!

  11. Rajan KC says:

    Hello there,
    I mistakenly pressed forget my wireless network profile. I tried it through cmd, but it doesn’t shows my wireless network but shows all others WiFi network. Please help me recover it..

    1. kiper says:

      use the built in windows network finder.if its your own router plug it in with an ethernet cable to find your password if its not your get the password from whomever you got it from in the first place.if your hacking it you are at the wrong page.

  12. PS says:

    I am running Windows 8.1. I have been annoyed that my wireless network name shows a “2” behind it. I remembered from Windows 7, that this would occur if I would have multiple profiles for the same SSID.

    However, when doing a netsh wlan show profiles, I could not find any profile with a 2 behind it. Deleting the profile, and creating a new one and the network name still shows it with a 2 behind it.

    Looking at the registry under NetworkListProfiles, I find much more profiles than is listed with netsh and yes, it does show “Network Name” and “Network Name 2”.

    Any thoughts on what is going on?

    1. Jax says:

      Deleting WiFi profile data from Windows Registry

      1. Press the Win key + R combination from the keyboard, type ‘regedit’ in the run dialogue box and then click on OK.

      2. In the registry editor, navigate to the following path:

      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionNetworkListProfiles
      3. In the left pane, you can see all the sub keys under the Profiles key related to the network connections, both for Ethernet and Wlan type.


      4. Highlight every sub-key by clicking on it from the left pane and check the ProfileName at the right pane. If it matches with the name that you deleted earlier through command prompt, simply delete that sub-key by right-clicking on it from the left pane.

      This deletes the WiFi profile data completely from your system.

      1. sam says:

        Thank you so much for your providing the information here… You’ve many great day ahead. Thank you again!!!

  13. Joseph says:

    hi there ,
    thanx for the useful tutorial i find your tips very useful…great work!

  14. nikki says:

    ive only seen my problem on windows community but when you pull up wifi connections they are all on auto connect and wont uncheck, soon as you uncheck it, it checks itself back no matter what we do (ive done everything) nothing works. i am going to try this and hope for the best lol its literally my last resort, ive refreshed the computer and installed windows 8.1 again and went through every connection setting there was to go through 🙁

  15. Randy1 says:

    Did The job, deleting the profiles got me input the network key, all good now.

  16. jane555 says:

    Brilliant! Installed easily,used an office product key from &&& windows 8.1 key sale@@@on bing and then it worked fine , perfect torrent ,

  17. Rohit says:

    How to forget all network in just one cammand

  18. Jeh Fran Huelar says:

    Wonderful! This was very helpful!

  19. abdullah says:

    Worked 100% !!
    thanks for this solution !

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  21. manish says:

    “netsh wlan delete profile name=* i* ” i used this code to delete all the profiles from cmd …. but after that when i entered the code “netsh wlan show profiles” it shows
    group profile policy

    user profiles

    I’m tired of this thing now ……please give me the solution………
    I;m using windows 8.1

  22. Pat says:

    Thanks! After an hour of headache and confusion your advice led me straight to the solution. Easy in retrospect, as always, heh.

  23. Ciro Coleman says:

    Thank you!!

    It is such a relief to find a cogent answer to a question, which isn’t a ‘non’ answer as so many people like to give or has no bearing on the question that was put forward. As my teachers used to say, READ the question!!

    Why Windows, by design or chance, makes some of their processes, which aren’t the essential types, so hard to find is beyond me but, thanks to people like you, we mere ‘mortals’ can understand.



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  24. Laurie says:

    The extra network doesn’t show an SSID, just says Hidden Network. Can’t get rid of it, please help. I can’t get anything to load when it’s on.

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