Finding Wi-Fi Passwords That Have Been Used Previously in Windows Systems

We can obtain the wi-fi, SSID and passwords used in our Windows operating system in two ways.

First one is GUI (graphical user interface) and the other is via Command Prompt. We will demonstrate using both methods.

The first one with GUI; I will show the operations on Windows 10, the appearance may differ in other versions.

First, click the Network icon in the lower right corner of the system or click Network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel.

Network and Sharing Center
Network and Sharing Center

Then click the Wi-Fi broadcast,

Wi-Fi broadcast
Wi-Fi broadcast

Then click the Wireless Properties tab.

Wireless Properties
Wireless Properties

And as the last step, activate the Show characters option from the Security tab, the password with clear text will be visible.

Wireless Properties Network.
Wireless Properties Network.

With this process, you instantly obtained the password of the broadcast you are connected to. You can use Command Prompt to decrypt all broadcasts you’ve been connected to so far. Now let’s perform the operations through the command. First, let’s list all broadcast profiles with the following command.

Command Prompt
Command Prompt

Then, specify the profile we want to obtain the password and ask us to reflect the password as clear text.

Profile information
Profile information

And that’s all, but if you specify the findstr variable assigned to key as follows at the end of the command to see only the key-value instead of all the values of the profile, you get faster results.

findstr Key
findstr Key

I hope it has been a useful article.